Free Online Yoga Videos

  • Strike A Pose: Hanumanasana (Yoga Splits!)

    Ready to stretch it out? Like really stretch it out?

    Well, here’s your online yoga opportunity to bend it like it's hot.

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    Tune into Kino MacGregor’s free online yoga video demoing Hanumanasana - the Yoga Splits - a movement that is introduced in the Ashtanga Yoga Third Series and is meant as a preparation for deep backbends.

    In this online yoga video you will explore the traditional way to enter and exit the yoga splits in Ashtanga Yoga.

    Instead of just hanging out in the posture - as is oftentimes the case - you will practice the splits in combination with a full Vinyasa and conscious breathing.

    In doing so, you will build strength and structural integrity, cultivate a deep connection to your core, and create more openness in your hips to bring more energy into the pelvis.

    Be careful and conscious about over-stretching. Don't try this unless you are open enough and have enough body intelligence. If you are ready and open, don’t rush the process! Proceed cautiously and consciously without force or strain. And most importantly, keep breathing!

    Enjoy! 

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    Image Credit: Full Splits via www.linneakrmr5.tumblr.com 

  • Strike A Pose: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana with Kino MacGregor

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    This week’s online yoga demo features Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana).

    Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe - a balancing yoga posture - offers many benefits including:

    • Strength: Fortifies the strength of the legs and ankles
    • Flexibility: Opens up the backs of the legs
    • Balance: Greatly improves sense of balance

    This free online yoga video is beginner friendly, so don’t hesitate to tune in even if you are new to the Ashtanga Yoga method.

    First introduced in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana is one of the hardest postures to practice, so don't get too discouraged if you aren't picking it up right away.

    If you are a newbie, start off with the easy modifications presented in this online yoga video until you have the balance, strength and flexibility to go deeper.

    Tips + Tricks:

    • Don't rush the process.
    • Proceed with caution if you have ankle or low back injuries.
    • If you’re pretty wobbly, consider using the wall or a chair for support.
    • Keep your pelvic floor engaged to keep your center of gravity strongly supporting you.
    • Use your hip for mobility
    • Use your pelvis for stability.
    • Steady your mind.
    • Steady your gaze.
    • Try to relax.
    • And most importantly, enjoy the process!

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  • Strike A Pose: Chaturanga with Kino MacGregor

    If you’re new to practice of yoga, one of the hardest poses to work on is Chaturanga Dandasana or Four-Limbed Staff Pose a.k.a. the “yoga push-up.”

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    Chaturanga is a key player of the Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga methods. And for good reason. Chaturanga has ability to turn you into one lean, mean yogi machine. This pose builds strength and lots of it!  Keep practicing Chaturanga and you’re bound to develop more strength in your wrists, arms, shoulders, chest, core, and even in your inner thighs if you’re engaging them correctly.

    Yet, the full expression of Chaturanga Dandasana is quite tricky to perform at first, until your arms, back, and legs are tough enough to tackle it.

    How do you build that toughness?

    Start off easy in Kino MacGregor’s free online yoga video, designed to help you build the strength needed to master Chaturanga.

    In this beginner yoga video, Kino will share some good techniques, alignment cues, and modifications to help you safely practice Chaturanga Dandasana. This is one of the hardest postures in the Ashtanga Yoga method for beginners, but don’t you fear. You got this. Begin this online yoga class in a nice solid plank and work from there! You might just surprise yourself!

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    To discover additional free online yoga videos with Kino, check out our "Strike a Pose" section! 

    Image Credit: Chaturanga via www.fuckyeahyoga.tumblr.com

  • Strike A Pose: Camel Pose with Sarah Ezrin

    This week’s featured Strike-A-Pose yoga video is brought to you by the lovely Sarah Ezrin of Los Angeles, California. In this free online yoga video, Sarah will offer tips on how to strike backbends safely using Camel Pose (Ustrasana) to demonstrate.

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    Keyword: Extension.

    In other words, less backbending and more spinal lengthening.

    In fact, “backbend” is sort of a misnomer. The intention in backbends is really to create spinal length. Creating a long line of energy through the spine helps to avoid any crunching or compression of the lumbar spine, which can over time, lead to lower back pain and injury. No good. So, you really want to go for a longer lower back and feel that lift coming from the upper back.

    Tune in to find more extension in your backbends. Take your time. Feel more lift. And then...only then...begin to arch up and over intelligently and safely.

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    Dig this online yoga demo?

    Check out Sarah's additional free yoga videos and full-length online yoga classes on YogaVibes! 

    Image Credit: Camel Pose via www.jayayogini.tumblr.com 

  • 5 Creative Exercises to Sculpt Your Core

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    Bored with your current core routine? Bummed on your results?

    Freshen up your ab-strengthening program and realize the results you desire with these 5 creative core exercises developed by Danielle Diamond, founder of Xen Strength Yoga. These unique movements will challenge your abs from all directions without a sit up - or anything that remotely resembles a sit up - in sight. So, say goodbye to old school sit ups and turn to yoga to effectively boost your core strength.

    These core exercises - based on foundational yoga postures - will help you to cultivate a strong, solid core without ever having to lie on your back. Two of the exercises in this free online yoga video will utilize weights, but don't worry, because these exercises can be done with or without the weights. Even without, you will most definitely feel the burn!

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    So, what are you waiting for?

    Go ahead and break free from the comfort of your typical core routine. Step things up. Boost your results.

    Dig this online yoga video? Find these exercises and more in our online yoga with weights classes on YogaVibes with Danielle Diamond.

    Photo Credit: Navasana (Boat Pose) via www.damngoodyoga.com

     

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