Free Yoga Videos

  • Practice an Attitude of Gratitude

    If you’re in the States, Thanksgiving is the designated day to express thanks. Almost all cultures have such a day – a day reserved to realize and acknowledge the positive in life, to celebrate supportive and loving families, friends, and communities, and to embrace all the abundance such as yoga, delicious food, a safe home, and, most importantly, health and happiness. We all have something for which to be grateful. In fact, each breath is a gift – a gift to be fully received and celebrated. You are alive!

    Most of us are fortunate to have our most basic and fundamental needs met. Still though, desires and wants always creep in. There is an endless yearning for more. Sometimes, however, less is really more. Sometimes more means more headaches and pulls us further away from what truly matters: happiness, love, peace, and self-realization.

    In our desire for more, we forget to be grateful. That’s why we have a special day to remind us! Really, though, every day should be a day for giving and receiving thanks. Each day, we should express gratitude for the fact that our needs are met. Each day, we should practice contentment for all that we have in life. To quote Sheryl Crow:

    "It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you got."

    Want what ya got.

    Today, take a moment to realize all there is to be grateful for in your life. Acknowledge all the blessings you have received– a loving partner, beautiful children, a true friend, supportive parents, loving siblings, and/or a loyal pet. Be grateful for your body and breath. Be grateful that you can create your world - that you have the free will to change your life as you choose.

    To celebrate this day, here are three online yoga videos featuring practices of gratitude:

    Grateful for Good Postural Awareness with Joanie Flavin (80 mins.)

    This class explores improving the health of your shoulders by strengthening the postural muscles. In the backdrop of our physical practice we will emphasize a practice of gratitude as a means to improve our perspective and perception. Please have two blocks and a strap.

    Alchemy of the Heart: A Backbending Class with Pete Guinosso (75 mins.)

    This online yoga class will guide you in exploring the powerful practice of mindful gratitude, and how such a practice can open you to a life of grace. In this class we will utilize deep hip releases to detoxify the mind and body of negative emotions, experience heart opening backbends to learn where joy and gratitude reside in our bodies, and explore inversions to tap into our spirits' sense of playfulness. Please be sure to watch the free videos entitled - Tucking your Tail and Low Cobra, Revealed - before practicing this all levels online yoga class.

    Strong Roots = Strong Tree with Gigi Yogini (67 mins.)

    This is an invigorating online yoga class with the theme of Grounding with Gratitude. This class will activate your inner power through intention setting, core strengthening, balancing, and a fun (but challenging) tree pose flow.

    Have a beautiful day practicing gratitude! Also, (how could I forget!) enjoy a boundless supply of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and all other delicious Thanksgiving Day delights.

    ~TJ

  • Saddle Pose with Jennifer Beyt Coffin

    This week’s Strike a Pose yoga video is brought to you by Jennifer Beyt Coffin of The Glowing Body yoga studio in Knoxville, TN. In this free online yoga video, Jennifer will walk you through Saddle Pose – a yin yoga posture resembling Supta Virasana (Relining Hero Pose).

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    Saddle Pose can be a tricky yin posture because it is a fairly deep backbend. In this pose, you will deliberately apply pressure to the lumbar spine, which, for some, may feel like murder. For folks suffering from lower back pain, SI joint pain, and/or flattening or degeneration of the lumbar spine, the full expression of Saddle Pose may be problematic.

    Fortunately, there are many pose alternatives and options you can explore in Saddle to reap the long-term benefits. In this online yoga video, Jennifer will run-through these variations, which rely on the usage and support of bolsters, blankets, and blocks. So, make sure you have these handy before you begin your exploration.

    When you determine your edge and settle in, this pose can feel oh-so-delicious. As a total front body stretch, this pose is super beneficial to athletes and people who do lots of standing or walking. Connective tissue stimulation is felt in front body. The quads and hip flexors will be stretched. Pressure stimulation around the SI joints will create a deep opening in the lumbar-sacral arch of the spine. Sweet, sweet expansion!

    But remember: If the knees, ankles, SI joints, or lower spine protest, it’s very important to back off and prop up. As Jennifer says, “Don’t deny yourself the prop. Please!” Be okay with where you are at and accept your physical limitations. If you feel any sharp or burning pain, your body is signaling you to take it easy. Don’t create murder on your spine. Just don’t.

    Once you find your appropriate edge - your place of comfort - it is recommended that you hold Saddle for one to five minutes. Iyengar recommends 15 minutes. For most, this long of a hold will be too intense at this stage in the game. Consider it a goal.

    With time and practice, Saddle Pose has the potential to re-establish the natural curvature of the lumbar-sacral arch of the spine if any flattening or degeneration has occurred. It’s also a great pose to maintain the natural curvature of the spine and to simultaneously stretch and work many areas of the body: the tops of the ankles, the knee caps, the hips, quads, hip flexors, lower back, and upper chest (if you bring your arms up).

    Simply lay back, relax, and enjoy the stretch.

    Want a great bolster? Sign up for our annual subscription, and get a hand crafted bolster from Inner Space as your gift! Or you can take a look at all of Jennifer's creations at innerspaceyoga.net

    Saddle Pose

    ~TJ

    Photo Credit: Saddle Pose via www.therawyogini.blogspot.com

  • Strike A Pose: Marichyasana C with Kino MacGregor

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    Named after the sage Marichi (meaning ray of light), this deep, binding hellofa twist arises in the Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga method.

    Sure, it looks simple enough.

    But don’t be fooled.

    Marichyasana C poses a BIG challenge. Especially for yoga newbies.

    It’s a shining example of the age-old saying: The greater the challenge, the greater the reward.

    Because this asana overfloweth with rewards.

    Marichyasana C Benefits:

    • cleansing + purifying
    • aids digestion (the twisting action promotes elimination to restore digestive power)
    • opens up the shoulders
    • relieves mild backache and hip discomfort
    • strengthens and stretches the spine
    • tones the waist
    • stimulates and energizes
    • enhances the flow of prana throughout the abdomen, nourishing and massaging the pancreas, kidneys, stomach, small intestines, liver, and gallbladder
    • stretches the intercostals (muscles between the ribs) enhancing the flow of breath in the ribs
    • relieves menstruation discomforts

    To revel in the rewards of this twist, join Ashtanga Yoga instructor Kino MacGregor for a quick online yoga demo breaking down the technical and anatomical foundations of Marichyasana C in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. This free online yoga video features accessible modifications and the use of yoga towel as a prop to facilitate the bind. So, even if you’re a total beginner, you’ll find a good place to work this twist after tuning into Kino's beginner yoga video.

    Oh and some words of warning: 

    Don’t fight your way into it. This is NOT a pose for the overly zealous.

    Move patiently and one day it will come.

    Enjoy the journey!

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    Image Credit: Marichyasana C by Peters.pipers on Flickr

  • Strike A Pose: Snail Pose with Jennifer Beyt Coffin

    This week’s free online yoga video is brought to by Jennifer Beyt Coffin of the The Glowing Body yoga studio in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    In this free yoga video, Jennifer will demo Snail Pose - a derivative of Plow Pose (Halasana) or Karnapidasana (Resting Pose or Ear Pressure Pose) practiced in the Yin Yoga method.

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    As one of the deepest releases of the whole spine, this pose offers many benefits. Practicing this pose relaxes the heart, brings more blood flow to the head, drains the lungs, and compresses the internal organs, giving them a lovely massage.

    To revel in all the benefits of this pose, follow along in this online yoga video as Jennifer deconstructs the full expression of the pose, and also, presents numerous modifications to make this pose accessible for all levels. Experiment with these alternatives to discover what’s most comfortable for you. Find a level of support that allows you to get out any tension and really savor that yin experience of surrender and release.

    **Words of Warning** This pose can present issues for those with neck problems, high blood pressure, lower back disorders (which prevent flexion of the spine), upper body infections, vertigo, glaucoma, or a cold. If suffering from any of the above, it’s probably best to avoid Snail. Also, women during their menstrual cycle may find it best not to do this pose. Lastly, it's recommended that you avoid Snail if you have recently eaten or are pregnant.

    The recommended hold time for Snail Pose is 3-5 minutes. Be sure to follow up with counter poses. Lie on your back with knees bent. Do windshield wipers with the legs. Try Gentle Fish or Upward Facing Cat. And lastly, relax in Child’s Pose. Ahhh...

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    relax. breathe. enjoy.

    Dig this Yin Yoga online demo with Jennifer? Check out her full-length online yoga videos on YogaVibes! 

    Image Credit: Halasana via www.ommygod.tumblr.com

  • Strike A Pose: Supported Headstand with Sarah Faircloth

    This week’s featured online yoga video presents a pose proclaimed as the "King of All Asana." Celebrated for its widely recognized therapeutic applications and benefits, Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana in Sanskrit) is one straight up powerful and rejuvenating asana.

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    Headstand Benefits:

    • Soothing to the mental body
    • Enhances focus
    • Helps wash away stress and mild depression
    • Activates the pituitary and pineal glands
    • Strengthens the arms, legs, and spine
    • Strengthens the lungs
    • Tones the abdominal organs
    • Boosts digestion
    • Eases the symptoms of menopause
    • May have therapeutic benefits for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis

    If you’ve always wanted to incorporate headstand into your regular practice, here’s a free online yoga video with Sarah Faircloth to get you going and inverting. In this asana how-to, Sarah will clearly break down the foundational principles of headstand so you can start soaking up all of its many benefits.

    Appropriate for all levels, this online yoga demo features several hand positions and ways to enter supported headstand, alongside proper alignment cues to keep your head, neck, shoulders, and wrists safe. Test out the different approaches presented in this yoga video to determine what feels good for you.

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    Words of Warning: As beloved as this pose is, it’s not for everyone. Proceed with caution if you've suffered a back or neck injury, are menstruating, or have regular headaches, a heart condition, or low blood pressure. If pregnant, only practice headstand if it's been a strong component of your regular practice.

    That all being said...

    Happy Headstand-ing!

    Image Credit: Supported Headstand via www.wonderfulyou.tumblr.com

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