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  • Strike A Pose: An Arm Balance Transition with Joan Hyman

    This week’s Strike a Pose yoga video is brought to you by Joan Hyman in Los Angeles, California. In this free online yoga video, Joan will guide you through a tricky series of arm balancing postures. Insect pose (Bhujapidasana) will flow into Firefly Pose. Firefly Pose (Titibasana) will flow into Crow Pose (Bakasana). And finally, Bakasana will transition you to Chaturanga. Whew. Sounds like a lot, I know.

    crow pose Joan Hyman in Crow Pose (Bakasana)...

    Before you try to weasel your way into these challenging postures, be sure to warm up! Do some deep forward folds to loosen up the hamstrings. Take a low squat (Malasana) to loosen up the hips. De not try to crush these poses without a proper warm-up.

    Sure, you may not nail this transition of tricky arm balances all the way, but it’s cool. You still win for trying. Just keep practicing. Keep believing. Keep breathing. Eventually, you will prevail.

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  • Class Review: 30 Minute Pick Me Up with Joan Hyman

    The deets.

    • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California
    • Style: Vinyasa Flow
    • Intensity: Level 2 = Moderate Intensity
    • Focus: Backbends + Hip Openers
    • Props: Block + Blanket Recommended
    • Average Rating: 4/5

                                                                                                                                   On the teacher.

    Joan Hyman always brings her A-game. Her excellent instructions, challenging and upbeat flows, and openhearted approach create an alluring yogic elixir of intelligence, intensity, and lightness.


    On the class.

    • Sweat. This class packs a punch for its brevity. It you’re looking for a dose of intensity and perspiration, this class is where it’s at!
    • Energize. Start with a very stimulating pranayama exercise: Breath of Fire. Get the Shakti surging in no time!
    • Stretch it out. Open up the hip flexors – typical areas of tightness and tension.
    • Feel expansive and awake. Practice Ustrasana (Camel Pose) to feel open and energized for your day.

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    What people are saying.

    • “I've never had a class with Joan in person, but I've had bazillions with Jeanne Heileman and she has always spoken highly and fondly of Joan, so I thought, "why not gives this class a try?" I'm a stay at home dad and sometimes only have small snippets of time so a 30 odd minute class sounded great. And Joan did not disappoint. You get a nice little all around practice here and feel like you've probed the depths in a good way. And it's definitely a "pick me up"! I think Joan may have intended this as a way to get going in the morning, but I practiced it in the evening of one of those logy Sundays where my kids had worn me out and I just couldn't get going. This did the trick! Thank you Joan!” ~Eric O.
    • "Ahhhh, thank you Joan! Missing our great two-hour practices but this is a whole lot more do-able these days, and it was just what I needed. Cleared a lot of those cobwebs right out. I'll be seeing you again tonight for a pre-sleep wind-down! Would love to see more of these shorter practices... for those days when a little is better than nothing!" ~Anne F.
    • "Perfect pick me up and centering after a busy day!" ~Emily W.
    • "Great way to start the day! Thanks, Joan!" ~Kendra M.
    • "This is a lovely class. It's well paced and packs a lot of good movement into the 35 minutes. I feel energized, a lot less sluggish than I did beforehand, and more relaxed all at the same time." ~Elana M.

    From Joan’s website: Joan Hyman is a distinguished YogaWorks Senior Teacher, who weaves her personal yogic journey into popular teacher trainings, workshops and retreats around the world. Her teachings come from an organic, intuitive place as she draws upon the joyful study of Ayurveda (the science of life), chakras and meditation. With over 20 years of experience, Joan is E-RYT 500-hour certified with Yoga Alliance and a dedicated, 10-year Ashtanga practitioner who is proficient in second series and recently has begun Advanced A (third series)—a high level of achievement among Western yogis. Her challenging and upbeat YogaWorks Vinyasa flow classes are well liked among the Los Angeles yoga community. Practicing with Joan is an experience; her instruction is intelligent and light, infused with a strong level of intensity that stems from years of focused study.

    Find more online yoga classes with Joan Hyman HERE.

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  • 5 Practices to Get Movin' & Groovin'

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    Moving sloth-like? Stuck in a slump? Rebounding from sickness? Sounds like you could use a heavy dose of energizing yoga.

    Find liberation from stagnation and lethargy by taking yourself to the mat. And when you get there, bring it on. And by it, I mean an invigorating flow. I know your mental body is tricking you into a slower-paced, restorative-esque yoga at home experience. Don’t be persuaded by these slippery, sneaky thoughts. Sometimes what you need is the opposite of what you want. If your desire is to get pumped and overcome a state of “blah,” you need a yoga booster...not a yoga sedative.

    Battle and beat the blah-ness in the following online yoga videos.

    1. 30 Minute Pick Me Up! with Joan Hyman

    This fun moving online yoga flow will start off with breath of fire to get the Shakti surging. Stretch out your hip flexors and move into Ustrasana (camel pose) to boost your energy and receptivity!

    2. Invigorating Morning Flow with Ashley Turner

    This is the ideal online yoga class for energizing, detoxing, and building mental focus. Begin with a luxurious opening sequence of two invigorating kriyas to wake up the physical and pranic bodies and flush out any stagnation or lethargy. Then, dive into a strong, comprehensive standing sequence of twisting and balancing poses to wring out every corner of the body. End feeling energized, clear, and awake. (92 mins.)

    3. Ten-Minute Tune Up with Taj Paxton

    I know you’re busy, but I’m sure you can manage to set aside 10 minutes. In this short online yoga class, use powerful breath work, core exercises, and long, deep stretches to awaken and energize.

    Pre-practice, join Pete Guinosso for a brief pranayama practice:

    4. Using Your Breath to Energize Your Practice

    The breath connects the mind, body and spirit. Pranayama (breath/energy movement) is a powerful tool for working the nervous system in your yoga and in your life. Learn how to use breath in this online yoga practice to energize your nervous system and, therefore, you. Explore the advanced practice of getting the breath to reach different parts of your body. Energy flows to where your awareness and breath goes. (7 mins.)

    5. Kundalini Practice to Fortify the Body's Stress Defenses with Maya Fiennes

    In this online Kundalini yoga class, musician and yoga teacher Maya Fiennes combines her talents to create a stunningly beautiful Kundalini practice focused on fortifying the body's stress defenses. Maya uses movement, breath, mantra, and chants all set to her own exhilarating music to awaken the spirit, energize the body, and relax the mind. These sequences are designed to detoxify and strengthen kidneys and adrenals, the body's first line of defense against stress-induced illness. Among the easiest styles of yoga to learn, Kundalini can produce dramatic results quickly. You will feel more awake and aware, healthier, and better able to face everyday challenges. Enjoy live music from Matthew Moon ( (88 mins.)

    Get moving, yogis.


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  • Double Pigeon & Pigeon Pose with Joan Hyman

    This week’s Strike a Pose yoga video is brought to you by Joan Hyman at YogaWorks in Los Angeles, CA. In this free online yoga video, Joan will share modifications and tips for safely practicing Double Pigeon (Dwi Pada Rajakapotasana) and Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) - two fairly intense, hip-opening poses.

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    There’s nothing quite like a deep, intense hip opener to fill you in on your emotional shape. In yoga, the hips are thought to be the home of stored emotions. Any emotion can be stored in the hips, but it is usually emotions associated with past negative experiences. Emotions that we have yet to realize and release remain trapped here until we take action.

    What kinds of emotions?

    Emotions such as anger, resentment, disappointment, self-doubt, and sadness are filed away in the hips. Also, as the home of the second chakra, the hips are associated with creative potential and sexuality. When the energy of the 2nd chakra is blocked or imbalanced, there will oftentimes be issues with intimacy, sexual connection, and creativity. Opening the hips through yoga can inspire emotional breakthroughs that relieve some of the emotional baggage, toxicity, and blockages that we allow to stay put.

    So, don’t be too shocked if you experience an overwhelming flood of emotion during long holds in hip openers, such as Double Pigeon and Pigeon Pose. Also, don’t feel embarrassed or force the flood from flowing freely. This emotional flooding is a good thing! It’s a release. You will undoubtedly feel better after you let it all out. Trust me. Feel it to free it.

    Tune in to Joan’s Pigeon and Double Pigeon asana demo to learn how to access these hip openers with intelligence.

    Double Pigeon and Pigeon Pose

    First, Joan will introduce you to Double Pigeon. Remember to keep the feet bright and turned on! Stack the shins. If this pose is too intense, work in a highly accessible Sukhasana variation. Fold forward and rest your head on a block. Stay here for 2 minutes and breathe.

    Next, work into Pigeon Pose. Avoid throwing your body into this pose. Come into it mindfully, trying to create a Warrior II leg in the front thigh. Keep those hips parallel and the sacrum level, perhaps using the assistance of a block. Stay here for 2 minutes and breathe.

    Surrender in these hip openers. Practice stillness and patience. Consider this your opportunity to let go of emotional burdens and blockages and create more space within.


  • Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose) with Joan Hyman

    This week’s Strike a Pose yoga video is brought to you by Joan Hyman – a Vinyasa flow based yoga teacher at YogaWorks in Los Angeles, CA. In this free online yoga video, Joan will breakdown the components of Upward Bow Pose (urdhva = upwards; dhanu = bow).

    Upward Bow Pose

    Urdhva Dhanurasana is by no means a trouble-free, simple asana to master. It is, however, considered a baby in the back-bending family because it is the starting point for a more advanced back-bending practice. So, if you want to access more difficult back-bending postures, it’s very important to work in Urdhva Dhanurasana until you strike that harmonious balance of effort and ease in the pose. Once you find that harmony, feel free to move on to bigger and bendier things.

    One of the common tendencies in Upward Bow is to just push straight up into the pose by bending in the lower back (lumbar region). This is a no-no. Instead, you want to bend in the upper back. To get the upper back really working, you have to squeeze the elbows together and draw the upper arms back into the shoulder sockets during your preparation. This will really get the upper back coiling in and opening up. After you have established this bend in the upper back, you are safe to push up into the full expression of the pose.

    Once you’re up there, you want the outer arms to draw in just like they would in a handstand. You also want to keep the shoulder blades pressing down the back. After you have all this worked out, power up through the the legs, lengthen the tailbone to the heels, and find that strong inner spiral of the legs, feeling the inner thighs release down toward the mat.

    To see this asana in action, check out Joan's free online yoga video:

    Full Wheel Pose with Joan Hyman

    I know it’s a lot to keep straight. There’s definitely a lot to think about here (and in every pose!). Lots of repetition is key. But trust me: This is a pose you want to repeat! Backbends, such as Urdhva Dhanurasana, are incredibly energizing and uplifting. They keep the body and mind awake, strong, and full of vibrancy. Urdhva Dhanurasana is especially lovely because it keeps the arms and wrists strong and supple, and has soothing powers on the brain.

    So, if you’re feeling troubled or suffering from a case of monkey brain, remedy your slippery brain with some Urdhva D. If you’re feeling sluggish and stagnant, shoot up with some Urdhva D. And, if you totally botch up teaching a yoga class, drug your students with lots of Urdhva Ds at the end of class (a trick one of my wise teachers taught me!)


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