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  • Build Up Your Backbend Know-How with Joan Hyman

    Discover the freedom of backbending!

    Join Los Angeles based yogi, Joan Hyman, for an online yoga demo - a Backbend and Dropping Back Tutorial.

    Unlock the secrets of these deep yoga poses by spending some time imprinting the proper leg action in backbending postures.

    In this free online yoga video, Joan will teach Ustrasana (Camel Pose) and Urdhva Dhanurasana (Full Wheel Pose) at the wall with the use of blocks and straps to help stabilize the legs to protect the lower back in these poses. Learn to avoid backbending from the lower back by working the legs and getting into the thoracic spine. Joan will break down the proper action of the shoulders and shoulder blades to encourage the upper arms to plug into the shoulder sockets for a safe and solid backbending practice. After alignment is set, move into dropping back at the wall and then, in the middle of the room.

    This online yoga video is incredibly informative for teachers, yogis in training, and serious students. Definitely add it to your repetoire of asana!

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    As you come into better alignment in your backbends, you’ll feel more grounded, exhilarated, and ready to tackle even crazier backends. In the meantime...

    Be sure to go in easy, be patient, and enjoy the journey!

    Image Credit: Joan Hyman captured by Fluid Frame Photography 


  • Feature Friday: What’s New?

    We have some new and exciting classes to tempt you with in this week’s online yoga video lineup.

    core workouts  Gigi Yogini and students filming her new Hard Core on the Floor class at the Secret Studio.
    1. Chill Out. Supta that Padangusthasana with Annie Carpenter in yet another raved about, alignment-conscious "Quickie" SmartFLOW. This online yoga class is perfect for the end of the day, post airplane sitting, or traveling. Completely relax and restore and still the mind and body in this reclining yoga class.
    2. Got Core? Now you do. Try Gigi Yogini’s new Hard Core on the Floor class. Build strength. Connect to your center. Plus, rest easy knowing that the practice never picks you up off the ground. That being said, be prepared for a challenge intermixed with some humor and JOY.
    3. Play with Pranayama. Try an online meditation from a lineage of teachers in the Himalayan Mountains, brought to Jeanne Heileman from her grand-teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Learn a special form of Pranayama to heighten your access to the Third Eye, increasing the amount of Prana (Life Force) you are able to gather and maintain in that region. Once that gathering is established, be guided on where to move this amazing ball of Prana. This is a powerful practice and worth repeating to improve your ability to build Prana and then keep it inside.
    4. Free Up the Hammies and Shoulders.  Try Joan Hyman's new class - a short online yoga sequence designed to open the shoulders and hamstrings in preparation for a yoga practice or any type of athletic sport. There’s no need to roll out your yoga mat for this one. All you need is your lovely self, a wall, and a strap.
    5. Shake Up Your Shakti! Try a Mixed Level Dharma Yoga practice that gives one a very real experience of the classical yoga teaching that has made Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra in such demand as a teacher the world over for so many years now. Those new to yoga and those who already have an established practice will all find much to inspire them in this complete online yoga practice. Maha Shakti is primarily asana (yoga postures), but what's on offer here represents a complete practice including both guided Deep Healing Relaxation (7 minutes) and a final meditation (3 minutes). This program is an excellent introduction for those new to Dharma Yoga and the powerful teaching of Sri Dharma Mittra and it will make those that miss spending time with him at the New York Center feel very much at home. Overall, a well-rounded and complete yoga practice. "I look forward to serving you only the best of the best," says Sri Dharma Mittra.

    There you have it, yogis. Chill options. Core challenges. Pranayama play. Hammie and shoulder liberation. Plus, the best of the best. Enjoy!


  • Feature Friday: What’s New?

    We have some tasty new items on the online yoga menu this week to entice you:

    1. Start by taking the focus inward in Jeanne Heileman’s The Third Eye: A Practice Working with Inner Awareness.

      Join Jeanne and students for a strong workout that opens up a whole new world on the inside. This well-rounded practice moves you in a flow sequence from Sun Salutations into Standing Poses, into Arm Balances and Backbends, cooling down with Reclining Forward Folds. What makes this online yoga class special is the attention to the Sixth Chakra, the inner, Third Eye. It is said that when we close our outer eyes, the inner Third Eye can begin to awaken and see the light that dwells within ourselves. It takes time and practice. This online yoga class will not only show you how to start to access this inner light, but give you tips on the journey. The students in this video reported that they loved the experience and found it amazingly powerful. (78 mins.)

    2. Now this next one is especially geared toward the fellas. There’s no excuse now not to try yoga when you have a practice uniquely designed for you. Joan Hyman’s Yoga for Men class, appropriate for beginners, is an awesome opportunity for you guys to get a taste of some broga.

      Though created for men, anyone can benefit from this basic, slow moving online yoga class. Learn the fundamentals with this instructional-based sequence targeting the hips and shoulders. Gain a better understanding of the language of standing poses. This flow ends with light stretching, creating a well-balanced feeling in the body and mind. (59 mins.)

    3. If you are looking for something short, sweet, yet stimulating, join Annie Carpenter for a "Quickie" SmartFLOW experience, exploring the forearm balance and inversion Pincha Mayurasana.

      inversion Though this online yoga class is short, there is no lack of detail on specific alignment. Annie will help you find optimal alignment while lifting the arms forward and overhead as you work towards one of her very favorite poses, Pincha Mayurasana. (27 mins.)

    4. To top it all off, Join Rolf Gates one of his signature 90-minutes mixed-level Vinyasa flow classes - a Grounding Flow.

      Begin slowly with centering, followed by a slow warm-up. Practice proper standing alignment with a block sequence that will lengthen the side body while helping you ground into the earth. Build heat with a steady, challenging flow that includes Sun Salutation variations, a standing mandala-type flow and standing balance pose sequence. Finish with core work, backbends, and seated hip openers.

    There’s a lot going on here. Third eye awakenings. Broga. Quickies. Centering. Get it while it’s HOT yogis.


  • Warrior II as Prep for Flying Pigeon with Joan Hyman

    This week’s Strike a Pose yoga video is brought to you by Joan Hyman of YogaWorks in Los Angeles, California. In this free online yoga video, Joan will break down Warrior II (Virabhadrasna II) to help prepare you for Flying Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Galavasana).

    Warrior II (Virabhadrasna II)

    "This is a Warrior Pose, so don’t be timid." ~Joan Hyman

    Warrior II is a fierce standing pose. With regular practice, this pose sculpts shapely and strong leg muscles, increases flexibility of the leg muscles, and tones the abdominals. Mastery of this pose will enhance your access to more advanced poses, such as Flying Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Galavasana).

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    In Joan’s online yoga video, you will explore this loop that is created in the front leg that renders Warrior II a deep hip opener. This loop is found as the inner leg extends and the outer thigh and hip pull back. Also, practice to square from the chest rather than square from the hips. Really go deep, bringing that front thigh parallel to the earth. Find that loop. Make it fierce.

    Flying Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Galavasana)

    In Sanskrit, Eka means one. Pada means a leg. Galava is the name of a sage. So, this is a one-legged arm balance dedicated to the sage, Galava. Not sure where the flying or pigeon parts come into play…oh well. Sure, I guess in some strange reality this pose vaguely resembles a flying pigeon. Maybe.

    Eka Pada Galavasana

    A major component of this pose is hip flexibility. To open up the hip, learn to flex through the front foot. If you are not prepared to fly into the pose, remain in the prep – a great hip opener. If you are open and prepared for the final stage, make sure to wrap the foot around the upper arm (even the pinky toe). Send the sternum forward and drop the hips low. Lean forward and bring the back heel up to the booty. Then, extend the back leg when ready. Send the chest forward, gaze forward, and fly, fly away.

    This pose is all about leverage and arm balance. As an arm balance, it is very strengthening to the wrists and upper body. It also offers a sweet abdominal organ massage since the pressure of the foot is pressing against the stomach. Really? A self-administered abdominal massage with your foot? Who knew?

    Enjoy Joan’s free online yoga video, demoing Warrior II and Flying Pigeon Pose.

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    Strike both poses today to earn brownie points and bragging rights.


    Photo Credits: Warrior II via & Flying Pigeon via

  • Yoga with Joan Hyman on YogaVibes

    Have you practiced yoga online with Joan Hyman yet? If not, get on it!

    Joan, a distinguished YogaWorks Senior Teacher, is internationally recognized for her popular teacher trainings, workshops and retreats around the world. She has been teaching for over 20 years, beginning in her hometown of Philadelphia, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Science from Temple University. She discovered yoga in NYC where she pursued a career as a professional dancer. Her love for yoga took her out to Santa Monica, CA where she completed The YogaWorks Teacher Training with Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford in 2002.

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    As a dedicated ashtangi, she has traveled to India three times to study with the beloved Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and many other world renowned teachers. She also studies Ayurveda, meditation, vegetarian cooking, and travels the world like it's her backyard!

    YogaVibes is deeply honored to partner with Joan – an incredibly open, authentic spirit. Joan continues to grow in her teachings by following her heart's intention and opening herself up to experiences that help her evolve in her own life. Her teachings come from an organic and intuitive place.

    "I am so blessed to be able to do what I love and stay deeply connected to my yoga practice. This is truly an honor, which I hope I can pass onto others.”

    Joan's online yoga videos provide a yoga experience that is intelligent and light, infused with a strong level of intensity that stems from her years of focused study. Her online offerings include Vinyasa, Restorative, and Pranayama practices:

    • Twist & Cleanse (64 minutes) Joan’s phenomenal instruction will take you through deep twists, inversions, gentle backbends, and hip openers.
    • Wind Down with Shoulderstand (57 minutes) Enjoy shoulder openers and a long Shoulder Stand to deeply relax at the end of a busy day.
    • 15 Minute End of Day Pranayama and Restorative (15 minutes) Wind down at the end of your day with a light pranayama practice to soothe the nervous system and promote relaxation.
    • Short Vinyasa Flow (20 minutes) Move through the Sun Salutations before exploring longer-held poses, hip openers, and standing balances. End this comprehensive online yoga flow with backbends and forward bends.

    To enjoy more of Joan’s awesome online yoga offerings visit her page on YogaVibes. There, you will find her complete selection of full-length online yoga classes and free online yoga videos.


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