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  • Fresh Vibes: Awaken & Activate

    What’s fresh on our online yoga menu?

    Awesomeness per usual.

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    Got core?

    Join Cristi Christensen for core-activation exercises followed by Sun Salutations with core-engagement in mind. In this online yoga class, you will open the pelvis with a standing sequence with long holds in Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), side angle pose (parsvakonasana), and half moon pose (ardha chandrasana). Practice dolphin pose or forearm balance (pincha mayurasana) followed by a forearm plank series. Get into the shoulders with a great shoulder opener and some fun variations on wheel pose (urdhva dhanurasana) with blocks. Cool down with reclining twists and savasana. (90 mins.)

    Cyclist or chronic chair sitter?

    Then Sage Rountree’s new online yoga video is for you! In this yoga video for cyclists (and chair sitters), you will work gently to open the front of the body and strengthen the back. Enjoy a focus on hips and shoulders while balancing strength and flexibility. Alternate between spinal extension exercises to work the core and lunges to release the hips. Finish with a deep relaxation. (56 mins.)

    Short on time?

    Join Gigi Yogini for a quick, full body activation sequence to build heat and work in a great stretch! Open your hips and quadriceps as well as your shoulders and heart. Cultivate energy for your day or blow off steam before bed. Feel free to modify or customize as much as you'd like. (24 mins.)

    Awaken your intuition.

    This class is designed to awaken your intuition and make you feel happy! In this online yoga kundalini set, you will work the pituitary gland, which is the center of intuition. When the pituitary gland secretes, the nectar is said to raise your intuition and open the door to the Infinite. This meditation (Smiling Buddha Kriya) is said to have been practiced by both Jesus and the Buddha, and it is a very ancient mudra of peace. Resonate the four primal sounds Sa Ta Na Ma meaning Infinity, Life, Death, and Rebirth to connect with the whole cycle of life. This meditation is also good for connecting with the positive mind and taking care of depression. (88 mins.)

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    There ya go, yogis. Fresh opportunities to awaken and activate in mind, body, and spirit!

    Photo Credit: Pincha Mayurasana via www.blackyogis.tumblr.com

  • Seeds of Intent: Plague the World with Joy

    “We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” ~ Swami Satchidananda

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    Yeah. Why not?

    We get so caught up in how we think things should roll, both in our practices and lives. We survey the external and think about ways we can tweak this or that, struggling to control the uncontrollable. Maybe we attach to grandiose ideas of changing the world or aspects of it. Maybe it’s not that big. Maybe we form attachments to ideas of how certain people or things in our worlds - be they friends, asanas, lovers, business endeavors, family members, teachers, co-workers - should be. We all do this. It's natural.

    But guess what? You cannot expect to change ANYTHING outside of you. In fact, the more hung up you get on changing and controlling what’s out there – beyond you - the more lost, confused, and stuck you feel. You become a slave to expectation.

    Peace isn't having everything rolling as you think it should. Peace, instead, is detaching your self from these fantasies of how things, people, and circumstances should be. Peace is knowing that the only freedom you’ll ever have in life is your ability to control your reactions and maintain your cool in the in the midst of madness and messiness. The other stuff going on around you isn’t necessarily yours to change. All you have control over is your experience. So, why not make it serene? Why not color it with joy? Why not die happily, laughing?

    I think it’s because we take things too seriously, including ourselves. I get it. It's easy to do. And sure, there is a place and time for seriousness. Sometimes, you gotta put your game face on. Yet, too often, we are all walking around with our game faces on, wrapped up in tasks, lists, distractions, chatter, expectations, fantasies, etc. I say we all walk around with our smiley faces on and move through this world without all the heaviness. I say we wrap our worlds in joy, laughter, peace, and freedom. Because...why not?

    To tap into your inner joy, practice a vigorous online yoga class: Causing Breakthroughs in Your Life Through Your Asana Practice. Instructor Jen Pastiloff will lead your through meditations to release unhelpful thoughts and manifest your life's goals. Explore arm balances and inversions and enjoy singing by Samadhi Bishop. (90 mins.)

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    And for a dose of laughter - the best drug - join Gigi Yogini for an online yoga class weaving together meditation, pranayama, and Kundalini yoga: Throat Chakra Opener. Find balance in the way you communicate to the world and to yourself in this practice. You'll play with mantra and affirmative singing, smile, and, if all goes to plan, crack up. (12 mins.)

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    Sending joyous vibes to you all!

    Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.

  • Class Review: Breathing for More Energy with Gigi Yogini

    The deets.

    Filming Location: Gigi’s Secret Studio in Los Angeles, California Style: Kundalini Yoga Length: 17 minutes Intensity: Level 1 = A Beginner Appropriate, All-Levels Online Yoga Video Focus: Beginner + Core-Focused Props: N/A Average Rating: 5/5

    On the teacher.

    Gigi Yogini is an advocate for JOY. Her diverse, empowering flows help students to find a natural rhythm for their practices and a sense of self-love. Fusing inspiration with bouts of laughter, Gigi Yogini creates a yogic bundle of bliss you’ll surely return to time and time again.

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    On the class.

    • Invigorate! Activate the lymph nodes, increase wellness, vitality, and energy, and awaken for your day.
    • Dissolve negativity. Come into a place of new, infinite potential.
    • Strengthen your core. This transformational power breath is very activating to the abdominal muscles. Expect a core workout.
    • Shake the heart open. Move through blockages. Release tension.
    • Get big and crazy. You are in the comfort of your own home, so go all out on this energizing breath.
    • Let go of the victim voice. Let go of doubt. Move into abundance. Feel that you have everything that you need.

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    What people are saying.

    "Inspiring words, this Energizing Breath is simple and effective . By the end of the 15 minutes I felt I really was in a positive mindset & posture from where I started. A Thumbs up, Excellent encouraging instruction."

    "This saved my life today. Beautiful encouragement! Love the length! I did desktop yoga that you showed me how to do yesterday again today too. I love spending time with you on the daily...."

    "Wow! These are powerful tools. In the middle she reminds me of Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith"

    From Gigi’s website: Brigitte Kouba, M.A., also known as Gigi Yogini, inspires women of every age, shape and size to love their bodies and practice joy. She teaches weekly classes and works one-on-one with private clients at her studio in West LA. Gigi also leads retreats and teaches at festivals internationally. Her specialty is blending yoga with world music and dance to create empowering, blissful and transformational experiences. In recognition of her work, Gigi was named an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, YogaEarth and Manduka.

    Find more online yoga classes with Gigi Yogini HERE.

    Get more on Gigi Yogini at www.gigiyogini.com, find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

     

  • 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 (www.matthewmoon.com). (88 mins.)

    Get moving, yogis.

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: Warrior II via www.aliveinthefire.com

  • Weekend Intention: Wrap Everything in Love

    During a very magical yoga class this past week, my teacher shared words with the class that I instantly connected with: Wrap EVERYTHING in love. I’ve been reciting these powerful words silently and aloud since they were shared with me. This newly acquired mantra keeps helping and reminding me to vibrate love in ALL different avenues of my life – to wrap all my experiences and my relationships with friends, family, strangers, yoga, pets, and myself in love. What a beautiful idea, right?

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    This weekend take some time to think about this mantra and the practice of love. Maybe you are wrapping certain aspects of your life in love and not others. The truth is all experience is an opportunity to share and receive love. I am a firm believer that love is all that truly matters and that’s why these words resonate so highly with me and, I believe, have the potential to resonate highly with you.

    But let's face it…the practice of love, though simple, is not easy. Many of us are closed off to giving and receiving love. I was once incredibly closed. Many of us are holding onto past negative experiences, which creates blockages within and leaves no space to receive. I, too, was once packed with blockages. I’m still working through them. I’m sure I’ll always have work to do. I don’t beat myself up over them and nor should you. Love is not always something we lead with because, quite frankly, we don’t know how. Love is a practice. Love is an art. How do you learn it? You practice. You attempt to paint all your experiences and color all your relationships with love. Like any practice, it takes work. LOTS of work.

    Without yoga, I’m not sure I would be writing this to you. Yoga opened me. Yoga created space within to receive. Yoga also helped me to let go of my emotional baggage and shed many toxic layers that were getting in the way of my ability to give/accept love. Yoga has so much potential to awaken your own access to love. You just gotta put in the work and allow yoga to do the work on you. It’s not easy work. It’s not always pleasant. It’s re-opening wounds. It’s facing all of that darkness. It’s a struggle, no doubt. But so worth it.

    One way to bring light and positivity into your life is to set and state empowering intentions. The reason I resonate so strongly with this intention is because it facilitates the practice of love – and not a selfish or reserved love, but a love that encompasses everything.  Love isn’t something we dish out only to people or things we think deserve it. Love is for everyone and everything. Hence, wrap it all in love. Wrap your relationships in love. Wrap your yoga practice in love - each asana, every breath. Wrap your thoughts, words, and actions in love. Wrap yourself in love. Everything!

    To increase your receptivity to this mantra and to love, practice some heart-opening, heart-healing yoga online this weekend. Here’s an offering of some amazing yoga videos I whole-heartedly recommend:

    Vibrating love to you all,

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: Love via www.beliveinyou.tumblr.com

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