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  • Spring into Fitness: Introducing Core Fusion® Exclusives!

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    We are excited to spring to life a fresh collection of Exhale Spa’s wildly popular Core Fusion® workouts.

    Designed to torch calories and sculpt every muscle, these heart-pumping, soul-seeking, energy-inducing online yoga classes focus on core strength while delivering the ultimate full body workout. Using a combo of weights, balls, bands, and body weight as resistance, Exhale’s heat-building, body-cleansing Core Fusion® program makes for the perfect springtime fitness elixir.

    Prepare to sweat and detox, lengthen and tone, and revive and refocus the mind. To start the journey towards mind and body transformation, check out our newest Core Fusion® releases:

    • Core Fusion® Barre+Cardio with Core Fusion® co-creator Fred DeVito. New to Exhale, this is the first-ever online yoga class of its kind! Combine the cardio benefits of interval training with the toning benefits of the barre technique. Sweat, torch calories, trim, tone, and transform! This fast paced two-part class consists of 30 minutes of sweaty sprints with short recovery periods. Follow that up with muscle-defining, barre-based movements that target the thighs, glutes, and abs. It's the one-stop-shop for a calorie torching, body-tightening workout! (54 mins.)
    • Core Fusion® Cardio Express with Tammy Rowe. Also making its online debut, this fat-blasting cardio class is the ultimate workout! Consisting of weights, mountain climbers, karate kicks, speed skaters, flowing yoga poses, and an ab sculpting series, this non-stop, endorphin-filled, high-intensity online yoga class will boost energy levels and strength. End gracefully with a calming, cool finish. (44 mins.)
    • Core Fusion® Barre with Anna Gagie. Hit the barre with YogaVibes’ new teacher, Anna Gagie, for Exhale's signature full body workout! Designed to create chiseled abs, toned legs, cut arms, and a high, lifted backside, this ballet-inspired, core-centric online yoga video focuses on isolated exercises, alignment, flexibility and posture through targeted, mindful muscle movements. (57 mins.)
    • Core Fusion® Barre with Nicole Uribarri. Hit the barre for more of the same in this all levels online yoga video! Push through tough physical challenges - and then find balance - as every hard worked muscle is followed by a deep, relaxing stretch. (59 mins.)

    To shed the mental and physical heaviness of winter, add Core Fusion® to your spring-cleaning checklist. Turn up the heat. Build strength of the body and mind. Come into balance. Let go of any winter muck hanging around. Make way for a healthy, graceful, and magical spring!

    For more Core Fusion® online yoga videos, visit our online yoga studio!

     

  • Fresh Vids + Vibes: Cutting Cords, Embracing the Light, and More!

    What are the latest offerings on YogaVibes?

    Be steady as a rock.

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    • A Twist & Balance Exhale Spa SmartFLOW with Tiffany Russo // Start reclining to release tension in the shoulders and neck in this well-rounded SmartFLOW yoga class with Annie Carpenter's assistant, Tiffany Russo. Get the body heated with core work and a series of Sun Salutation variations. Open your chest, but keep the front body and core supported to balance in half moon pose (ardha chandrasana). Continue to challenge your balance in pyramid (parsvottanasana) and revolved pyramid pose. Finish with camel pose, core work in navasana (boat pose), seated hip openers, twists and forward folds. (82 mins.)
    • Xen Strength Yoga with Weights Core Balance Challenge Part Deux with Danielle Diamond // Begin with a quick hip opening warm-up before moving into a standing balancing pose sequence that requires you to engage your core for an extended period of time while strengthening your upper body. After more hip opening poses, boost your heart rate with a unique transition from malasana to down dog and back again. This practice can be done with light hand weights or without. Your practice. Your call. (20 mins.)

     

    Spew the internal garbage.

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    • Cord Cutting Meditation with Ashley Turner // This short, guided meditation class will help you release relationships or people in your life that have been toxic or unhealthy or even help to release things like dreams that you need to let go. Release the ties that have bound you to these relationships and toxicities. Throw out all the internal garbage to create space for the light. (13 mins.)

     

    Bring in the light!

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    • Embrace the Light Exhale Spa Slow Flow with Cristi Christensen // Start standing in this energizing slow flow online yoga class. Warm the body with a core plank series and Sun Salutation variations. Challenge your balance with a standing series involving triangle, half moon, and dancer's pose. Have time to work on hanumanasana as well as an arm balance before finishing with a long cool down of backbends, cooling inversions, fish pose, and reclining twists. (89 mins.)

    You now have the goods to cultivate steadiness and strength, cut the cord on stuff that is no longer serving you, and step into the light! Make a move to your mat to bask in the fresh vibes, yogis.

  • Beginner Vibe: The Misadventures of a Voluptuous Yogini

    I’m 5’3” on a good hair day. When I began practicing yoga over seven years ago, I weighed about 200 pounds and was a size 20. I had just had two children in less than 18 months and was just looking for a gentle way to reclaim my body. Truth be told, I was really looking for some personal quiet time. I had no idea what yoga was. I had never even heard of it.

    Yoga came to me by accident: a 20-minute demo class at my monthly Women’s Guild meeting at my church. At first, I refused to get on the floor, but was humiliated by the room full of mostly 70-somethings telling me to get down with them. I followed their lead, got down on the floor and was changed forever. I decided to take the plunge and try an eight-week session at a studio.

    I can still recall vividly the terror I felt going to that first class. In fact, I was so scared that a few days before I actually did a dry run to the studio. And then the night of my first class came. I was uncomfortable in my clothes; not sure if I was wearing the “right” things. I was pretty sure that my ugly sweatpants were definitely not the “right” thing. I was petrified about being completely out of place. Do I go early or sneak in late? Where should I sit in class? Would people stare at me? Would I embarrass myself? What if I couldn’t keep up? Would I be brave enough to come back again? And the deafening thoughts went on.

    One of the first things that struck me when I got to the studio was that the teacher seemed oblivious to my size. I don’t think she even picked up on my nervousness.  I don’t remember too much else about the specifics of that class or the rest of that first eight-week session. What I remember most is the sensations I started to feel in my body and distinct thoughts that started to arise.

    I remember a posture that my instructor loved to have us do almost every class: standing half moon. During one of those first classes standing in that asana tears started to roll down my face. I was overcome with sensation. It was not pain. It was sensation. The fact that I had tears rolling down my face was so startling to me. I knew something was happening to me, but I wasn’t sure what.

    But at some point not far after that crying half moon, something miraculous happened. I began to submit. I started to surrender to those sensations. And although I may not have always loved the actual sensation I was experiencing, I learned to love the feeling of being alive in my body; my full body.

    After the first eight weeks, I still wasn’t sure what yoga was or why I was even going, but it was the dead of winter and I still wasn’t even close to any goals I had for my post-baby body. I convinced myself to hang in for another eight weeks. I figured if I could get through winter, maybe I’d see some differences in the mirror.

    Here’s what I didn’t count on. The differences weren’t only in the mirror: I felt stronger; I had less pain in my body; I was building endurance. And I was actually becoming comfortable in my body. I was excited to go to class. The terror was gone. I was feeling great for about three days after class.

    By this point I was addicted. Yoga was now part of my lifestyle. I became hungry for more knowledge of anything yoga. And I continued practicing. The lessons kept coming. I kept feeding my hunger for more yoga and about a year and half after that first class I received my calling to become a teacher.

    Now that I am a full-time yoga teacher, this life experience has become my greatest teaching tool. I know what it feels like to be in a larger body that isn’t always accepted in our culture. I know what it feels like to try and hide that body behind clothes and a big smile. And one of the side effects for me in a larger body was to be in my head so much that I couldn’t feel my body. I began to feel alive only when I started to feel sensations and energy moving in my body. This is one of the true lessons of yoga. It has nothing to do with contorting yourself like a pretzel or sporting the newest yoga gear to class. It is about feeling alive in the body you were given and loving that body with all of its’ perceived faults.

    If you are a newbie to yoga and you live in a fuller body, take a lesson from my experience. A good instructor will welcome you with open arms. The other students are not going to care. Find a beginner’s class and do a dry run for yourself. Check out the lay of the studio. Interview the instructor. Ask questions. It’s quite possible the instructor will not fully understand your plight, but a good teacher will understand yoga. And they will help you to find your comfort level. You may not be able to do every posture at first, but you can modify for your body. Don’t be surprised if you have emotional releases. All humans hold old emotion in their bodies. If you have lived hiding your body behind your persona, all of that baggage will start to drop once you start moving your body.

    If the thought of going to a class is too much for you, try an online class. YogaVibes has many classes to choose from. You can learn about specific postures from the site’s free instructional videos. You can preview the full-length classes for free before purchase  to get an idea of the pace and style. Start where you are.

    And remember, whether in a class or at home, your full-bodied postures will probably not look like the cover of a yoga magazine, but they will be your postures. And they will look beautiful on you.

    You can join me and my full body in my Beginner’s Moderate Kripalu Flow class on YogaVibes' Beginner Vibe.

    -Guest Blogger Kristina Berano, YogaVibes partner and owner of Star Soleil in Torrington, Conn.

  • Beginner Vibe: Putting It All In Perspective

     I have been thinking about what I wanted to write about, and how to go about it, when I received some terrible news.  A friend of mine, Dana, was diagnosed with breast cancer a second time. 

    It was about two and a half years ago, when she was almost nine months pregnant that she was diagnosed the first time.  She gave birth and then a couple of days later went in for surgery and started chemo.  Never have I witnessed a stronger, more resilient, more positive person.

    So it was with much excitement when she went in over a year later and was cancer free.  She kicked cancer’s ass, as she liked to say.  We even jumped out of a plane at 18,000 feet, to celebrate in August of 2008. 

    But yes, it has returned and thissurgery was definitely more invasive.  But again, her attitude astounds me.  She sends out mass emails to update every one, and it is this attitude that is going to get her through this once again.

    We all can learn a huge lesson from Dana.  While the rest of us are complaining about being fat, or being too tired to exercise, or whatever ailment or excuse is plaguing the mind currently, I know I need to take a lesson from her.  I do not have cancer, I have not undergone a drastic surgery, and yet how many times, and how many things do I complain about on a daily basis?

    In my quest to be better, I have come to understand that every day is a gift.  I need to try and make the most of it and be positive.  I need to send out love and good energy.  And I need to realize that being healthy is not something to take for granted.  So even if I am tired, or sore, the reality is that I can’t even begin to understand what being tired really is: like when doctors are putting chemicals in your body to kill all the bad cells, along with the good cells.

    So no more excuses. Whether it’s doing yoga at a studio or taking a class online at YogaVibes, such as breast cancer survivor Katheryn Harlan's class geared toward survivors which will be up on Recovery Vibe next week. Or you can hit the gym or go for a walk. But just get out there and do it and take the time to appreciate it.  -YogaVibes Ambassador Laura K.

  • Beginner Vibe: The Neverending Quest for Perfection

    Being that one of my resolutions is to learn to love the skin I am in; I was beyond shocked when I saw the cover of the new People Magazine featuring Heidi Montag 2.0.  She landed the cover, and while I guess that is something she desires, the reason for it makes me sad, confused, and a little upset.  Why any 23 year old, beautiful woman feels the need to undergo 10 surgeries in one day, well…it confounds me.  Also the fact that her decision to do this is pretty much universally accepted, I have yet to read of any backlash, is of grave concern to me as well.  Our society seems more astonished and appalled at where Tiger’s been putting his clubs, than the fact that this girl mutilated her entire body in the name of beauty. What if the surgeries left her scarred…would we be so accepting??  I need to comment on this, and  I will try to do so in a non-judgmental fashion…however please forgive me, because it is hard for me not to judge (also something I am working on to become a better person-however I have a long way to go in that department)

    I guess what bothers me most is the fact that not only young girls, but women of any age look at this behavior and think – wow, if she needed all that surgery, and she was already pretty, what does that say about me.  The other message she sends, is that she feels like she needed the surgery so she could be the best she could be…except, placing so much emphasis on being the best you can be based on your outside features just sets one up for so much failure in the future.  She mentions in the article that she is already planning additional surgeries, as it is almost never-ending.  She cannot wait to go larger on top, if you will, than her current DDD size.  Her body could not accommodate anything larger than the DDD now – well shouldn’t that be a clue that maybe bigger is not better??

    I am not going to lie, and say I have never felt the pressure to be skinnier, prettier, more top heavy.  I live in Los Angeles, and beautiful women are everywhere here.  It is a challenge not to compare yourself to actresses and models, especially when you see them in your everyday life.  The reason I embarked on my journey to be comfortable with who I am, is because I don’t want to end up so focused on the outside that I can never be happy.  It becomes an obsession, and it doesn’t matter if you live in Omaha, or Beverly Hills, the idea of perfection is everywhere.  This interview and making her story of such importance just downplays the issue here.  In my opinion, this is someone who needs serious help.  The doctor says she does not suffer from bad body image…but when you change the outside, but you do not change the inside, you are still going to feel the same.  She may be happy now, but for how long?  She is already looking forward to more surgery. 

    She says she is obsessed, yet the magazine does not portray it negatively at all.   So where does the responsibility lie?  Who is to blame here?  Can we really blame anyone?  I guess the real question is how do we change this?  I feel like we are on our way to a world obsessed with unattainable perfection.  And for some, they already live in that world.  So how do we not get caught up?  Therein lays the magic question.  And I wish I had a magic answer, but I don’t.  I do however have some ideas on how we can try, and I think it comes down to doing the things that make you feel good.  Eating right, exercising, and taking time for ourselves.  I think meditation is key to accepting yourself.  And for those of us new to yoga, and meditation, we can’t expect things to change immediately.  It is a process, but going to the gym, or doing something as simple as turning on your computer and taking a class at www.YogaVibes.com is a step in the right direction.  Enlightenment comes from within, not from outside.  I think it is much harder for us in our Western culture to attain enlightenment with all the distractions thrown our way.  But it does not mean we cannot or should not try.  It is scary to accept oneself as we are, faults and all – but what freedom, and what love could you offer the world if you truly love and accept yourself. 

    By Laura K., YogaVibes Ambassador

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