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  • The Fast Track to Expanding Awareness

    Guest Post by Tiffany Wood

    As I reviewed the video I made called Expanding Awareness it made me cringe to observe my unaware patterns

    that were revealed to me through the objective lens of the camera. Yes, the contraction I feel around this has also afforded me an opportunity for expansion. I am wise in this way. However, it doesn’t feel good in the moment. Right now, I want to send Yoga Vibes an email and say “Please throw that video out! It’s not worthy and are all my classes that mundane?”

    And so, here I sit. Called to my own expanding awareness moment!

    As I said in my own video, “The things we have the most resistance around are what call us to expand into our awareness the most. Resistance is the container that allows the yogi to really open to the fullness of the moment.“  I was talking about the key actions used in the Anusara Yoga practice known as “hugging in to shine out” or Muscular and Organic Energy in their dynamic interplay within the asana practice. But, as I’ve taught a thousand times, those key actions play out in life off the mat as well. To hold ourselves in our own strong container that is aware of who we are in the moment allows us to access our own sticky parts; to know ourselves more fully. Especially when hugging into ourselves is NOT an easy or loving moment in time, is when the yogi is called to the true purpose of the practices!

    I can hold myself hostage in my own self critical judgments and stay in my limited and harsh view of myself OR

    I can place my awareness on what a gift it is to see myself more clearly so that I expand into the freedom that I already am. Hmm….I love this game!  Yogis know WHY RESISTANCE is VITAL to freedom and we know we have a choice.

    I once again choose to hug into my own resistance; the teachings that have been given to me by my teachers. Oh, yes, this is what I mean when I say to new teachers that the practice of teaching yoga will call you to your growth opportunities faster than most other tracks in life!

    I can find comfort and inspiration by expanding my awareness into what feels most life affirming in this moment in time. I can willingly reach for the high vibrational good feeling of acknowledging that life flows through me and I am forever evolving!

    So, as a wise teacher offered in the Yoga Vibes video called Expanding Awareness…

    “We share the practice in our own unique way and gathering with those interested in cultivating their own expansion is life affirming to our own path. There is really nothing more exciting to us than to know we are on the path to the good things coming. The only way to find that mind-set is to show up for the practice.”

    With that said, I will definitely see you ON the mat! I will meet you with such reverence and gratitude in knowing that I have expanded into my loving heart with an honest and clear view of what it means to walk my talk by holding my mid-line and willingly stretching into my own resistance.

    By Tiffany Wood. For a full list of Tiffany's Online Yoga Classes please visit her teachers page. To read more from Tiffany Wood visit her website at TiffanyWoodYoga.com

  • Strike A Pose: Goddess Pose with Danielle Diamond

    This week's Strike A Pose yoga video is brought to you by Danielle Diamond, founder of Xen Strength Yoga. In this free online yoga video, Danielle will instruct the basic alignment principles of Goddess Pose. After proper alignment is established, you'll be instructed to grab two light hand weights to amplify the pose.

    fiery angle pose

    Goddess Pose, also called Utkata Konasana or Fiery Angle Pose, is an asana bursting with benefits...

    • Stretches the hips, groins and chest
    • Strengthens and sculpts the core muscles
    • Builds up the quads, glutes, and inner thigh muscles
    • Fortifies shoulder, arm, and upper back strength
    • Generates heat
    • Boosts circulation
    • Preps the body for childbirth by creating more space in the pelvis

    Adding weights into the mix only adds to the strengthening, fiery powers of this pose.

    Tune in, step onto your mat, and experience the Xen Strength Yoga burn.

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    If you dig Danielle Diamond's Goddess Pose demo, you'll definitely want to check out her complete collection of free yoga videos and full-length Xen Strength yoga classes.

  • Go with the Flow

    “If you just go with the flow, no matter what weird things happen along the way, you always end up exactly where you belong.” ~Tom Upton

    The mat is an excellent realm to practice the art of going with the flow.

    go with the flow

    When I first started practicing yoga, I hit the mat with great expectations. And sure, sometimes I still do. In the beginning, I always had an idea of how I wanted my practice to flow. When it didn’t flow just right, I freaked out big time. Fortunately, the freak-outs manifested internally so I spared fellow yogis my mat moods and madness.

    But what exactly was I getting so worked up about?

    Oh...stupid stuff. Maybe there was a sub that day and the style was totally different. Maybe the music was too loud, or too soft, or too emo, or too distracting. Maybe my body resisted certain poses that it regularly performed fluidly. Maybe the energy in the room was off. It doesn’t really matter what it was. The point is, I let myself get completely wrapped up in discontent due to things - things beyond my control - panning out in unanticipated ways.

    The same phenomenon goes down off the mat.

    For example, when I hit up a local coffee shop in the morning to do my work, I often have great expectations. And sometimes, I freak out when my morning expectations aren’t met. Maybe someone else landed that comfy, secluded chair in the corner – my chair. Maybe there is a loud, impatient man yelling at some woman on the phone over his unpaid ticket fines. Maybe the line to a much-needed coffee refill is painfully long.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve allowed external distractions to totally get to me. I'm sure you have, too. I've blamed people and things because I’m human and that classic blame game is easy to play. I'm sure you've played it, too. Truth is, I know it’s not those people or those things. It’s me.

    Yoga has been my teacher in that way, constantly reminding me that it’s me. It’s not them. It’s not those things. It’s irrefutably me. I'm the source of my own dissatisfaction when I refuse to relax, be cool, and go with the flow.

    When you resist the flow, you’re bound to be disappointed, distraught, annoyed…whatever it is. That’s because you don’t belong outside the flow. Outside the flow, you become this crazy person attempting to control everything. And try, try as you might, you won’t get anywhere. You’ll just be on the outside with a headache and an accelerated heart rate wondering why the heck your life is so crappy, inconsistent, and confusing.

    So, get back inside. Go with the flow. Weird stuff will happen. But so what? Learn something. Laugh at something. Laugh at yourself. And relax. You’re right where you belong.

    To practice shedding your expectations in the yoga-sphere, I recommend you try mixing up your home practice with Michelle Johnson's newest online Vinyasa yoga class: Going with the Flow. Begin with some grounding exercises. Move through the Sun Salutations and lunges. Work into standing split variations and, then, headstand prep and headstand. End with a few blissful heart openers and hip openers. (60 mins.)

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  • 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.

  • Fresh Vids & Vibes: Heart Healers, Heat Builders, Hanumanasana and More!

    What are the latest offerings on YogaVibes?

    Unlock the Locus of Intuition.

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    • Heart Opening Flow with Alexa Lane // Focus on stretching the trunk of the body and expanding the chest in this mixed-levels online Vinyasa flow class. Explore intense side stretching poses, triangle, revolved triangle, dancer pose, and camel pose. End with a seated cool down followed by savasana. (29 mins.)
    • Restorative Heart Opening with Gigi Yogini // Enjoy an opportunity to deeply relax and open your heart to expand your lung capacity and increase blood flow in your body. Explore lots of variations to find what works for you in this restorative online yoga practice. (18 mins.)

     

    Crank UP the Heat.

    Sweat

    • Xen Strength Yoga with Weights Core Balance Challenge with Danielle Diamond // Build heat with a longer warm up, including Sun Salutations with a twist. A creative sequence of standing poses will test your balance. Added upper body work will tack on an extra challenge by forcing you to engage your core while balancing. Finish with a quick cardio shot before melting into pigeon. Have a pair of light hand weights available or do it without! (29 mins.)
    • Get Up & Go! with Sean Gray // Work in a full practice amidst a busy day. Open up some major areas of the body - spine, hips, and shoulders - while activating the core, restoring balance, focusing the mind, and building lots of energy through deep breathing and constant engagement. Get your heart pumping! (45 mins.)

     

    Slow Your Roll.

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    • Vinyasa Slow Flow into Hanumanasana with Cristi Christensen at Exhale Spa // In this online yoga class, you will start reclining. Relax and find your center before moving into core work, reclining hip openers, and twists. Warm up the body with a series of free form movements. Continue to generate heat with slow Sun Salutation variations, twists, and standing balances before having the opportunity to practice hanumanasana and an arm balance. End with a series of seated hip openers before settling into savasana. (88 mins.)

    Delve into the newness, yogis. Unlock hidden potential. Elevate your vibe that much more.

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