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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.

  • Feature Friday: What’s New?

    Let's see...

    What do we have going on this week? Well, lots. Read on to find an online yoga practice that strikes your fancy. Then, take it to the mat.

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    Arm balance junkie?

    Join Cristi Christensen for an online Vinyasa flow and exploration of eka pada koundinyasana II, titibasana, and bakasana post-hamstring and hip-opening. What’s more, enjoy a core plank, push-up, spinal flow series that will fire up your core and bring flexibility to the spine.

    Rock yo hips.

    Work in a quick and well-rounded hip opening practice complete with a warm-up, standing postures, balancing poses and restorative hip openers. Release tension to receive the numerous physical and energetic benefits of this online yoga practice with Gigi Yogini.

    Start trippin’ off the POWER.

    Begin this online yoga class on your back with Goldie Oren’s signature ab work to fire up the core. You'll then move into several low and high lunges to power up the legs. Then flow through four Sun Salutation A's to build heat. The sequence will continue to flow into externally rotated poses like Warrior II, extended side angle and half moon pose. After the standing hip openers, you'll come into several internally rotated poses and twists, including revolved extended side angle, revolved triangle and Warrior III. Then making your way onto your stomach for three bow poses and a restful child's pose. You'll close the practice with a long pigeon pose with the option to twist, and a peaceful savasana.

    Pranayamas, asanas, mudras, oh my!

    Join Andrey Lappa for a short Universal Yoga Mandala class introducing pranayamas, mudras, and color visualizations for the development of dharana (internal focus and concentration) while skillfully incorporating vinyasas, asanas, and turns on the mat. Feel a balancing of the mind and body - the internal and the external harmonized.

    Unleash your inner yoga ninja. 

    Sensei Kim McNeil takes it up a notch to lead you in an online yoga practice to safely improve the mobility of your lower body joints. Learn how to properly move the spine, hips, and knees in a way that will make you stronger, improve your balance, and promote happy joints. All the while you will be challenged to stay in touch with your breathing and find your inner yoga ninja so you can continue to karate chop stress long after you've left the mat.

    Release!

    Take a wonderful, guided journey with Annie Carpenter as you release through the entire body in this online pranayama and meditation class. Start with a guided relaxation as you prepare your body for a seated pranayama and meditation experience.

    Here comes the Barre burn.

    Join Tammy Rowe for a fast-paced online Core Fusion class which is a nice challenge for students with Core Fusion or barre experience. Fusing the disciplines of core conditioning, Pilates, the Lotte Berk Method, and yoga, this highly acclaimed transformational fitness experience incorporates 50 years of collective teacher expertise. It allows you to work from the inside out, consistently delivering results, including washboard abs, a tighter and higher backside, and a perfectly toned body.

    Lots of newness to explore, right? Enjoy your exploration. Enjoy your practice.

    ~Tess

  • Keep Yourself in Check: 10 Summer-Balancing Pointers

    Oh sweet, sweet summer. Beaches. Sun-kissed skin. Warmth. Leisure. Bliss.

    side plank Gigi Yogini in Vasisthasana (Side Plank) with Vrksasana (Tree Pose) variation...

    The sweetness of the summer season is intoxicating. The abundance of sunshine inspires lots of activity and time spent outdoors to soak it all in. By all means, soak it all in, but do so sensibly. Take special caution to remain harmonious in the heat with these summer-stabilizing tips:

    1. Practice yoga at home in the early morning when temperatures are cooler. If you can’t work in a morning practice, the next best option is an evening flow.
    2. Choose loose fitting clothes (linen or cotton) to allow your skin to breathe.
    3. Limit your caffeine and alcohol consumption. I know an ice-cold beer and iced coffee are perceived to be very refreshing during this time. In reality, they are very dehydrating! Yes, summer is the opportunity to sip and enjoy these pleasures. So sip and enjoy, but do so in moderation.
    4. Reduce hot, spicy, fermented, salty, oily, and fried foods. All of these foods are heating and don’t jive too well with the soaring temperatures.
    5. Select cooling, hydrating foods, including peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, and other juicy fruits.
    6. Use cooling oils for self-massage, such as coconut oil. Not only is this awesome for skin hydration, but it is also super purifying!
    7. Before you retreat into savasana, treat yourself to a cooling herbal mist to hydrate and protect your skin. Organic rose water is a wonderful selection!
    8. This is an obvious one: Drink LOTS of water. LOTS. In fact, go down a glass right now.
    9. Meditate. Summer is a very stimulating season. Establish a regular meditation practice to renew and find calm amidst the intensity and excitement.
    10. Reserve time to relax and restore – to pacify the go-go-go. Ease up on all of the activity and try some restorative or yin yoga at home.

    To celebrate summer, jump into this one hour online yoga class with Sarah Starr filmed on the beach! Take time to explore what makes you feel alive as you focus on detoxifying twists, core strength, and the joy of hip openers.

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    May your summer be abundant with happy, harmonious vibes!

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: www.gigiyogini.com

  • Practice Tips: Do More of This & Less of That

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    Sometimes yogis, you gotta turn the tables and commit to doing more of one thing and less of another. Inspired by Chris McCombs, I have sequenced together a less-of-this and more-of-that list as it pertains to the yoga practice.

    •  Less theory, more practice. “Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory.” ~Sri K. Pattabhi Joyce
    • Less perfection, more progress.
    • Less hesitancy, more pushing into your fears.
    • Less attachment to the outcome, more acceptance of the NOW.
    • Less laziness, more taking it to the mat.
    • Less forcing, more flowing.
    • Less stress, more breathing through it.
    • Less thinking, more breathing.
    • Less mulling over thoughts, more mantra.
    • Less mental body, more intuitive body. Bottom-line: Listen to your gut.
    • Less comfort, more change. Don’t get stuck in the trap of security. Live on the edge. Face your fears. Confront challenges. This is where the magic happens! This is really living!
    • Less poker face, more smiles.
    • Less seriousness, more play! It’s simply yoga. Don’t take yourself and the practice so seriously.
    • Less conforming, more doing you! It’s YOUR practice, so do you. Sing your song. Dance your dance.
    • Less clutter, more space. When you de-clutter your life (mentally and physically), you have more space to receive. Toss out the garbage and the unessential.
    • Less comparison, more self-acceptance. Don’t envy the practice of another yogi. By all means, use it as inspiration for your own practice. Don’t, however, get so caught up in wanting your practice to mirror another. This is YOUR practice. Accept it as it is: perfectly imperfect.
    • Less future and less past, more present.
    • Less mental disturbances, more meditation. Meditation is the BEST medication.
    • Less distraction, more drishti. Each pose has a drishti point – a place to direct your gaze. When distractions arise - when your eyes start circling around the room or thoughts start streaming in - remind yourself to direct your focus to that drishti point.
    • Less force, more fluidity. Sometimes when I practice, I imagine myself creating the movements in water. Strength is definitely a huge component of the practice and so is steadiness. The intent is to strike a sweet balance between effort and ease.
    • Less ego, more humility.
    • Less playing it safe, more falling. Falling is a part of this journey. Mistakes are a part of this journey. Scars are a part of this journey. All of this allows you to learn and grow.
    • Less sitting around and thinking about it, more bold action.
    • Less controlling, more letting go.
    • Less catastrophizing, more opportunity-izing. Yes, I made up both of those words. The point is, don’t freak out in the midst of chaos. Consider catastrophes as opportunities in disguise. If you can do this, your life and practice will flow with greater ease.
    • Less wanting, more gratitude.
    • Less “What’s in it for me?,” more “How can I help?” One easy way to help is to breathe not only for yourself, but also for the yogi(s) next to you. If you’re practicing yoga at home solo, breathe for all life surrounding you. Create those elevating vibes!
    • Less excuses for not hitting the mat, more yoga at home or on the go with YogaVibes!

    In your practice, what can you minimize? What can you amplify?

    ~Tess

  • 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!

    ~Tess

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