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  • Natarajasana: Feel the Dance!

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    Work toward one of the most celebrated backbends in yoga: Natarajasana (nat = dance, raja = lord or king), also called Dancer's Pose, Lord of the Dance Pose, Dancing Shiva Pose, and King Dancer’s Pose.

    Given its many names, it must be pretty significant, right?

    Well, yeah. It is.

    Nataraja is Shiva as the Lord of Dance and symbolizes the cosmic dance of creation, preservation, and dissolution. Heavy stuff, I know. Cultivating this dynamic pose allows you to experience stillness within movement, and feel the dance contained within stillness.

    By opening up the front body and simultaneously strengthening the standing leg and engaging the lower abdominals, this standing backbend:

    • Builds focus and confidence
    • Opens up the shoulders and chest
    • Stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen
    • Strengthens the legs and ankles
    • Enhances balance

    To experience the benefits, check out these online yoga videos all specifically choreographed with shoulder and heart openers to prep for this kingly pose.

    • Natarajasana: King Dancer's Pose Flow with Joan Hyman Joan will break it down, teaching component parts like opening the shoulder girdle and the hip flexors, along with teaching how to engage the pelvic floor. This is an energizing online yoga practice, including handstand variations and twists that leave you feeling grounded and open at the same time! Begin on two blocks opening the thoracic spine with breath awareness. Enjoy the flow and find your dance within! (62 mins.)
    • Dancing Shiva Flow with Ashley Turner Strengthen by softening in this online yoga class. Travel through a dynamic standing/balancing sequence and dive into the myth of Natarajasana. Learn how to dance through "the rings of fire" in life in this dynamic, Level 3 online yoga video. (92 mins.)
    • Hip and Shoulder Opening to Natarajasana: SmartFLOW with Annie Carpenter This steady and focused alignment-based yoga video features postures to open the shoulders and front hips in preparation for the dance. (88 mins.)

    Like anything else, Natarajasana takes practice, especially for the less bendy of yogis.

    Enjoy the journey, don’t freak out over falling, and trust that with practice all is coming, including strength and poise.

    Natarajasana by Joe Longo Photography via www.noelleconnolly.com 

  • How to Build a Safe L Pose by Sigrid Matthews

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    Alignment, alignment, alignment!

    Sometimes, don’t you just wish your teacher would shut up and let you go with the flow, literally? There is nothing like moving on the breath, flowing gracefully from one pose to the next, not staying too long anywhere - almost like dancing to great rock and roll in your bedroom.

    Yes, I’ve been there too and taught many a fun, sweaty, flow yoga class where everyone was grooving to tunes and meditating on their higher self. There is nothing wrong with this, but over the years of repetition and moving your body around unconsciously, you are at a higher risk for injuries, particularly in the shoulders.

    One of the most common complaints and recurring site of injuries in yoga these days is the tearing of the rotator cuff. It’s giving yoga a bad reputation and some are going so far as to say that yoga can wreck your body! Luckily, many of us know how many stories of healing the body are attributed to yoga. However you may want to consider fine tuning your practice to lessen the risk of injury in yoga poses like chaturanga dandasana, plank, vashistasana, handstand, and even, upward facing dog.

    L pose is a fantastic way to get the strengthening benefits of the above poses with a lot less risk.

    One of the main reasons people get hurt flowing from chaturanga to cobra or up dog is that they allow the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) to protract or “drop” forward in the shoulder socket. This protraction can also be accompanied with scapular protraction, but many students simply “pull” their shoulder blades back (retraction) without addressing the real issue of the forward upper arm bone. In fact, the shoulder blades can be somewhat neutral in plank. When you cleanly bend your arms, stopping just before the chest is lower than the elbows and keeping the front of the chest open, the shoulder blades will move towards one another as much as needed (you don’t need to do more). Keep the front of the shoulders open as you transition into upward facing dog.

    Okay, so problem solved. Well, as people do cycle after cycle of vinyasa they tend to get tired and sloppy and that’s when you see the pose beginning to break down. Rather than doing 100s of chaturangas to develop strength and tone, challenge yourself by working L pose for up to a minute at a time.

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    To start working your L pose, tune into Sigrid's Focused Flow yoga video. Build confidence and self-esteem and receive all of the benefits of a full handstand as you practice this safe inversion utilizing the wall. This online yoga class is taught progressively for safety with all of the prep poses creating spinal alignment, posture, and deep core integrity. (15 mins.)

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  • Fresh Vibes: Illuminate Your Backbends!

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    Backbends...

    I feel like either you love ‘em or hate ‘em.

    If you’re a backbending junkie, prepare to get high.

    If you consider backbends your nemeses...well, buckle up. They say there’s a thin line between love and hate. So maybe, just maybe, you’ll cross the line.

    • Don't Back Down with Gwen Lawrence This powerful online yoga flow is designed to build strength and stability in the back and core. In this online yoga class, you will challenge the breath and deepen your focus. Enjoy a deep hip-opener at the end to let go of any low back strain. (67 mins.)
    • Expand from Stability: Bow Shaped Balances with Stacey Rosenberg Filmed live at Yoga Tree Hayes, this alignment-based practice is loaded with stabilizing balancing poses and strengthening asymmetrical backbends. Explore atypical ways to find yourself in Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) or Vasisthasana (Side Plank) and even Cobra. This practice is challenging and flows through many variations of familiar poses. You will build the stability and focus required for balance and cultivate the strength and opening to create the many variations of bow shaped backbends. Come out with more space to breath and perhaps a little taller. (59 mins.)
    • Open Heart: Yoga for Athletes Short Practice with Sage Rountree In this short, beginner yoga video (designed especially for athletes, but open to all!) you’ll focus on opening the chest and hips. Relax into both supported and active backbends as you address all areas of the chest and shoulders to find greater ease, expansion, and openness through your front body. (30 mins.)
    • Build a Backbend with Stacey Rosenberg Start with simple poses that bring awareness while opening both your back body and the front of your thighs. The sequence progresses by building strength in your middle and upper back and engaging your core to bring you into full wheel pose (urdhva dhanurasana) safely and with integrity. Filmed live at Yoga Tree Hayes, this online yoga video is great for people who already have a backbend practice or for those who want to strengthen their upper back and work toward fuller backbend expressions over time. (59 mins.)

     

    There's plenty more where that came from! For more backbending madness, head over to the YogaVibes studio.

    Image Courtesy of www.zainsaraswatijamal.com

  • Class Review: Core Fusion® Cardio Express with Tammy Rowe

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    The deets.

    • Style: Core Fusion® Yoga
    • Intensity: Level 2 = All Levels Online Yoga Video
    • Focus: Core-intense + Sweat-inducing
    • Average Rating: 4/5 

     

    On the teacher.

    Tammy Rowe joined the exhale family in 2006 after dancing professionally with the Chicago Bulls, Royal Caribbean, and numerous productions in New York City and Europe. She brings her dance background, expertise in movement, and inspiring energy to each online yoga class. Tammy is a National Teacher Trainer for exhale and can be seen on the Core Fusion® Power Sculpt and Pure Intensity DVDs.

    On the class.

    SWEAT IT OUT in this barre-less, fat-blasting cardio class, designed to sculpt and tone your entire body in only 45 minutes! Consisting of weights, mountain climbers, karate kicks, speed skaters, flowing yoga poses, and an ab sculpting series, this high-intensity class (followed by a calming cool finish...whew) will leave you feeling energized and strong. Kick your heart rate into high gear in this non-stop, endorphin-filled all levels yoga video.

    What people are saying.

    • Great class, working entire body. Sometimes a little hard to see the moves. Overall will come back to workout.
    • I was surprisingly impressed. Challenging without being manic given the shorter duration. This will be a go-to class for sure.
    • Great class, I felt energized after a long work day.
    • Awesome, quick workout. Keeps your heart rate up and makes you sweat.

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    For more of Tammy Rowe’s wildly popular Core Fusion® yoga videos, hit up our ever-expanding online yoga studio. New Core Fusion® additions on the horizon!

  • Presenting Yoga Tree’s Laura Burkhart!

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    We are thrilled to introduce Yoga Tree’s esteemed teacher, Laura Burkhart, to our online yoga studio.

    Laura Burkhart is the founder of Yoga Reach International, a company that specializes in yoga travel-adventures, classes and workshops with a philanthropic intent: to help the communities that it touches through both hands-on projects and donations. Yoga Reach fosters a platform that brings well-being, adventure-travel and service together to benefit both communities in need and to enrich the lives of those participating in the retreat.

    Her creatively and intelligently sequenced online yoga classes are known for being challenging, with a smooth and rhythmic flow. Extensive studies under Shiva Rea and her primary mentor Jason Crandell, have greatly influenced her intuitive, spontaneous, and eclectic instruction style. Though challenging, her beginner classes are fun for yoga newbies, helping to layout a strong foundation to cultivate a lifelong yoga practice.

    To practice with Laura, check out her freshly launched Vinyasa style yoga videos:

    • Heart, Hips + Core Flow: This all levels, well-balanced online yoga flow features deep backbends, hip openers, and core work. Focus on lengthening the hamstrings, opening the shoulders, and holding balancing postures. Filmed live at Yoga Tree, this online yoga class is designed to provide a well-rounded opening of the entire body. (65 mins.)
    • Birds of a Feather Flock Together: Filmed live at Yoga Tree Hayes in San Francisco, this challenging, yet smooth flow features eagle pose, crane pose, and flying pigeon pose. This online yoga video serves as a great practice for opening the hips, shoulders, chest, and upper back. As an all levels flow, modifications are offered for those of less and more experience. (68 mins.)

     Stay tuned as more online yoga videos with Laura are coming soon to our virtual yoga space!

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