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  • Bring in the Spring: 10 Tips to Shift into the Season

    Today marks the official dawn of spring! Sure, it may not feel very spring-like. It snowed in North Carolina last week, and I know it's still cold in a lot of places. Winter is sometimes slow to release her chilly grip. Even still, I know spring is upon us. The sun feels a bit warmer when it touches my skin. The days are brighter. The energy is up! Yes, yogis, spring is here. Even if it hasn’t made itself totally obvious yet.

    Since we are seasonally shifting, it’s important to make some minor lifestyle changes. It’s time to let go of your wintery ways and change in accordance with the season to stay balanced and happy!

    Spring is a season of warmth, moisture, and softness. The heat from the sun is now awakening the vibrancy and beauty of all life that was lying dormant during winter (including yourself, perhaps). Even so, this season can be problematic for some. Spring is also a season of colds, sinus congestion, and allergies. To avoid these typical spring occurrences, it’s important to emphasize internal spring cleaning.

    Spring Guidelines:

    1. Eat a lighter diet.
    2. Take on some sort of cleansing program. Kitchari cleanses are a really nourishing way to cleanse while still getting plenty of food.
    3. Start to wake up earlier. Rise with the sun!
    4. Declutter and rearrange your space to best support yourself in this season. What do you use, what do you need each day? What can be donated, sold, or put away until it gets cold out again?
    5. Say goodbye to all napping unless you're sick or pregnant. I'm serious. Napping causes stagnation.
    6. As it really begins to heat up, take measures to keep cool. Practice cooling forms of yoga, such as yin yoga. (Sort by style and find all of our online yin yoga classes). Practice cooling forward folds. Take a refreshing dip.
    7. Take time to appreciate the reawakening of nature. Take nature walks. Go on a long hike. Take your laptop or tablet outside and practice yoga outdoors. Observe all the new life emerging. New sprouts. New blooms and blossoms. New, vibrant energy. Embrace it all!
    8. Since there will be a lot of action going on outside, set aside time for introspective activities, such as meditation or writing. We offer an awesome collection of online meditation classes. Please check them out! Reserve time for stillness.
    9. Do some emotional housekeeping and cleaning. How are you feeling? Are you holding on to anything you should be releasing? Are you happy? Self-reflect.
    10. Practice detoxifying, renewing yoga classes. Think twists, twists, and more twists. To find all of our twisting online yoga flows, sort by Focus.

    Spring these balancing tips into action. Be full of the joys of spring.

  • 15 Yoga Practice Tips & Strategies for the Holidays

    Maintaining a yoga practice during the holidays can get tricky. We tend to eat heavy, drink heavy, and play heavy. Mix in kids and travel and it becomes that much more difficult to hit the mat. Yes, difficult...but not impossible.

    Here are some tips and strategies to ensure you maintain a little mat action amidst all the holiday madness:

    1. Get family members, friends, and visitors on board. Commit to a class or practice yoga at home together. You can even include the kids with this practice by Lindsey Valdez!
    2. Keep your mat unrolled on the floor at home as a reminder and invitation to practice a short asana sequence, meditation, pranayama technique, or a brief, yet blissful savasana.
    3. Read a book on Ayurveda and food. I highly recommend The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook. This book will inspire clean eating, a health-conscious lifestyle, and maybe some creativity in the kitchen.
    4. Drink warm water and lemon every morning to keep the system alkalized and promote digestion.
    5. Stay hydrated!
    6. Eat in moderation.
    7. Enjoy plenty of rest so food can digest properly.
    8. Cleanse and detox the body with some sweet, long twisting poses. Enjoy these online yoga classes, focusing on twisting postures:
    9. Inhale deeply, exhale fully. This mantra becomes especially effective if you are dealing with confrontational family members or traveling with rambunctious kids. Repeat as much as needed to remind yourself to breathe. Infuse your experience with some deep Ujjayi breathing, as well.
    10. Take extra long walks.
    11. Leave the holiday parties before things get too wild.
    12. Practice a short meditation every day to soak up the moment and facilitate stillness and calm. Enjoy our abundance of online meditation videos.
    13. Infuse some grounding restorative postures into your home sequence. Check out these short practices (under 15 minutes) for inspiration.
    14. Cut yourself some slack and have a good time with friends and family. Adjust your practice accordingly. It is just a few days out of the year, so no harm done if you break your normal patterns of practice.
    15. Lighten up, enjoy the festivities, have a restful and merry Christmas Day, and live fully in each moment.

    What practice tips and strategies do you suggest for the most wonderful time of the year?

    ~TJ

  • Fresh Vids + Vibes: Bedtime Yoga, Footsie Fun, and More!

    What’s the latest on YogaVibes?

    Running fanatic?

    yoga for runners

    • Yoga for Runners: Before, During and After with Sage Rountree // In this online yoga class for athletes and everyone, look at some simple yoga exercises to do before, during, and after a run or other workout. Enjoy a dynamic warm-up to get your glutes firing and lower legs ready to move; practice alignment and focus exercises to help you stay sharp during a workout; and explore longer holds of poses to stretch your quads, hip flexors, outer hips, inner thighs, and hamstrings after a run. (23 mins.)

     

    Footsie fun.

    foot exercses

    • Yoga for Ankles and Feet with Ashley Turner // This is a great online yoga class for opening up the feet and ankles, especially if you've had any injuries to these areas or have worn constricting shoes. Help to actively heal your feet and ankles by bringing more oxygen-rich blood to these areas and breaking up scar tissue. Work areas including the arch, achilles tendon, and inner and outer ankles in both seated and standing balancing poses. Warning: This is a restorative practice, although it may feel pretty intense at times! (24 mins.)
    • Playing with Balance: Vinyasa Flow with Rolf Gates // In this online yoga class, you will experience a well-rounded Vinyasa flow class. Rolf will guide you to explore the relationship between your feet and your heart as you practice a standing flow sequence that includes several standing balances, including eagle pose, dancer pose, half moon, and tree pose, just to name a few. Build core strength with a plank and side plank core series, which is followed by backbends, hip openers, and then a well-deserved savasana. (95 mins.)

     

    Time for lights out?

    bedtime yoga

    • Nighty Night with Sean Gray // Before you hit the sac, enjoy this series of basic poses designed to release stored energy in the body after a long day and calm the mind for some shut-eye. This mellow online yoga practice is good even if you've already practiced today, particularly if you are sore. It's the yogi "night cap." (20 mins.)

     

    Hammies hurtin?

    hamstring stretches

    • All About the Hammies! Exhale Spa Vinyasa Flow with Goldie Oren // Open up your hamstrings in this vinyasa flow! Begin your practice with a slow flow sequence that will gently open the backs of the legs, and then move through the same sequence one breath per movement. Hold several high lunges to strengthen the legs, while continuing to open up the hamstrings in between lunges. You'll practice 4 Sun Salutation As, emphasizing the length in the backs of the knees in downward facing dog each time, and then flow through 2 rounds of Sun Salutation Bs. Throughout the practice you will practice holding poses such as triangle pose (trikonasana), pyramid pose (parsvottanasana), and revolved triangle pose (parivrtta trikonasana) to deepen the stretch in the hamstrings. Close with lizard pose, pigeon pose, pachimottanasana and a long savasana. (61 mins.)

    Hit your mat to ring in the new vibes.

  • Fresh Vids + Vibes: Stand Strong, Crank Up the Intensity, and More!

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    Sloooow the Flow.

    cat cow exercises

    • Harnessing Energy for Transformation Slow Flow with Cristi Christensen at Exhale Spa // Holding onto internal garbage? Harness your energy for personal transformation and cultivate awareness to help you shed light on what you need to let go. Start seated and prepare for a short meditation and breath of fire pranayama practice. Wake up the spine and generate heat with Sun Salutation variations, a side plank series, and core work. Enjoy lots of opportunities to open the shoulders and chest with binds. Explore a standing balance sequence complete with dancer pose and hanumanasana. Finish with reclining hip openers. (88 mins.)
    • Slow Flow Restorative with Alexa Lane // In this online Vinyasa flow you will warm up the body and move into a round of slower-paced Sun Salutations. This class focuses on floor and seated postures to open the hips, including gate pose, cow face pose, half pigeon, and bound angle pose. (26 mins.)

     

    That Time?

    balasana

    • Yoga for your Menstrual Cycle with Ashley Turner // Bloated? Cramping? Irritable? Fatigued? Sounds like a bad case of the monthlies. This restorative online yoga sequence is designed to relieve menstrual cycle discomforts and promote hormonal balance.

     

    Stand Strong.

    virabhadrasana

    • Warrior Flow with Tiffany Russo at Exhale Spa // In this SmartFLOW yoga class with Annie Carpenter's assistant, Tiffany Russo, you will warm up the body slowly with core work, a cat and cow series to lubricate the spine, and Sun Salutations (mostly at your own pace and on your own breath). A standing Warrior series is followed by some plank work and opportunities to practice handstands and crow pose (bakasana). Finish with bow pose variations, seated twists and forward folds. (78 mins.)

     

    Crank UP the Intensity.

    xen strength yoga videos

    • Xen Strength Yoga with Weights Core Balance Challenge with Danielle Diamond // This yoga with weights segment requires extra engagement of the obliques as you balance while stretching the side body. Balancing acts blended with cardio bursts will give you a solid kick in the butt. End on the floor with a longer cool down, including one eagle variation on a sit-up, savasana and pranayama. Use light hand weights or do it without! (25 mins.)

    Slow things down or speed things up. Stand strong or take it to the floor. Your practice. Your call.

  • Fresh Vids & Vibes: Core Crazes, Learning Your Limits, and More!

    Core Infernos. core exercises

    • Core Stability Flow with Alexa Lane // In this Vinyasa flow class, focus on core stability, strength, balance, and stretching the hamstrings. This online yoga class includes Half Moon Pose, Warrior III, Side Plank, Monkey Pose, and Boat Pose. Enjoy a seated cool down followed by savasana. (31 mins.)
    • Core Focused Flow with Gigi Yogini // Strengthen your core with the use of a block (or other creative prop) between your thighs to activate your lower abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. Challenge yourself by using this online yoga class as a regular practice to increase your overall strength. (14 mins.)
    • Xen Strength Yoga with Weights Core Balance Challenge with Danielle Diamond // This yoga with weights class focuses on building core strength while challenging your balance with a creative combination of standing poses and extra hip opening asana. Add upper body strength moves to sculpt your arms, plus cardio bursts to elevate your heart rate, and create core strength and balance like never before! Relax with a long cool down, savasana, and pranayama exercise. Practice with light hand weights or none at all! (72 mins.)

     

    Prenatal Restoration.

    prenatal yoga online

    • Second Trimester: Hips Open! with Olynda Smith // Focus on poses that are fantastic for the second trimester, but can also work well for anytime during pregnancy. After a prenatal specific warm-up,  focus primarily on hip openers. These grounding poses can help bring calmness and peace during periods of great change. They also prepare the body for the great transformation of the birthing process. Feel grounded, calm, refreshed, and connected to your body and baby. (30 mins.)

     

    Know Your Bounds.

    Lunge Twist

    • Learn Your Limits with Sage Rountree // In this online yoga for athletes class (and everyone!), work on learning where your limits are, and what might cause them. Along the way, develop the wisdom to discern between what you can control and what you cannot. Start with an innovative belly-down sequence to work the spine, hips, and shoulders. Then, move to a surprisingly tough sit-to-stand-to-sit exercise. Assess the range of motion in your hips in standing balance poses, then release your hips deeply in lunges on the floor. Finally, practice surrender in a resting position appropriate to your body's unique needs. (74 mins.)

     

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