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  • Class Review: Core Flow to Bhujapidasana with Sarah Ezrin

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    Filming Location: Los Angeles, California Style: Vinyasa Slow Flow Length: 47 minutes Intensity: Level 2 = Moderate Intensity Focus: Arm Balances, Core, Alignment-Based Props: Block + Blanket Recommended Average Rating: 5/5

    On the teacher.

    Sarah Ezrin delivers what I’m going to call a “subtle a** kick.” Her Vinyasa flows, though slow moving and incredibly mindful, are surprisingly challenging. Plus, she’s an alignment-cuing queen. Her stellar and precise instructions, combined with her intelligent sequencing, will allow you to work into postures with greater depth and awareness.

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    On the class.

    • A Plank Party. True to its name, this class is heavy on the core work. Get prepared to plug in the belly and settle into lots of plank holds.
    • Shoulder Snuggling Action. Spoiler alert: The peak pose of this Vinyasa slow flow is Bhujapidasana, which translates as shoulder pressing pose. Don’t worry. Before you reach the summit, you’ll do some preparative training to make this arm balancing asana more accessible. If you can’t reach the summit today, there are still places you can work and play.
    • Slow Your Roll. This class is an opportunity to slooooow down. This doesn’t, however, make this experience any easier than a fast moving Vinyasa class. In fact, in many ways, it ups the intensity. Expect to really settle into poses, deeply connect to your breath, and sustain longer holds to build your endurance.
    • Instruction Heavy. Expect lots of awesome cues and options for various modifications on more advanced poses. There’s a lot to absorb in this class, which is why I recommend practicing it more than once. It really sets the stage for solid alignment and proper core engagement.

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    What people are saying.

    "This is a great video! It was pretty challenging, but not unmanageable. Sarah did a great job of explaining Bhujapidasana when it was time to try that pose!" ~ Nomnso K

    From Sarah’s website: Based out of her hometown of Los Angeles, Sarah is a RYT-500. She is trained in Vinyasa Flow and the Ashtanga method, which is her daily practice. Sarah received the YogaWorks certification to conduct teacher trainings in early 2011. Internationally recognized, she teaches workshops and retreats across the globe.

    Find more online yoga classes with Sarah Ezrin HERE.

    Get more on Sarah Ezrin at www.sarahezrinyoga.com, find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

  • Yoga with Sarah Ezrin

    We feel incredibly blessed to partner with so many stellar, internationally recognized yoga teachers. Sarah Ezrin, an energetic and humorous yoga teacher based in Los Angeles, is one of them.

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    Sarah is a 500-hour trained and certified YogaWorks teacher. She also teaches at Equinox Fitness. Her joyful, yet challenging, Vinyasa flow classes explore breath-linked movement within detailed alignment, intelligent sequencing, and a lot of laughter.

    Sarah leads workshops and retreats across the globe. She is a daily Ashtanga practitioner, and is honored to be an ambassador for numerous mindful fitness companies and non-profits, including lululemon athletica, Manduka, Yoga Earth, Yoga Gives Back, and the U.K.-based fitness line, Sweaty Betty. Through her teaching, Sarah hopes to make yoga universally accessible and fun.

    Why YogaVibes?

    “It is a strong belief of mine that everyone deserves to do yoga. By offering classes through YogaVibes, which is the top online source for great yoga, I am able to reach more practitioners and spread yoga love across the world!!!”

    That is our strong belief, as well.

    To get a dose of that yoga love, check out Sarah’s newly added Vinyasa yoga class: Happy Hour Yoga. This 43-minute online yoga class is the perfect after work yogic "cocktail" of shoulder openers and hip stretches. The sequence is short enough that you can still have your night ahead of you (for the true Happy Hour), but well-rounded enough that your body feels holistically relieved after having worked all day. Unwind. Open up. Release tension. Then, go sip on a legit cocktail.

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    ~Tess

    To view Sarah's free online Strike a Pose yoga videos, please click here. For more information on Sarah (class schedule, retreats, workshops/trainings, etc.), please visit her website www.sarahezrinyoga.com or connect with her via Facebook.

     

  • Headstand (Sirsasana I) with Sarah Ezrin

    This week’s Strike a Pose yoga video is brought to you by Sarah Ezrin, a Los Angeles, CA based yoga teacher. In this free online yoga video, Sarah will demo how to safely practice supported Headstand (Sirsasana I) – an incredible inversion requiring tremendous core strength and body intelligence.

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    Headstand is called the “the king” of all asanas for a reason. The benefits of this pose are numerous, including stimulation of the lymphatic system (blood system), reversal of the aging process (and those maddening grey hairs), and strength enhancement (especially of the core). You can’t go wrong with this pose.

    Though the benefits are plentiful, this pose, when practiced incorrectly, can be pretty dangerous. If you have a super tight upper back or blood pressure issues (high or low), stick to earlier variations and pass up on the full expression of the pose. You can still receive ALL of the benefits of Headstand in these earlier variations, so don’t think you’re being cheated!

    In Sarah’s Headstand rundown, you will start with the establishment of a strong, even foundation. You will learn to create length and freedom in the neck and head, to correctly locate the crown of the head, to take any rounding out of the upper back to set up a long, aligned spine, and to bring the weight into the forearms rather than the head.

    You will digest all of these alignment tips and tricks in one of three Headstand variations.

    First, you’ll work in Dolphin – a great, accessible prep pose for Headstand. Next, you’ll explore a 3-step process to enter the pose. If you’re on a roll, you will perhaps practice piking into the pose, creating a floating-like quality in the body. Test out this trio of Headstand goodness here:

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    Each variation will be countered with Child’s Pose - an essential asana to relax and reset the body post-Headstand play.

    “Treat your head balance practice with reverence. Take your time. Be patient. It will all come.” ~Sarah Ezrin

    If you can’t get it today, yogis, there’s always tomorrow.

    ~Tess

     P.S. For more Headstand practice, check out Sarah’s full-length online Vinyasa yoga class exploring Headstand and its variations: Heels Over Head.

    Photo Credit: Headstand & Variations via www.rachelbrathen.com

  • 5 Yoga Videos to Fall Heels Over Head in Love

    Heels over head in love...get it? Yeah, yeah...you got it. If not, allow me to catch you up to speed (maybe you haven't had your coffee yet this morning). I'm talking headstand, yogis. I'm talking "the King."

    Headstand is the king of the castle in the asana kingdom and its not called "the King" of all asanas for nothing. It’s a splendid pose to put into practice because of its abundant benefits. Headstand reverses the aging process, provides a natural face-lift, and (possibly) reverses grey hair growth. Spread the word, yogis. This is powerful stuff.

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    There are varying processes you can explore to fully realize this pose and its benefits. Start testing the waters in these online yoga videos to find what approach resonates with you:

    1. Working Towards Headstand with Sarah Faircloth Welcome to an online Anusara yoga experience! In this online yoga class, you will be guided step by step through the full range of some of the most basic poses of yoga asana, including supported headstand (Sirsasana I). Whether you are new to yoga or in need of some refreshment, this is a great class for you! Key focuses in this online yoga class: Correct head alignment over the torso and a strong neck to avoid compromising the natural curvature of the cervical spine. (59 mins.)
    2. Heels Over Head (Headstand) with Sarah Ezrin Learn how to float up with ease into this incredible pose in this short, but detailed online yoga sequence. Note: Inversions may not be appropriate for those with high blood pressure or those on their menstrual cycle. (32 mins.)
    3. Foundational Principles: Supported Headstand (Sirsasana I) with Sarah Faircloth In this free online yoga video, you will have an opportunity to test out several hand positions and ways to enter supported headstand (Sirsasana I). Re-visit the foundational principles of this inversion to approach this pose with mindfulness and intelligence.
    4. Headstand Substitute with Sri Dharma Mittra Learn ways to experience the benefits of headstand through modified versions without doing the full expression of the pose in this free online yoga video.
    5. Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana I), Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga Style with Sadie Nardini In this free online yoga video, learn a 3-part approach to headstand to completely rock this pose.

    Start your romance with headstand if you haven't already. It's a pose with which you definitely want to fall in love.

    ~Tess

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