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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.

  • A Threefold Xen Strength Yoga Experience

    The best things in life come in threes like friends, dreams, memories…and Danielle Diamond’s Xen Strength Yoga classes.

    Yoga with Weights Xen Strength Yoga Founder, Danielle Diamond

    Xen Strength Yoga classes strategically incorporate light hand weights (3-5 lbs.) into a playful Vinyasa flow, for a yoga experience designed to strengthen, sculpt, lengthen, and challenge every muscle group. Now that spring and the not-so-distant summer are upon us, these yoga videos might be just what the doctor ordered.

    Check out Danielle’s newly added online yoga with weights classes, targeting 3 (there’s that number again!) sections of the body - the upper body, mid-body, and lower body:

    Xen Strength Warm Up, Upper Body and Core Sequence  (Segment 1)

    A rigorous warm-up prepares you for a blasting upper body and core strengthening session in this online yoga with weights class. Get the intense calorie burn you want without sacrificing precise alignment and all the benefits of yoga that you love. Do this as a stand-alone practice or combine it with Segments 2 and 3 for a full, hour-long online yoga experience. (23 mins.)

    Yoga with Weights

    Xen Strength Intense Core and Detoxifying Twists (Segment 2)

    Intense core moves deliver balance training, functional fitness, and a slimming detox/twist routine in this yoga with weights class. In this online yoga experience, you will be encouraged and inspired to work toward your edge and to challenge yourself while still honoring your current skill level. Do this as a stand-alone practice or combine it with Segments 1 and 3 for a full hour-long practice. (20 mins.)

    Yoga with Weights

    Xen Strength Bottom Line, Lower Body Focused Routine (Segment 3)

    The bottom line routine melts inches off your glutes, gets your rear in gear, lengthens and tones your legs, and ends with a restorative cool down. Do this online yoga practice as a stand-alone practice or combine it with Segments 1 and 2 for a full hour-long practice. (28 mins.)

    yoga with weights

    Challenge yourself and your idea of yoga with Danielle Diamond.


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