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  • Fresh Vibes: Get Twisted and Untangle Tightness

    What's in store for your home practice this week? 

    Lots of twisting. Lots of love. Lots of good vibes per usual.

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    First, get ready to...

    Twist it out like whoa.

    • Get twisted in Sean Gray's Twist to Open flow. Twists are a great way to build your core strength, keep your spine healthy, detox your insides, and increase body awareness. This online yoga practice is a mix of basic and advanced twisting postures that will open up your spine and get it moving fluidly. (50 mins.)
    • Move into more twists with Cristi Christensen in her Vinyasa slow flow. Also, take it upside down into Tripod Headstand and fly, fly away into Bakasana (Crow Pose). Enjoy a hamstring-opening and side body lengthening sequence ending in Hanumanasana (full splits) and Eka Pada Koundinyasana II. After that's all said and done, enjoy a long cool down with backbends and seated forward folds. (88 mins.)
    • Hurtin' from too much booze-induced fun? If so, Gigi Yogini's restorative online yoga class is just what the doctor ordered: Yoga for a Hangover. It's a quick and simple twisting class that will activate your kidneys and liver to help you cleanse out all the toxic crap. (18 mins.)

     

    Treat your upper body.

    • Olynda Smith's prenatal online yoga video is designed for the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Create space in your torso, ease in your upper back, and soften and release any tension in your shoulders. You'll even do a little neck and jaw work. Work to open, align and strengthen these areas while inviting an experience of dwelling in the sanctuary of your heart - a place that is helpful to get more and more in touch with as you step into the mysteriousness unknowns of birth and motherhood. (29 mins.)

     

    Unwind the tightness.

    • In Sage Rountree's short yoga for athletes (specifically swimmers) class and anyone, you will cultivate flexibility in the areas that can get tight from swimming: shoulders, chest, hips, and ankles. No experience is needed. Simply enjoy the attention to your body and breath as you relax into these longer holds of simple stretches. (26 mins.)

    Intrigued by these fresh yoga videos? Act now. Gather up your yogic devices, press play, and get ready to raise yo' vibe. 

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    Photo Credit: Crazy Twist via www.conflictscheckblog.com

  • 3 Ways to Attract Positive Vibes

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    1. Think Positive. What you allow to slosh around in your head truly does influence the way you feel and what you attract. If you want to feel good and attract good things, think good things. Simple, right? Yes. Simple, but not easy. For those prone to negative thoughts, it takes lots of practice to rewire the natural tendencies and patterns we have created. For me, the practice of cultivating positive thoughts began in yoga. As I practiced more yoga, I became increasingly more self-aware. As I observed my thinking mind, I realized that my thoughts were totally tainting my experience. Yoga, among other realms, helped me to release a lot of this self-induced toxicity. The yoga is still working on me, each day allowing me to release a little bit more or, at the very least, showing me what I need to work on and what negative patterns of thought and behavior need some rewiring.
    2. Feel Positive. Thoughts influence how you feel, yet the reversal also holds true: How you feel, influences your thoughts. One sure way to feel better is to get moving. Yoga just makes you feel good. It flushes out stagnation and lethargy and wrings out all of the toxic accumulations. All the positive vibrations you create via the physical practice (be it asana, pranayama, or mantra), translate powerfully to the mental body. You know this to be true. For example, say your favorite song comes on. You start jammin' to it, and your mood quickly shifts. The physical vibrations positively influence your mental body. The same phenomenon occurs in the yoga practice. The physical vibrations created via movement and action positively influence your thoughts and actions. To test it out, here are 3 physical practices specifically designed to generate positive mental and spiritual transformations:
      • Backbending: Harnessing the Power of Intention with Kelly Gardner // Begin by reversing the old adage, "I'll believe it when I see it," to remind yourself that it is also holds true that, "I'll see it when I believe it." The power of setting a positive intention and working with that intention through breath, body, and mind is transformative. Every pose in this Anusara yoga sequence is purposeful. Open up your body via deep backbends to powerfully expand your mind. (60 mins.)
      • Twisting: Balancing the Nadis with Jeanne Heileman // Twisting is not only a great way to cleanse the body, but when done on a deeper level, it becomes a mental and spiritual cleanse. The online yoga class begins with abdominal work and the cleansing techniques of Uddiyana Bandha and Agni Sara to really awaken the center. The breathing pattern of Samana Vayu is introduced to take this even deeper. Using that heat, you will move into twists from many perspectives to wring out the organs as well as to wring out your thought patterns. When you can change the way that you breathe, you can change the patterns in the mind. This can lead to space for new, positive habits. The result of this type of practice is a calmer, more stable energy and more centering in the spine. (75 mins.)
      • Anahata: Finding the Lightness of the Heart with Jeanne Heileman // The quality of the Heart Chakra is Air, yet most of us do not feel as though our hearts could be as light as air. This online yoga class will help transform your perspective to the positive energy and region within the heart. You will be guided through a specific pranayama called Viloma that moves the breath against the grain of what is comfortable, to create expansion and strength in the lungs and heart. Jeanne will then guide you on a journey deep within the heart, using Tantric techniques she has learned from her master teacher, that can help you find a beauty and deep love that dwells at the darkest cave of the heart. This meditation can be a life-changer if done for 30 days in a row. (24 mins.)
    3. Do Positive. Put out positive vibes. Commit to positive actions. Do good things for your friends, family, and fellow yogis. Shine a smile to a stranger. Be helpful. What’s more, wrap all of these positive outputs in love and compassion. Scientifically speaking, the person who gives receives a much higher dopamine (happy chemical) surge than the receiver. Interesting, right? It’s the law of karma in action.

    To attract positive, to realize your dreams and the impossible, you have to think, feel, and do positive. What you put out in this lifetime, you will inevitably receive.

    “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” ~ Sun Tzu

    Be victorious.

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: www.fitbodyflow.com

  • Moving Through Depression with Ashley Turner

    Join mind-body psychotherapist and yoga teacher, Ashley Turner, in this online yoga class designed to relieve the symptoms of depression. Ashley is passionate about sharing the power of yoga, science, and meditation to help us in Western world (and all around the globe) deal with common afflictions, such as depression.

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    At some point, we all suffer from some form of depression. Some of the key components of depression are lack of motivation, low energy, and apathy. To overcome these symptoms, the system requires “charging.” Yoga provides a way to up level and resuscitate the system – to get the body and mind up and running again.

    In this online yoga practice you will work with a “charging”, activating breath. You will work to stabilize your body’s biochemistry through twisting, backbends, and fiery sun salutations. You will focus on the middle back - the bra-strap region where the kidneys and adrenals live. It is here where we tend to hold the stress hormones of cortisol and adrenalin. The intention of this yoga practice is to flush out these stress hormones and activate the endorphins.

    Oxytocin and serotonin - the “happy” hormones” - help us to feel better and create a shift in our brain and blood chemistry, which dramatically influences our mood.

    This is where the power of yoga comes into play. Yoga creates a shift. Yoga activates. Yoga uplifts. The activating movements wipe out the stress hormones and get those “happy” hormones surging. That’s why it is so important to get the body moving when you are experiencing a depressive episode (even if it is all you can manage that day).

    Now, get ready for some serious re-charging. Start this online yoga practice with breath of fire – a very activating breath that fires up the lymphatic system.

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    And remember throughout your practice and your day….

    “You are supported, you are loved, and you are upheld by this life-affirming flow of Prana.”  ~Ashley Turner

    Elevate your mood in this space of compassion and acceptance.

    ~Tess

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