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  • 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

  • Practice an Attitude of Gratitude

    If you’re in the States, Thanksgiving is the designated day to express thanks. Almost all cultures have such a day – a day reserved to realize and acknowledge the positive in life, to celebrate supportive and loving families, friends, and communities, and to embrace all the abundance such as yoga, delicious food, a safe home, and, most importantly, health and happiness. We all have something for which to be grateful. In fact, each breath is a gift – a gift to be fully received and celebrated. You are alive!

    Most of us are fortunate to have our most basic and fundamental needs met. Still though, desires and wants always creep in. There is an endless yearning for more. Sometimes, however, less is really more. Sometimes more means more headaches and pulls us further away from what truly matters: happiness, love, peace, and self-realization.

    In our desire for more, we forget to be grateful. That’s why we have a special day to remind us! Really, though, every day should be a day for giving and receiving thanks. Each day, we should express gratitude for the fact that our needs are met. Each day, we should practice contentment for all that we have in life. To quote Sheryl Crow:

    "It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you got."

    Want what ya got.

    Today, take a moment to realize all there is to be grateful for in your life. Acknowledge all the blessings you have received– a loving partner, beautiful children, a true friend, supportive parents, loving siblings, and/or a loyal pet. Be grateful for your body and breath. Be grateful that you can create your world - that you have the free will to change your life as you choose.

    To celebrate this day, here are three online yoga videos featuring practices of gratitude:

    Grateful for Good Postural Awareness with Joanie Flavin (80 mins.)

    This class explores improving the health of your shoulders by strengthening the postural muscles. In the backdrop of our physical practice we will emphasize a practice of gratitude as a means to improve our perspective and perception. Please have two blocks and a strap.

    Alchemy of the Heart: A Backbending Class with Pete Guinosso (75 mins.)

    This online yoga class will guide you in exploring the powerful practice of mindful gratitude, and how such a practice can open you to a life of grace. In this class we will utilize deep hip releases to detoxify the mind and body of negative emotions, experience heart opening backbends to learn where joy and gratitude reside in our bodies, and explore inversions to tap into our spirits' sense of playfulness. Please be sure to watch the free videos entitled - Tucking your Tail and Low Cobra, Revealed - before practicing this all levels online yoga class.

    Strong Roots = Strong Tree with Gigi Yogini (67 mins.)

    This is an invigorating online yoga class with the theme of Grounding with Gratitude. This class will activate your inner power through intention setting, core strengthening, balancing, and a fun (but challenging) tree pose flow.

    Have a beautiful day practicing gratitude! Also, (how could I forget!) enjoy a boundless supply of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and all other delicious Thanksgiving Day delights.

    ~TJ

  • Fresh Vibes: Awaken & Activate

    What’s fresh on our online yoga menu?

    Awesomeness per usual.

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    Got core?

    Join Cristi Christensen for core-activation exercises followed by Sun Salutations with core-engagement in mind. In this online yoga class, you will open the pelvis with a standing sequence with long holds in Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), side angle pose (parsvakonasana), and half moon pose (ardha chandrasana). Practice dolphin pose or forearm balance (pincha mayurasana) followed by a forearm plank series. Get into the shoulders with a great shoulder opener and some fun variations on wheel pose (urdhva dhanurasana) with blocks. Cool down with reclining twists and savasana. (90 mins.)

    Cyclist or chronic chair sitter?

    Then Sage Rountree’s new online yoga video is for you! In this yoga video for cyclists (and chair sitters), you will work gently to open the front of the body and strengthen the back. Enjoy a focus on hips and shoulders while balancing strength and flexibility. Alternate between spinal extension exercises to work the core and lunges to release the hips. Finish with a deep relaxation. (56 mins.)

    Short on time?

    Join Gigi Yogini for a quick, full body activation sequence to build heat and work in a great stretch! Open your hips and quadriceps as well as your shoulders and heart. Cultivate energy for your day or blow off steam before bed. Feel free to modify or customize as much as you'd like. (24 mins.)

    Awaken your intuition.

    This class is designed to awaken your intuition and make you feel happy! In this online yoga kundalini set, you will work the pituitary gland, which is the center of intuition. When the pituitary gland secretes, the nectar is said to raise your intuition and open the door to the Infinite. This meditation (Smiling Buddha Kriya) is said to have been practiced by both Jesus and the Buddha, and it is a very ancient mudra of peace. Resonate the four primal sounds Sa Ta Na Ma meaning Infinity, Life, Death, and Rebirth to connect with the whole cycle of life. This meditation is also good for connecting with the positive mind and taking care of depression. (88 mins.)

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    There ya go, yogis. Fresh opportunities to awaken and activate in mind, body, and spirit!

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  • 3 Reasons to Strengthen Your Core

    One of the newest additions to the YogaVibes roster is the fantastic Justin Michael Williams. Meet Justin:

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    Isn't he awesome?!? Yeah, we think so, too.

    In addition to his classes, we'll be periodically sharing blogs from Justin. Here's his first, on core strength:

    Three Reasons to Strengthen Your Core!

    There are so many benefits to strengthening your core that I’ve lost track of them all! Many students ask why we spend so much time building core strength in my yoga classes. This is what I tell them…

    Working your core builds self-confidence. Did you know that core exercises balance your third Chakra? The third Chakra (also known as the “Manipura” chakra) is located near the navel and is your energetic center for power and self-esteem. An imbalance in this area can cause fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, and a depletion of self-image. Balancing your third Chakra will help you stand tall and move through life with grace and confidence.

    Building core strength deepens your practice. A vinyasa flow yoga practice requires a significant level of core awareness. I often witness students who are mentally and energetically ready to attempt advanced asana variations, but their core isn’t prepared to support the challenge. For example, inversions like headstand and handstand require an incredible amount of core strength. Taking a few minutes each day to build core stability will help take your practice to new heights.

    A strong core is anti-aging. Really! Building core-strength supports your spine. When your spine is supported, your entire body is aligned and functioning properly, which delays the aging process. One of my favorite teachers always said, “You’re only as old as your spine is healthy.” Working your core will keep you standing tall, vibrant, and ageless.

    Thanks, Justin!

    Enjoy Justin's core focus in action with his short and sweet 20 minute Ab Kickin' Quick Flow class:

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  • Fresh Vibes: Ab Kickin' Flows, Total Body Balance, and More!

    What’s the latest on YogaVibes?

    Lots of awesome yoga video material to explore. That's what.

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    Receive a Good Ab + Asana Kickin'

    • Urging for flat, strong abs? Enter Justin Williams’ new online yoga class! Strengthen your core with this quick and effective workout designed to target the upper and lower abs as well as your obliques. Core work also balances your 3rd chakra and builds self-confidence! (18 mins.)
    • Join Cristi Christensen for a dynamic slow flow experience that incorporates core activation, wonderful hip and quadricep stretches, and some playful arm balancing. (91 mins.)
    • In Alexandra DeSiato’s 60-minute online mat Pilates class, students can expect a full-body warm-up and then a focus on core, back, hips, glutes, quads and hamstrings. This class will have less upper-body and arm work, so it's an excellent choice for anyone recovering from a shoulder, wrist, or arm injury. Students will finish class with a deeper sense of core engagement and awakened hip and leg muscles. Nice cool down at the end. No props needed. (60 mins.)

    Achieve Total Body Balance

    • In Sage Rountree’s online yoga video – exploring yoga poses for athletes and everyone – you will establish total balance in the body - both in space and front to back, side-to-side, top to bottom - and along the way we cultivate balance between work and rest. Start with a standing warm-up to loosen shoulders and spine; move to slow-paced Sun Salutations with lunges to work the hips; finish with relaxing reclining stretches and twists and a nice long savasana. (71 mins.)

    Grow Intimate with Your Breath

    • Learn to cultivate the proper breathing technique for the practice of asana (poses) in Andres Salcedo’s all levels vinyasa flow. Travel through the principles of breath and movement, and learn how to develop an intimate and sustainable practice. Total bliss and peace guaranteed! Espanol: Una practica para todos los niveles, cultiva la técnica correcta de respiración para la practica de asana (posees). Viaja por los principios de respiración y movimiento. Aprende como desarrollar una practica intima y sostenible. Total felicidad y paz garantizada. (20 mins.)

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