vinyasa yoga videos

  • Fresh Vibes: Arm Balancing Prep, Wrist Therapy, and More!

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    Nail an arm balance.

    Are you fairly new to arm balances? Join Kiyomi for an online yoga class incorporating various core and upper body strengthening and stabilizing poses, combined with hip opening and twisting poses to set you up perfectly for arm balances such as crow pose (bakasana) and eka pada koundinyasana I and II. Enjoy the process to build your strength and confidence as you move through the less intimidating and slightly easier ways to get into these seemingly challenging poses. Be playful and open-minded as you build the mental stamina and strength as well as physical endurance and stability to have the capacity to welcome challenges in your life with grace and ease. (52 mins.)

    Wrist restoration.

    Take time to focus on the smaller parts of your body - your wrists, hands, forearms and elbows - in this online yoga class with Ashley Turner. Taking care of your peripheral parts and all the nerve endings that lie there, which have a direct effect on you inner organs and other systems of you body. These parts tend to hold a lot of tension due to all of our computer work, texting, and even all of those chaturangas, and they could use some extra attention to help you relax and de-stress. This is a great way to prep your wrists and hands for a forearm balance (pincha mayurasana). (13 mins.)

    Discover the components of Vinyasa. 

    Breath and extension are two of the keys to having a Vinyasa yoga practice. This instructional yoga video with Sean Gray breaks down what vinyasa means, how to use it in your yoga practice, and some of the benefits of practicing this way. By connecting the breath with the movement of the body, you can watch your entire practice expand right in front of your eyes. (19 mins.)

    Hit those 3rd Trimester hot spots.  

    This 15 minute online prenatal yoga class with Olynda Smith is done all standing and at the wall. Hit some of the target areas for this time: the hamstrings, calves, lower back and shoulders. Also, do a few squats at the wall to build up strength. All these poses are great to learn so you can do them on your own whenever you like. Throughout the class you'll focus on getting to know and use the breath effectively. (16 mins.)

    Stretchy, stretchy.

    Enjoy 60 minutes of stretching, flowing, and centering in this challenging online vinyasa yoga class with Goldie Oren! In this well-sequenced practice, you will use every inch of your space, including turning to face the back of the mat, flipping the dog, and the opportunity to deepen your poses when you repeat the entire sequence. There will be many opportunities to open the hamstrings and hips in poses, including Warrior 2, extended side angle, and several pyramid poses (parsvottanasana). The class includes shoulder openers like binding in cow face (gomukasana) arms, wrapping in eagle (garudasana) arms, dolphin pose, and the backbend bow pose. During the last dolphin, you will also have the opportunity to practice headstand, or prep for headstand, by lifting one leg, then the other, to build strength. End the flow by melting into a long pigeon pose before letting go completely into savasana. (62 mins.)

    Lots to love, yogis. Enjoy!

     

  • Go with the Flow

    “If you just go with the flow, no matter what weird things happen along the way, you always end up exactly where you belong.” ~Tom Upton

    The mat is an excellent realm to practice the art of going with the flow.

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    When I first started practicing yoga, I hit the mat with great expectations. And sure, sometimes I still do. In the beginning, I always had an idea of how I wanted my practice to flow. When it didn’t flow just right, I freaked out big time. Fortunately, the freak-outs manifested internally so I spared fellow yogis my mat moods and madness.

    But what exactly was I getting so worked up about?

    Oh...stupid stuff. Maybe there was a sub that day and the style was totally different. Maybe the music was too loud, or too soft, or too emo, or too distracting. Maybe my body resisted certain poses that it regularly performed fluidly. Maybe the energy in the room was off. It doesn’t really matter what it was. The point is, I let myself get completely wrapped up in discontent due to things - things beyond my control - panning out in unanticipated ways.

    The same phenomenon goes down off the mat.

    For example, when I hit up a local coffee shop in the morning to do my work, I often have great expectations. And sometimes, I freak out when my morning expectations aren’t met. Maybe someone else landed that comfy, secluded chair in the corner – my chair. Maybe there is a loud, impatient man yelling at some woman on the phone over his unpaid ticket fines. Maybe the line to a much-needed coffee refill is painfully long.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve allowed external distractions to totally get to me. I'm sure you have, too. I've blamed people and things because I’m human and that classic blame game is easy to play. I'm sure you've played it, too. Truth is, I know it’s not those people or those things. It’s me.

    Yoga has been my teacher in that way, constantly reminding me that it’s me. It’s not them. It’s not those things. It’s irrefutably me. I'm the source of my own dissatisfaction when I refuse to relax, be cool, and go with the flow.

    When you resist the flow, you’re bound to be disappointed, distraught, annoyed…whatever it is. That’s because you don’t belong outside the flow. Outside the flow, you become this crazy person attempting to control everything. And try, try as you might, you won’t get anywhere. You’ll just be on the outside with a headache and an accelerated heart rate wondering why the heck your life is so crappy, inconsistent, and confusing.

    So, get back inside. Go with the flow. Weird stuff will happen. But so what? Learn something. Laugh at something. Laugh at yourself. And relax. You’re right where you belong.

    To practice shedding your expectations in the yoga-sphere, I recommend you try mixing up your home practice with Michelle Johnson's newest online Vinyasa yoga class: Going with the Flow. Begin with some grounding exercises. Move through the Sun Salutations and lunges. Work into standing split variations and, then, headstand prep and headstand. End with a few blissful heart openers and hip openers. (60 mins.)

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  • Seeds of Intent: Live Creatively

    What exactly does it mean to live creatively? 

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    Does it mean you take it into the woods Thoreau-style? Does it mean you take your self and practice to an ashram? Do you go off the grid? Do you quit your job to put your all into a business idea? Do you write a book? Do you travel? What do you do?

    Well, it could mean one of those things or a combo of those things or something entirely different. The thing is, you only know what it means for you to live creatively. I can't quite tell you what it means. No one can.

    To find that creative place, you gotta be brave and follow your gut. In yoga, we say that you gotta follow your intuition.

    But it could be that you don't really have a gut response going on at the moment. It could be that your intuitive body needs some fine-tuning - a little TLC if you will. If you haven't built up this intuitive body, journeying to that creative place won't flow so naturally. In fact, it won't really flow at all. That's where yoga comes in.

    To build intuition and fine-tune your internal compass, practice this creative, expansive Vinyasa flow with Ashley Turner to stretch your awareness and interior spaces to realize your fullest potential. In this online yoga class, focus on widening the physical and pranic body in every direction to take up more space and strengthen your aura. Also, explore the mantra "I AMPLIFY IN STILLNESS." (64 mins.)

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    Living creatively isn't cake wake. Only hard work will take you into the wilderness of your intuition. Once you get there, however, you won't be disappointed.

  • YogaVibes Partners with Sean Gray

    Maybe you've already noticed. If not, I'm here to happily deliver the memo. YogaVibes has recently introduced a new yoga teacher into its ever-growing crew: Sean Gray.

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    Sean, a Vinyasa yoga teacher based in Santa Monica, California, holds a space where students can courageously journey through the practice, deeply connecting with the breath each pose along the way. His online yoga classes safely challenge students in every aspect of the practice - physically, energetically, mentally, and emotionally. By maximizing time, staying focused and present on each breath, Sean inspires breakthroughs in the practice and delivers lasting results. He teaches his students to accept limitations, move beyond them, and perceive challenges as life lessons rather than setbacks.

    Why YogaVibes?

    “I decided to team up with YogaVibes to shoot some online yoga classes because I believe there is a sea of potential yogis out there that are just waiting for the right teacher for them to come along,” says Sean. “I've always been grateful for all the amazing teachers that are in my area, how I get to choose from the greats who I'm going to practice with on a daily basis, and now with online classes the rest of the world can do the same. And YogaVibes has classes from some of my absolute favorites. I believe online yoga will be the introduction for many who wouldn't normally take the first step onto their yoga mats in a classroom for whatever reason, making yoga much more accessible for a lot of people by being able to go at their own pace in the their own spaces. YogaVibes not only offers classes from some of the best, it also offers the best teachers from many different systems of yoga. I'm honored to be a part of the team!”

    To get a feel for Sean’s teaching style, check out one of his popular yoga videos on YogaVibes: Get Up & Go!

    This online Vinyasa yoga class allows students to receive a full practice amidst a busy day. It is designed to promote an opening of some major areas of the body – the spine, hips, and shoulders. Expect to sweat, activate the core, restore balance, get the heart pumping, focus the mind, and build lots of energy through deep, concentrated breathing. (45 mins.)

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    Don't miss out on Sean's growing collection of strong, full-length Vinyasa yoga classes!

    More about Sean Gray...

    Sean Gray's practice is focused on the expansion of all aspects of the self. By allowing the breath to bring awareness into the body and into the practice - within the movement, within the breath, within the stillness - the practice begins to reflect personal challenges to help promote development and healing. It may be an uncomfortable ride from time to time, but there is no growth in comfort, and Sean doesn't step onto his mat to be comfortable. To learn more about Sean, visit his website: www.seangrayyoga.com.

  • Class Review: Morning "Quickie" SmartFLOW with Annie Carpenter

    The deets.

    Filming Location: Exhale Spa in Los Angeles, California

    Style: Vinyasa Flow

    Length: 29 minutes

    Intensity: Level 2 = Moderate Intensity

    Focus: Alignment-Based Flow

    Props: 1 Block + 1 Blanket Recommended

    Average Rating: 5/5

    On the teacher.

    Annie Carpenter reflects her love of movement and rigorous discipline in her intelligently sequenced SmartFLOW Vinyasa yoga classes. With her great passion for creativity and metaphor, Annie loves to play with sequencing in order to take her students into a deeper understanding of a pose, and of themselves.

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    On the class.

    • Rise and flow. Short and sweet, this is the perfect morning practice.
    • Alignment-focused. Annie’s online yoga classes are safe and provide "points of dharana" or gateways to inner stillness and meditation.
    • Strike a balance. Find harmony between awakening energies and softening or quieting energies.
    • Ease in. Build the intensity slowly. Begin by observing the breath, followed by a seated warm-up and pranayama. From here, move into a challenging series of standing balances.
    • Give in to gravity. End with a reclining hip stretch, twists, and finally savasana.

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    What people are saying.

    "This was a great class! Thanks" ~John M

    "Thank you Annie!!! I've been waiting for this shorter class. It's wonderful!! It's so easy to fit this into my morning schedule. Love it!!" ~Lilla R

    From Annie’s website: Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie believes that Yoga practice is a remarkable method for learning to steady the attention on what is actually happening in the moment. From this place, compassion and radical acceptance naturally evolve. Old mindsets of the illusion of separation, of me and them, and self and other, dissolve into the knowledge of wholeness.

    Find more online yoga classes with Annie Carpenter HERE.

    Get more on Annie Carpenter at www.anniecarpenter.com.

     

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