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  • Strike A Pose: Warrior I with Weights

    Virabhadrasana I

    This week’s strike-a-pose yoga video is brought to you by Danielle Diamond, founder of Xen Strength Yoga with Weights. In this free online yoga video, you will first explore a traditional Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I) pose to learn the general alignment. After your Warrior I is aligned and solid, you’ll approach a more innovative way to practice this asana by adding in light hand weights.

    As you practice this Warrior I exercise with weights, you’ll receive all of the benefits of your classic Warrior I pose including:

    • Stronger shoulders, arms, legs, and ankles

    • A stronger core and back

    • Greater openness in the hips, chest, and lungs

    • Enhanced focus, balance, and stability

    • Increased circulation and respiration

    • A lovely stretch in the arms, legs, shoulders, neck, belly, groins (psoas), and ankles

    • Boosted energy throughout the entire body

    When you amp it up with weights, you’ll receive all of that goodness, plus extra benefits, including greater strength in the core and upper body. Amp up your Warrior I to mix things up, challenge yourself, and boost your strength.

    Go at it, warriors!

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    Dig this online yoga video with Danielle Diamond? Check out more of her free yoga videos and full-length Xen Strength yoga classes online at YogaVibes.com.

    Photo Credit: Warrior I www.ahimsatribe.com

     

  • Yoga for Cardio

    yoga for cardio

    Cardio conditioning has countless benefits. It increases metabolism, improves heart health, detoxifies the body, and leads to greater sustenance in your yoga practice.

    Boost your cardiovascular system with a dose of yoga online!  Here are 3 online yoga videos specifically designed to get your heart rate elevated.

    1. Cardio Quick Flow  with Justin Michael Williams This online yoga class takes the pain out of cardio and brings it to a place you love (or will come to love) - your yoga mat. Be guided through a simple building-block sequence to increase your heart rate and build up your cardiovascular strength. Be ready to sweat and move! (28 mins.)
    2. Cardio Flow with Psalm Isadora Break down the components of the Vinyasa flow, then put them back together. Drilling the vinyasa components creates strength and confidence in your alignment as you build the pace and flow. You will work the core, creating stability and grounding in the vinyasa and preventing typical injuries that can come from weakness and poor habits in this key portion of yoga practice. You will also benefit from greater strength in the arms and legs while warming up the hips and spine. This yoga video is short, sweet, sweaty and to the point! (47 mins.)
    3. Xen Strength Cardio Challenge with Danielle Diamond In this online yoga with weights class with Danielle Diamond, you will be encouraged to work toward your edge and challenge yourself, while still honoring precise alignment and your current skill level. Danielle incorporates light weights into a playful Vinyasa flow and in this online yoga class, you will experience a cardio challenge to sculpt, lengthen, and work every muscle group while burning lots of calories! Have a pair of light weights (3-5 pounds) available. (41 mins.)

     

    Get movin’, yogis!

     Image Credit: Warrior II via www.empressmovements.com

  • Strike A Pose: Warrior II with Weights

    virabhadrasana II

    This week’s strike-a-pose yoga video is brought to you by Danielle Diamond, founder of Xen Strength Yoga with Weights. In this free online yoga video, you will first explore a traditional Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) pose to learn the correct alignment. After your Warrior II is aligned and solid, you’ll approach a more innovative way to practice this asana...

    Meet Warrior II pose with weights.

    Ugh, I know...as if Warrior II weren’t hard enough, right? Well, because we never want to see you bored or slacking, we like to offer you unique ways to up the ante.

    As you practice this Warrior II exercise with weights, you’ll receive all of the benefits of your standard Warrior II including:

    • Enhanced concentration
    • Better balance and stability
    • Increased circulation
    • More openness in the hips, groins and shoulders
    • Stronger legs, ankles and feet
    • Expansion in the chest and lungs
    • Boosted energy (This pose is great to counter sluggishness!)
    • Abdominal organ stimulation (Lots of core engagement going on here!)

    When you add in weights, you’ll receive all of that goodness, plus build muscle in the upper body to get stronger and more sculpted. That’s a lot of awesomeness coming out of one pose.

    Okay, yogis. There’s your cue to bring out a pair of light hand weights and take a shot at this strengthening online yoga exercise.

    yoga with weights

    Dig this online yoga video with Danielle Diamond? Check out more of her free yoga videos and full-length Xen Strength yoga classes online at YogaVibes.com. 

    Photo Credit: Warrior II via www.beyoutifulliving.com

  • Strike A Pose: A Quick Warm Up Sequence

    warm up

    This week’s free online yoga video is brought to you by Danielle Diamond, founder of Xen Strength Yoga. In this short online yoga practice, Danielle will teach you some simple yoga exercises to get you warm and ready for your practice at home or on-the-go.

    All of the movements instructed in this video are intended to warm up the spine, engage the core, and create more space in the body. Begin rippling through some cat/cow exercises (some personal favs), followed by another exercise designed to set your abdominal muscles on fire (in a love/hate sorta way).

    It's important to wake up the core and align the spine before you get your flow on. It prepares you for the practice by centering your body and mind and it creates more fluidity in your body before you dive into a full Vinyasa flow.

    It should be noted that the exercises shared in this online yoga video are awesome to explore even if you don’t intend to rock a full practice. This warm up is versatile and can be applied to other physical and/or non-yogic endeavors. Rock these exercises pre-gym sesh, pre-run, pre-climb, etc. Rock out this sequence in the morning to ignite your day. Also, turn to this sequence anytime you need to break for some mental and physical equalizing.

    You can bring these exercises with you wherever you go and practice them whatever the circumstance. Airport. Home. Hiking trail. Yoga studio. No matter. Use these movements to feel fired up and set to tackle whatever is coming up next.

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     Dig this yoga video with Danielle Diamond? Check out her growing collection of free yoga videos and full on flows at www.YogaVibes.com.

    Image Credit: Downward Dog via www.casinonelson.tumblr.com

  • Strike A Pose: Twists to Detox with Xen Strength Yoga

    Seasonal shifts are always awesome opportunities to detox. The coming season of Fall is a new beginning and a welcome break from the heat and heightened action of summer. If your summer was especially fiery with travel, family festivities, booze, socials, beach and BBQ bashes, and so on, you probably feel physically worn out, mentally heavy, and in need of some post-summer renewal.

    To feel Fall in all of its crisp glory, hit your mat to wring out the undesirable pollutants of summer. One sure way to release any unwanted baggage is to twist it out.

    chair pose twist A beautiful twist via www.yoganerdmd.tumblr.com...

    Twists are incredibly heating and detoxifying to the body. The action of twisting compresses the organs, which then flushes out blood filled with toxins. Twisting also enhances circulation, stimulates digestion, lengthens and strengthens the spine, strengthens the abdominal muscles, maintains flexibility in the vertebral discs and ligaments, and promotes mental clarity.

    This week’s Strike-A-Pose yoga video is brought to you by Danielle Diamond, creator of Xen Strength Yoga. In this free yoga video, you will detox from the inside out. Practice three twisting poses - the Heisman Twist and lunge twist variations - which will not only cleanse the organs, but will also strengthen the core. Feel free to practice these poses organically or mix in some light hand weights to increase the intensity and to get a dose of the Xen Strength Yoga style.

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    If you dig this online yoga demo with Danielle, you’ll definitely want to check out her growing collection of online yoga classes and free yoga videos.

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