yoga demos

  • 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: Tadasana with Sage Rountree

    “Tadasana is the first position. If you know how to do Tadasana, you know how to do every posture that follows.” ~Claire Dederer

    This week’s Strike A Pose yoga video is brought to you by Sage Rountree, filming in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, North Carolina at the Carrboro Yoga Studio. In this free online yoga video, Sage will demo Tadasana, also called Samasthiti.

    Tadasana

    Tadasana or Mountain Pose is a core posture of the practice. It's a posture of stability and evenness. Every other pose in yoga is built upon this foundational asana.

    In this yoga video, you will build proper alignment and stability in Tadasana from the ground up. After you learn all of the key elements of this pose, you will be more equipped to tackle other asana.

    Tadasana

    Every other pose in yoga is simply a variation of Tadasana, by either bending various things or changing its relationship to gravity. For example, Handstand is essentially Tadasana flipped upside down. Tadasana is not only a base for asana, but many athletic positions as well. This makes Tadasana an extremely essential, beneficial pose. It may look like just standing, but I assure you, it’s not. This pose is deceptively active and far more involved than you might initially think.

    Learn it well, yogis. And in all of your poses, "Think Tadasana," as one of my fellow yogis loves to say.

    Want more strike-a-pose fun? Check out Sage's additional free online yoga videos, especially beneficial for athletes and yoga newbies.

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