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  • The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Flow

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    Ah, spring!

    Tomorrow you arrive, bringing with you more sunshine, warmth, and renewal - all reasons to celebrate!

    Springtime's the prime time to cleanse your body with detoxifying yoga. As Mother Nature’s New Year, ‘tis the season to get rid of any old stuff hanging around to make space for greater health and happiness.

    To shed that heavy winter coat, it's important to get into a rhythm and routine that gradually helps you to lighten up physically, mentally, and emotionally. The best yoga routine includes lots of twisting, pranayama (breathing practices), Sun Salutations, strong standing poses, and backbends, all of which pump prana (vital energy) throughout your system and turn up tapas (inner heat).

    Lucky for you, we feature many routines fitting for spring. To shift into the season smoothly, we especially recommend Kiyomi Takahashi’s freshly added yoga video: Detox and Cleanse for Clarity.

    This online yoga class is specifically designed to cleanse your system and clear out mental cobwebs. Featuring lots of twisting poses and breath work, this Vinyasa flow will help you let go of the old to create space in the body to receive new energy. This practice will also aid your digestion and elimination by wringing out acid, toxins, and mucus that build up in our digestive systems. Walk away from this online yoga experience feeling light, cleansed, refreshed, and clear-headed. Chances are you'll want to make this online yoga video an integral component of your spring cleaning strategy. (48 mins.)

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    For more detoxifying delights, head over to our virtual yoga studio. We’ve plenty of online yoga classes to choose from to get in a good spring detox!

    Image courtesy of www.allisonzimmermanyoga.wordpress.com

  • Natarajasana: Feel the Dance!

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    Work toward one of the most celebrated backbends in yoga: Natarajasana (nat = dance, raja = lord or king), also called Dancer's Pose, Lord of the Dance Pose, Dancing Shiva Pose, and King Dancer’s Pose.

    Given its many names, it must be pretty significant, right?

    Well, yeah. It is.

    Nataraja is Shiva as the Lord of Dance and symbolizes the cosmic dance of creation, preservation, and dissolution. Heavy stuff, I know. Cultivating this dynamic pose allows you to experience stillness within movement, and feel the dance contained within stillness.

    By opening up the front body and simultaneously strengthening the standing leg and engaging the lower abdominals, this standing backbend:

    • Builds focus and confidence
    • Opens up the shoulders and chest
    • Stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen
    • Strengthens the legs and ankles
    • Enhances balance

    To experience the benefits, check out these online yoga videos all specifically choreographed with shoulder and heart openers to prep for this kingly pose.

    • Natarajasana: King Dancer's Pose Flow with Joan Hyman Joan will break it down, teaching component parts like opening the shoulder girdle and the hip flexors, along with teaching how to engage the pelvic floor. This is an energizing online yoga practice, including handstand variations and twists that leave you feeling grounded and open at the same time! Begin on two blocks opening the thoracic spine with breath awareness. Enjoy the flow and find your dance within! (62 mins.)
    • Dancing Shiva Flow with Ashley Turner Strengthen by softening in this online yoga class. Travel through a dynamic standing/balancing sequence and dive into the myth of Natarajasana. Learn how to dance through "the rings of fire" in life in this dynamic, Level 3 online yoga video. (92 mins.)
    • Hip and Shoulder Opening to Natarajasana: SmartFLOW with Annie Carpenter This steady and focused alignment-based yoga video features postures to open the shoulders and front hips in preparation for the dance. (88 mins.)

    Like anything else, Natarajasana takes practice, especially for the less bendy of yogis.

    Enjoy the journey, don’t freak out over falling, and trust that with practice all is coming, including strength and poise.

    Natarajasana by Joe Longo Photography via www.noelleconnolly.com 

  • How to Build a Safe L Pose by Sigrid Matthews

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    Alignment, alignment, alignment!

    Sometimes, don’t you just wish your teacher would shut up and let you go with the flow, literally? There is nothing like moving on the breath, flowing gracefully from one pose to the next, not staying too long anywhere - almost like dancing to great rock and roll in your bedroom.

    Yes, I’ve been there too and taught many a fun, sweaty, flow yoga class where everyone was grooving to tunes and meditating on their higher self. There is nothing wrong with this, but over the years of repetition and moving your body around unconsciously, you are at a higher risk for injuries, particularly in the shoulders.

    One of the most common complaints and recurring site of injuries in yoga these days is the tearing of the rotator cuff. It’s giving yoga a bad reputation and some are going so far as to say that yoga can wreck your body! Luckily, many of us know how many stories of healing the body are attributed to yoga. However you may want to consider fine tuning your practice to lessen the risk of injury in yoga poses like chaturanga dandasana, plank, vashistasana, handstand, and even, upward facing dog.

    L pose is a fantastic way to get the strengthening benefits of the above poses with a lot less risk.

    One of the main reasons people get hurt flowing from chaturanga to cobra or up dog is that they allow the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) to protract or “drop” forward in the shoulder socket. This protraction can also be accompanied with scapular protraction, but many students simply “pull” their shoulder blades back (retraction) without addressing the real issue of the forward upper arm bone. In fact, the shoulder blades can be somewhat neutral in plank. When you cleanly bend your arms, stopping just before the chest is lower than the elbows and keeping the front of the chest open, the shoulder blades will move towards one another as much as needed (you don’t need to do more). Keep the front of the shoulders open as you transition into upward facing dog.

    Okay, so problem solved. Well, as people do cycle after cycle of vinyasa they tend to get tired and sloppy and that’s when you see the pose beginning to break down. Rather than doing 100s of chaturangas to develop strength and tone, challenge yourself by working L pose for up to a minute at a time.

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    To start working your L pose, tune into Sigrid's Focused Flow yoga video. Build confidence and self-esteem and receive all of the benefits of a full handstand as you practice this safe inversion utilizing the wall. This online yoga class is taught progressively for safety with all of the prep poses creating spinal alignment, posture, and deep core integrity. (15 mins.)

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  • Class Review: Core Fusion® Cardio Express with Tammy Rowe

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    The deets.

    • Style: Core Fusion® Yoga
    • Intensity: Level 2 = All Levels Online Yoga Video
    • Focus: Core-intense + Sweat-inducing
    • Average Rating: 4/5 

     

    On the teacher.

    Tammy Rowe joined the exhale family in 2006 after dancing professionally with the Chicago Bulls, Royal Caribbean, and numerous productions in New York City and Europe. She brings her dance background, expertise in movement, and inspiring energy to each online yoga class. Tammy is a National Teacher Trainer for exhale and can be seen on the Core Fusion® Power Sculpt and Pure Intensity DVDs.

    On the class.

    SWEAT IT OUT in this barre-less, fat-blasting cardio class, designed to sculpt and tone your entire body in only 45 minutes! Consisting of weights, mountain climbers, karate kicks, speed skaters, flowing yoga poses, and an ab sculpting series, this high-intensity class (followed by a calming cool finish...whew) will leave you feeling energized and strong. Kick your heart rate into high gear in this non-stop, endorphin-filled all levels yoga video.

    What people are saying.

    • Great class, working entire body. Sometimes a little hard to see the moves. Overall will come back to workout.
    • I was surprisingly impressed. Challenging without being manic given the shorter duration. This will be a go-to class for sure.
    • Great class, I felt energized after a long work day.
    • Awesome, quick workout. Keeps your heart rate up and makes you sweat.

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    For more of Tammy Rowe’s wildly popular Core Fusion® yoga videos, hit up our ever-expanding online yoga studio. New Core Fusion® additions on the horizon!

  • Class Review: Power Yoga for Sports (Runners Edition) with Gwen Lawrence

    The deets.

    • Style: Power Yoga for Sports (Vinyasa)
    • Intensity: Level 1 = All Levels Online Yoga Video
    • Focus: Athletes, Runners, Beginners, Hip Openers, Yoga for Men
    • Average Rating: 5/5

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    On the teacher.

    Gwen's unique combination of dance, massage and yoga training experience, coupled with her extensive knowledge of anatomy and nutrition, offers students overwhelming benefits. Gwen is the yoga instructor for 5 Pro teams in New York, including the New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Red Bulls, and the New York Rangers, in addition to major college teams such as Yale and UNC. She is well-known for her sports-specific Power Yoga for Sports flows (many of which are featured in our online yoga collection!) and training programs.

    On the class.

    This online yoga class is the perfect complement for all runners, from the avid runner to the weekend warrior. Running can create a very tight lower half and can take its toll on the body. This yoga video features deep stretches and long holds, so you can really dig in, dissolve tension and tightness, and get faster results. You will learn to notice imbalances, so you can address them before they lead to injury. (28 mins.)

    What people are saying.

    • "My legs are always more relaxed after this class, thanks!"
    • "Great practice. Excellent stretch for very tight lower body. Gwen has a great voice…" 

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    For more sports-specific flows with Gwen, check out her ever-growing collection of online yoga classes.

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