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  • Fresh Vibes: Core Workouts!

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    Yes, core exercises develop strong, sculpted, and swimsuit-catalogue-ready abs.

    We all know this. Some of us want the look. Some of us could freakin’ care less.

    Superficialities aside, all of us should care about cultivating deep core strength. Because it’s not only about appearances.

    Core strength is the key to a happy, stable, and secure body.

    Developing deep core strength allows you to live, breathe, and move more freely and confidently.

    Why?

    Core work is balancing to the third chakra (manipura chakra). Located near the navel, the third chakra is your energetic center for power and self-esteem. Balancing your third chakra will help you stand tall and move through life with greater grace and confidence.

    So, core work isn’t solely focused on the enhancement of the physical body. It’s much, much more. But if enhancement follows...hey, so be it.

    To start the journey to core strength, check out our newly added core-centric online yoga videos:

    • Core Fusion® Barre with Nicole Uribarri Hit the barre for Exhale's signature full body workout designed to give you chiseled abs, toned legs, cut arms, and a high, lifted booty. This ballet inspired, core-centric online yoga video features isolated exercises with focus on alignment, flexibility and posture as you work through targeted mindful muscle movements. Push yourself to the limit - and then find balance - as every hard worked muscle is followed by a deep, relaxing stretch. Open to all levels. (59 mins.)
    • All Abs with Justin Michael Williams Here it is...an online yoga class that's focused entirely on strengthening your core! If this class seems overwhelmingly challenging at first, don’t fret. Commit to practicing it 3x/week and your strength will build! (18 mins.)
    • Core Stability for the Lower Back with Sigrid Matthews Strengthen all the core muscles and the legs to support the lumbar spine. When there is low back discomfort, it often feels as though it needs to be "stretched out." This practice teaches you how to create harmonious strengthened muscles so your low back feels stable, open, and capable. The poses featured in this yoga video are taught progressively to give you options. Do as little or as much as feels right for your body and back. (28 mins.)
    • Core Fusion® Barre with Anna Gagie Here’s Exhale Spa's signature full body, core-centric workout again! All levels are welcome to get in on this core-strengthening, sweat-inducing challenge. (57 mins.)
    • Core Workout with Ted McDonald This is a short, sweet, and hardCORE online yoga sequence. As always, do the best you can. Remember your form is more important than repetitions. You can always add more repetitions, but if your form is incorrect you may injure yourself or strain your back. Have fun, don't take it too seriously, keep a positive state of mind, and eventually the strength will come! (13 mins.)

     

    Enjoy the journey to core strength!

    Image courtesy of www.chiorganicgirls.com

  • Sigrid Matthews on Tapas

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    Tapas: Creating physical heat and enthusiasm to practice and burn out any limitations that are hindering your progress forward.

    Thirty minutes to cleanse your body, mind, and soul!

    So many times we decide not to do something (like practice yoga) because we feel pressed for time. We decide that we'll wait until we have a full 90 minutes to take class and then the days may get away from us and we haven't been on the mat in weeks. One of the most important philosophical ideas in yoga is tapas. Tapas is referenced in Patanjali's yoga sutras as one of the "self" (niyama) actions that we choose to do in our quest for peace and enlightenment. Yoga always asks us to be regular, dedicated, and practicing all forms of yoga (kindness, compassion, nonviolence, service, asana, pranayama, meditation, etc.) on a daily basis.

    Somewhere along the way it was decided that a daily asana practice had to be 90 minutes long. From a fitness standpoint, this simply isn't true. In fact, more and more scientific evidence points to 20 or 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity as the optimal way to enhance strength and endurance. And, the best part, is this is infinitely more achievable. As we get into the groove of a daily practice whether it be 15 minutes or an hour and a half the more we reap the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of this powerful practice.

    Focused Flow Yoga Cardio Boost was specifically designed to multi task so that you could skip your walk, run, or spin and raise your heart rate effectively while practicing asana and building strength. This particular online yoga class does get the large muscles of the legs moving to raise the heart rate (like you would on a bike) so the standing postures become flow postures as well as utilizing sun salutations to rev the entire system and tone the upper body and boost the core.

    The very essence of Cardio Boost, and the underlying theme is tapas and fire. We use kapalabhati (skull shining breath) and the image of fire throughout the practice to tap into the ancient wisdom of yoga. While it is so very important to keep the body fit and strong to take on what we must off of the mat, we always want to honor the focus yoga gives us on the mat to create a balance, serenity, and an attitude of gratitude off of the mat.

    I bow to the light in you. Shanti.

    ~Sigrid

    To practice Sigrid's short, yet thorough online yoga practice, click on the yoga video below!  

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    Image courtesy of www.hothotyoga.net

  • Fresh Vibes: Get in the Mood for Yoga with Jeanne Heileman

    Get the latest vibes!

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    Who?

    Los Angeles based Yoga teacher, Jeanne Heileman. She rocks asana and red boots and we dig it.

    What?

    A quick rundown of this alignment-based Vinyasa yoga slow flow…

    Jeanne's online yoga classes are typically strong, with clear instruction, and set in a playful environment, focused to discover a deeper meaning to one's practice. This online yoga class is no exception. Short and sweet, this online yoga practice will move your body in a gentle, yet energetic way. By the end of this practice, we promise that you’ll have a refreshed perspective on life and that your breathing will feel more expansive and effortless. This will help you to feel better all around. (17 mins.)

    Where?

    This online yoga video was filmed in Gigi Yogini’s “Secret Studio” out in LA, California.

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    When?

    Before a longer practice.

    When you don’t feel like getting on your mat.

    When you don't wanna yoga, but know you should yoga.

    When you’re short on time, but still need to work in some flow.

    When you have no juice left for a crazy, intense practice.

    Why?

    To feel sweet and wonderful, to get in the mood for your personal practice, or to get in a practice when you’re swamped with work and other obligations.

    And finally…how?

    Easy. Click on the yoga video below to get it on with your practice.

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  • Class Review: Master Sadhana Practice with Sri Dharma Mittra

    The deets.

    • Filming Location: Dharma Yoga New York Center, NYC
    • Style: Vinyasa Yoga
    • Intensity: Level 3 = Advanced Yoga Video (highly recommended for regular practitioners and yoga teachers)
    • Focus: Arm Balancing + Inversions Yoga, Backbends, Twists, Crazy Sweaty Flow
    • Average Rating: 5/5

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    Sri Dharma Mittra beautifully striking a Pincha Mayurasana variation.

    On the teacher.

    One word: Legendary.

    Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. In 1975, Dharma Mittra founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City and has since taught hundreds of thousands all over the world. Now, you can practice with this bonafide yoga master, too!

    On the class.

    This online yoga class presents elements of the Dharma III-IV Shiva Namaskara Vinyasa: a challenging, yet graceful and meditative posture series steeped in 50 years of Sri Dharma Mittra's experience of the classical tradition. One of the joys of Master Sadhana is exploring variations of Sri Dharma Mittra's advanced postures you may not encounter anywhere else in the world today, as well as instruction on how to take the steps necessary to acquire these postures. This online yoga video features guided Pranayama (breathing techniques) and Deep Relaxation.

    Expect this online yoga practice to quiet your turbulent mind so as to experience the peace, contentment and realization of the Divinity already present within you. (74 mins.)

    What people are saying.

    • A complete and devotional practice. It has changed my life. From depressed and overweight to blissed and healthily in my body. It all turned around when I started practicing Dharma Yoga. Thank you Sri Dharma Mittra.
    • Thank you very much Sri Dharma Mittra and everybody involved in the realization of being able to take his class online...This will be exactly what will get me back on the track of yoga after being though an operation last year.
    • How wonderful to be able to practice with my teacher's words and Master postures anytime. This practice demonstrates the traditional essence of the yoga practice and success requires demanding reverence to the teacher as it should be. This is true Dharma and I am grateful.
    • beautiful class... I couldn't do a lot of the poses like scorpion or headstand, but I found the class inspiring and moving. I feel amazing.
    • Excellent class for those seeking a traditional eastern style of yoga with a bit more oomph than your usual American yoga class. As a Dharma student in NY, the class was very true to his regular teachings. Loved it!

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    For more inspiring practices with Sri Dharma Mittra, check out his ever-growing collection of online yoga videos.

  • Show Off Your Guns: Yoga for Strong Arms

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    Want stronger, shapelier arms?

    One word: Yoga.

    A regular yoga practice is one of the best ways to build-up upper body strength, endurance, and awareness.

    Sure, yoga won’t have your biceps bulging through your t-shirt. If you want that bulky look, go grab some dumbbells or play with some heavy machinery.

    Yoga will, however, have your biceps, triceps, and shoulders looking stronger, more sculpted, and beautifully defined. You’ll undoubtedly be "gun show" ready.

    And while it’s cool to show off your newly yog-acquired guns, don’t be full of vainglory. It’s not just about appearances here. Strong arms are good for more than just gun shows. Cultivating upper body strength will allow your life and practice to roll with greater ease. You'll be able to lift and carry things like groceries, big boxes, or your own body weight like it ain’t no thing.

    So, let the arm-strengthening quest begin! For more powerful biceps, triceps, and shoulders, tune into Gwen Lawrence's newest online yoga class: The Right to Bare Arms.

    The yoga poses featured in this arm-centric online yoga video will put you on the path toward greater strength and endurance. The strong-arm tactics introduced will engage every part of your upper body and will also be extremely useful for toning up your core (an added bonus!). With regular practice of this Vinyasa yoga video, expect to confidentiality bare your arms and display new-found tone. (59 mins.)

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    Have fun busting out this challenging online yoga flow!

     Image courtesy of www.myyogicjourney.com 

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