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  • 5 Creative Exercises to Sculpt Your Core

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    Bored with your current core routine? Bummed on your results?

    Freshen up your ab-strengthening program and realize the results you desire with these 5 creative core exercises developed by Danielle Diamond, founder of Xen Strength Yoga. These unique movements will challenge your abs from all directions without a sit up - or anything that remotely resembles a sit up - in sight. So, say goodbye to old school sit ups and turn to yoga to effectively boost your core strength.

    These core exercises - based on foundational yoga postures - will help you to cultivate a strong, solid core without ever having to lie on your back. Two of the exercises in this free online yoga video will utilize weights, but don't worry, because these exercises can be done with or without the weights. Even without, you will most definitely feel the burn!

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    So, what are you waiting for?

    Go ahead and break free from the comfort of your typical core routine. Step things up. Boost your results.

    Dig this online yoga video? Find these exercises and more in our online yoga with weights classes on YogaVibes with Danielle Diamond.

    Photo Credit: Navasana (Boat Pose) via www.damngoodyoga.com

     

  • Strike A Pose: Warrior I with Weights

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    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

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    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

  • Special Xen Strength Yoga Retreat Discount

    Thinking about your next vacation?

    Here’s an idea:

    Treat yourself to an idyllic, invigorating retreat in Italy hosted by one of our lovely online yoga teachers.

    I know you’re thinking: "Tell me more..."

    Taking place next September, you have plenty of time to do your research, planning and prepping for this blissful escape.

    And because we love you…

    With mention of YogaVibes, you’ll receive a $100 retreat discount.

     

    The Retreat Deets:

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    Join YogaVibes Teacher, Danielle Diamond, for an unforgettable retreat in Italy. For the week of September 27th, 2014 you'll practice dynamic yoga classes, two times a day, in a glass box overlooking the olive groves of Umbria. You'll be a guest at the Locanda del Gallo, a 12th Century restored stone home, where you'll deepen your yoga practice and revitalize your spirit. Enjoy swimming in the infinity pool, relaxing in the hot tub or new steam room, and enjoy 3 delicious healthy organic meals a day, with vegetables straight from the gardens. Participate in day trips to nearby towns, cooking classes, and a trip to the Prada outlet if you're a shoe lover! Check out this slideshow highlighting the trip, http://www.monikabroz.com/slideshows2011/ITALYYOGA2011/, and go to http://xenstrength.com/retreats/ for more information.

    To get a taste for what it would be like to practice with this inspiring teacher, check out Danielle’s yoga classes online. She’s contributed an amazing, ever-growing collection of free online yoga videos demoing various poses and sequences, as well as full-length Xen Strength Yoga videos (yoga with weights) designed to boost your overall strength and awareness.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to practice with a kick a** yogi in a kick a** location!

     

  • Strike A Pose: Warrior II with Weights

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    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.

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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 II via www.beyoutifulliving.com

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