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Backbending and Twisting Practice for an Open Heart

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Naljor: Backbending and Twisting Practice for an Open Heart

Episode 2
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This hatha practice with David Magone focuses on opening up to acceptance, empathy, and limitless compassion. A slow, floor-based class that incorporates back-bending and twisting poses encourages heart opening as well as liberation for the hip flexors, chest, and spine. David begins with pranayama and ends with a 10-minute guided meditation on compassion.

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Episodes

Yoga for Hips and a Happy Heart Video
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Episode 1 Yoga for Hips and a Happy Heart
Yoga for Hips and a Happy Heart (June 2016)
Episode 1
, 48 minutes
This hatha practice with David Magone is a gentle, seated practice with an emphasis on longer holds, deep hip opening and the cultivation of self-love and acceptance.
Available worldwide
Backbending and Twisting Practice for an Open Heart Video
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Episode 2 Backbending and Twisting Practice for an Open Heart
Backbending and Twisting Practice for an Open Heart (June 2016)
Episode 2
, 43 minutes
This hatha practice with David Magone focuses on opening up to acceptance, empathy, and limitless compassion.
Available worldwide
A Mindful Meditation and Full Body Practice Video
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Episode 3 A Mindful Meditation and Full Body Practice
A Mindful Meditation and Full Body Practice (June 2016)
Episode 3
, 41 minutes
This full body practice with David Magone includes pranayama practices for emotional clarity, strength-building standing poses and a series of floor-based stretches for hip and back mobility.
Available worldwide
Yoga and Meditation for Wisdom and Understanding Video
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Episode 4 Yoga and Meditation for Wisdom and Understanding
Yoga and Meditation for Wisdom and Understanding (June 2016)
Episode 4
, 33 minutes
Join David Magone and go beyond yourself to tap into the spirit of interconnectedness with a short pranayama practice, 10 minutes of gentle floor based stretching, and a 15 minute meditation practice on “Tong Len” (giving and ...
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darci611, posted on September 26, 2016

After a long week working at the hospital this is once againg just what I needed. Thank you.

taovag, posted on September 18, 2016

I really like the pace and emphasis on presence and compassion. Really therapeutic in more than one way. Thanks David.

pranavayu, posted on September 19, 2016

Thank you!

sophia11, posted on August 30, 2016

Awesome practice! Felt renewed after this. Thank you!

pranavayu, posted on September 19, 2016

Thank you Sophia!

osahutch, posted on August 28, 2016

Thank you David. Exactly what I needed after an intense summer. A wonderful gentle heart-opening practice!

pranavayu, posted on September 19, 2016

Welcome back to the mat Meg! Looking forward to seeing you at the center.

resibis, posted on July 18, 2016

I like so much your lessons, but of late the audio wouldn't work. It's not my PC, I can hear perfectly well other videos. Your first one worked like a charms. Can anybody help me with this problem? I'd really like to go on practicing with this wonderful series.

pranavayu, posted on July 25, 2016

Thank you for reaching out! I'm so glad that you've been enjoying the series. :-)

KristenL@Gaia, posted on July 18, 2016

Hi RESIBIS,

Thank you for your support! We're sorry that the audio isn't working for you. One of our community relations team members will reach out to you directly to help make sure you can watch :)

KristenL@Gaia

sabineschulte, posted on July 17, 2016

Thank you David! Once again it was a blessing to practice with you! After the meditation I actually stayed in this wonderful, love filled and peaceful state for quite a while. I wished it would never ended.;-) .....and I will try to remind myself during this day to get back to this state as often as possible! Namaste!

pranavayu, posted on July 25, 2016

I love it Sabine! Remembering to reenter that space on a daily basis is the heart of yoga. :-) I'm so glad that this practice gave you another way to make contact.

dc1776, posted on July 9, 2016

Awesome! I feel very much at peace now. Thank you so very much!

pranavayu, posted on July 12, 2016

I'm happy to hear that! Thanks so much for taking the time to write.

strauss5marija, posted on June 28, 2016

Thank you David for this practise,and series.Finding myself in a very dificult life period Im trying to survive, to get better.This help me working with you and hatha yoga with slower pace, its very good hope you will have more hatha yoga like those videos Namaste,thank you.

pranavayu, posted on June 28, 2016

Hi Maria,

I'm so sorry to hear that you're going through a rough patch. I'm glad that your practice has brought you some peace in challenging times!

I recently filmed a number of new videos, and the majority of them are Hatha practices. In the meantime, I'd also suggest that you check out some of the videos by Kreg Weiss. He's got some great Hatha Yoga practices on the site as well.

Wishing you lots of love and healing.

frenchk, posted on June 27, 2016

What a beautiful practice. The timing and the flow were just perfect. Thank you so much.

NicoleUrdang, posted on June 21, 2016

Thank you, David. This is such a calming series. I love how you combine yogic philosophy, pranayama, and asana.

Have you ever done virtual alternate nostril breathing?
Here's a description if anyone else is interested.

VIRTUAL ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING:

This is very relaxing as it wonderfully focuses the mind relieving it of most distractions, and engages the parasympathetic nervous system.

Take a deep, slow breath through both nostrils and exhale.
Now, without touching your nose, focus on inhaling through the left nostril and counting ONE
Exhale though the right and count ONE
Inhale through the right, TWO
Exhale through the left, TWO
Inhale through the left, THREE
Exhale through the right, THREE
Inhale through the right, FOUR
Exhale through the left, FOUR
Inhale through both nostrils, FIVE
Exhale through both nostrils, FIVE.
Inhale through the left, SIX
Exhale through the right, SIX…
Continue in this manner with every multiple of FIVE inhaling and exhaling through both nostrils.
If you lose count you have to go back to the beginning and start with ONE.

This technique is beautifully explained on Swami Janakananda’s Yoga Nidra CD, if you would like someone to talk you through it.

pranavayu, posted on June 21, 2016

Thank you Nicole!

I've practiced virtual alternate nostril breathing before, but the idea of slowly expanding the count was a new one for me. I'm looking forward to trying it! Thanks so much for sharing.

NicoleUrdang, posted on July 21, 2016

Actually, you are not expanding the count, you're counting the numbers in your head to keep your mind occupied.
There's another version where you count backwards from 27 to one.

lovingit, posted on June 18, 2016

Thank you David for another wonderful & deeply nourishing practice. Loving both the classes in this series :)
Namaste

pranavayu, posted on June 20, 2016

Thanks so much for watching! Keep an eye out for the final video in the series later on this week.

I'm glad that you've enjoyed the series!

OneLove2002, posted on June 13, 2016

Thank you David, you created such a safe space for me to practice in. I am on Day 8 of my cleanse, and I am definitely feeling a little more sensitive, more raw, and this class gave me the opportunity to explore some emotions and to let them go. I really hope I have the chance to practice with you in person one day. You are such a gifted teacher and you are definitely an inspiration to me. Namaste.

pranavayu, posted on June 14, 2016

Thank you One Love! I hope to meet you in person one day too. It's so great that you've connected with the practices here and I'm glad that they're helping with your process!

Wishing you a happy practice. :-)

sslawits, posted on June 13, 2016

Thank you David, it's great to have the benefit of practicing with you virtually. If one has been out of practice for a bit and wants to get a super bendy back once again, would your recommend doing this practice 2x per week or your older back bending video or some combination of both?

Stacy

pranavayu, posted on June 13, 2016

Hi Stacy,

It's great to see you! Thanks so much for checking out the new videos.

The body loves consistency combined with variety. If you want to focus on deepening range of motion in your back, I'd recommend three practices per week with a day or two in between each to give your body time to recover. This practice is a great maintenance practice. However, since you're looking to deepen range of motion substantially in a short period of time, I'd recommend that you choose two additional backbending practices to add to the mix.

Hope all is well!

OmShanti4U, posted on June 12, 2016

Today is such a tragic day and I needed to hear these words and cultivate compassion. It is a sad day for me and I cannot imagine for those effected directly by today's mass shooting. Peace, Peace, Peace

pranavayu, posted on June 13, 2016

It is indeed a tragic day, and I'm so glad that your practice helped you. Lots of love to you!

tmrutledge, posted on June 11, 2016

David, your precise prompts for muscle control and gentle adaptations made me feel safe and supported and brought new life and meaning into these postures for me. Gracias!

pranavayu, posted on June 13, 2016

Thank you so much! I'm glad to hear that some of those variations were helpful, and that you derived some new insights from your practice. :-)

Lots of love to you and yours,

michelle_dileo, posted on June 11, 2016

Thank you so much - such great instructions and guidance all the way through. Beautiful.

pranavayu, posted on June 13, 2016

Thank you Michelle!

spongy22, posted on June 10, 2016

Thank you for a wonderful practice <3

pranavayu, posted on June 10, 2016

Thanks very much for giving it a try! I'm glad that you liked it.

BasmaS, posted on June 10, 2016

A beautiful practice

pranavayu, posted on June 10, 2016

Thank you Basma! It's great to see you. :-)

tinnageneve, posted on June 8, 2016

My spine and I thank you!
A wonderful release practice.
Namasté, Christina

pranavayu, posted on June 9, 2016

I'm glad that you enjoyed it! Thank you. :-)

achute3, posted on June 8, 2016

Beautiful practice.

pranavayu, posted on June 8, 2016

Thank you!

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