The Dragon Dance Video
The Dragon Dance

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The Dragon Dance

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This class with Bernie Clark is a blend of Indian and Daoist yoga, designed to stimulate the flow of energy (prana or chi) through directed awareness and vigorous movements. Great for people who want a vigorous workout and to experience this mystical thing called “energy.” It is a whole body work out, and will even challenge your ego. Flexibility is not just a physical quality; we also need flexible minds. The flow is inspired by the fertile teachings of Paul and Suzee Grilley. We build up to the full sized dragon in cycles and stages. The ultimate stage is dragon’s fire. Then we investigate the flow in a yin manner, holding each position for a few breaths. Finally, we cool down with the Golden Seed.


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olinebridges, posted on April 29, 2016

thank you so much !! that was an amazing practice, this has become my Friday morning practice... I absolutely love the fire that it creates. I feel very energized after.

thank you for sharing your practice

Oline Bridges

Lorax1377, posted on May 4, 2015

I LOVED all the energy awareness in this practice. I will definitely do it again. I would say it's a bit more challenging than beginner level though.

adventures2013, posted on February 8, 2015

I'll definitely be doing this one again - appreciated the quality of instruction throughout.

bettymcharlton, posted on November 30, 2014

An ancient (albeit new for me) and purposeful approach to moving our energy. Felt great~ will visit again and again!

AnitaEMc2, posted on May 15, 2014

Wow. Loved the practice. Feeling absolutely wonderful right now. I have another video and instructor added to my favorites. Than you Bernie!

arianeparas, posted on February 28, 2014

what an interesting class, so different, and i loved Bernie's style and humour. you can really feel your energy getting bigger throughout the class. more of these kind of classes please!

Trying, posted on December 16, 2013

Holy challenging class, Batman. I love Bernie Clark and his classes alone are worth my subscription to this website. I am a beginner and this is the only class I've taken so far that can be easily scaled to my level and STILL makes me sweat. Well played, Bernie!

bernieclark, posted on July 28, 2013

@marshafisch Valid question: the breath rate here is a bit faster than in a slower Hatha flow, but still the movement and the breath should be synchronous. Each movement is a breath. You can still employ the ocean breath, or ujjayi as it is also called.

marshafisch, posted on July 28, 2013

Where does the breath come in when you're moving so fast?

tappin1, posted on July 27, 2013

I love This video

aliciawright, posted on May 5, 2013

Wow, challenging practice. Lot's to learn here but well worth it. I was able to do some poses that I haven't been able to manage in other practices. Thank you Bernie.

sunnylion, posted on March 15, 2013

What a great practice! I can always count on chuckling and learning while Bernie is teaching. Thank you, Bernie, for sharing.

daisyduk, posted on February 8, 2013

Loved this so much!

myogagirl, posted on January 13, 2013

I have been re-inspired... Thank You Bernie... M.

TriVive, posted on January 7, 2013

That was great! I'll be adding this to my favorites. Loved feeling the energy :)

mollyjean99, posted on November 26, 2012

I love Bernie's classes. His dry sense of humor helps me to get through the class with a smile on my face.

energiayoga, posted on November 25, 2012

This man is such a sweetheart. I wish I could take a live class with with, funny too. Great teacher.

Luvina, posted on October 21, 2012

wonderful practice. so much enjoyed the energy swirling around my body into the infinite. Love the challenge tool

Cigana, posted on July 22, 2012

What an amazing teacher! trully inspriring Bernie! thanks

luciarose, posted on May 13, 2012

Brilliant balance of yin and yang, totally loved this sequence, feel completely energised and revitalised. Thanks

dancelittledancer, posted on May 1, 2012

I really enjoy this class, i feel like my whole body has worked and is energised. It something i'd like to do outside on a nice day.

yin4ever, posted on March 3, 2012

this practice was amazing! i will keep it as a favorite and do it often. Bernie, I love your books and your way of teaching, cueing, and humor!! Loved it. Feel great! Nice complement to my yin practice!

YoginiTania, posted on February 19, 2012

Love! Love! Love! This practice. I really enjoyed Bernie's calmness and humour. Great way to practice being strong and graceful.

freynier, posted on December 11, 2011

Thank you. I enjoyed the practice very much. It is challenging but so rewarding. It also is very calming when you do the last part of the practice. In my opinion, on of the best class !

yoginiuma, posted on August 25, 2011

I am having so much fun with this. Thank you. Your instruction is clear, your voice is pleasing, and the humor makes it even more enjoyable.

MiriamPerrier, posted on June 21, 2011

loved it!!!!
woke up the fire dragon i am (1976)


luckygrl, posted on March 21, 2011

Amazing flow, my entire body is warm and relaxed. Thank you Bernie for your graceful instruction!

funkymama, posted on February 7, 2011

that was fantastic! love the humour, love the flow, yummy!

, posted on January 7, 2011

Bernie, thanks. This practice is wonderful after a day sitting in front of the computer. A wonderful way to loosen up.

bernieclark, posted on January 7, 2011

To Murasaki - your breath is the barometer for your practice; if you find yourself running out of breath, or if your breath becomes short and choppy, it is time to stop and pause for a little while. When your breath is even and regular again, resume the dance. The ideal breath is the "ocean breath", also known as ujjayi breath (victorious breath) ... it is a soft sound from the back of the throat. It begins with a "hahhhh" sound as if you were fogging your glasses: at first you can make this sound with your mouth open, but when you have mastered that, do it with the mouth closed. The sound is made on both inhales and exhales. Enjoy the dance!

, posted on January 7, 2011

In the Yang Dragon I become quite breathless. Can I continue but breathe through the mouth (occasionally I have to), or is it better to pause a while? I must say it's a delightfully demanding practice. You do mention at one point that we shouldn't stop the flow... (later you say it's ok though).Also, would this practice be ok for people with high blood pressure, or would the energy and frequency of hips-over-head be dangerous?Thanks very much!

chartreuse, posted on January 1, 2011

seriously confusing, but fun. I look forward to practicing this, so I don't fall over.

DurgaMa, posted on January 1, 2011

WOW! Nothing like it for New Year's day. This practice is joyful, thanks Bernie.

courtney.lewis, posted on December 31, 2010

That was great! Way more difficult than I expected and wonderful balance. thank you!

brittv, posted on December 29, 2010

So excited!! I used to love practicing the Dragon Dance in Vancouver with you Bernie. But since moving to Nova Scotia I've missed out on the chance. Until now!! This video has certainly made my day - and the coming months of winter too! Nothing like the dragon dance to warm one's soul!

kathrine, posted on December 27, 2010

This was a wonderfull practise, and I loved the humorous comments - unexpected an joyfull. Thank you for brightening my day.

ShannonH, posted on December 26, 2010

Wonderful practice to shake out all the heavy holiday energies!

poniline, posted on December 26, 2010

I loved this!!! Its different, challenging and wonderful. Thank you, Bernie, for making "my yoga online" more colourful

sauterelle, posted on December 23, 2010

wow that was more challenging than expected! thanks Bernie

kgodfrey11, posted on October 17, 2016

This is an incredibly challenging, yet rewarding practice. It's one of my favorites that I've practiced about a dozen times. It was challenging for the first class or two to get the hang of the sequence, however once I really got it, I fell in love with the almost dance-like sequence. Thank you, Bernie for a fantastic class. Blessings!

Jbaklund, posted on October 17, 2016

Wow! I agree with the previous comment... challenging yet rewarding! I love the flow and juicy twists! Especially love the "thank-God-asana" pose ;) Thank you!

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