Yoga Every Day
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Strengthen your daily routine and find balance with a series of yoga classes designed to bring simplicity to your personal practice and nurture your curiosity. With over 400, complete, 15 and 30-minute classes to choose from, it’s easy to enjoy the benefits of yoga wherever you practice.
S20:Ep1, Harmless Forward Folds (Preview)
Yoga Every Day - Season 20 Episodes
Harmless Forward Folds
To abide by the yogic virtue of ahimsa (non-harming), we can challenge our harmful thought patterns and build a dialogue of self-love with our inner witness.
Explore ahimsa (non-harming) by chanting and embodying the mantra “lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu” and practicing peace as we move through warrior postures as a moving prayer for a non-violent world. Flow through heart-opening backbends, twists, and warrior poses with the mantra in mind: May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May my thoughts and actions somehow contribute to the freedom of all.
Harmless Arm Balances
Focus on arm balances such as wild thing (camatkarasana) and side plank (vasisthasana) to connect with the center of yourself that feels unshakable. Your practice of ahimsa (non-harming) thrives when you live with confidence, strength, and sturdiness. As you give yourself permission to be the truest version of yourself, you cultivate the virtue of ahimsa towards yourself and others.
Practice kindness toward yourself with spinal mobility and an open heart.
Do No Harm
This down-tempo, hip-centric practice is a sanctuary for the overwhelmed and overworked soul. Sometimes ahimsa (non-harming) is easier to practice with others than it is with ourselves. It’s not uncommon for your mind to keep pushing when your body and spirit are begging for a break.
Be True to Your Hips and Shoulders
Use your practice as a tool to tap into satya, a yogic concept ruling truthfulness. Explore false judgements by deliberately releasing tension and emotions stuck in your hips and shoulders.
Your Truth in Backbends
Backbends help to discover where truth lives in our bodies, from the throat to the heart to the hips. Explore a variety of back-bending and hip opening postures in this practice.
Discover the truth (satya) that lies underneath the ego in this balancing practice. Begin with hamstring stretches before blossoming into a short standing balancing sequence.
Embody truth with a short call and response chant in Sanskrit and yoga postures designed to open your shoulders and heart center.
Moment of Truth
Giving ourselves permission to honestly assess how we’re feeling each day and making choices in accordance to that are two great ways to tune into your own truth (satya). This versatile, full-spectrum class offers several moments of choice for you to amp up or dial down depending on how you are feeling.
Be Generous to Your Heart
A heart-opening practice with an emphasis on asteya, one of the five yamas (yogic ethical restraints), and loosely translates as “non-stealing.” Asteya means so much more than simply not taking something from another without his or her permission. In the subtler dimensions of this teaching, asteya points us to what we are doing with our energy and time. Are we being a taker? Or are we contributing in valuable ways to any experience we find ourselves in?
Be Generous to Create Balance
How do we show up as a contribution to each experience in our lives? Explore the concept of asteya (non-stealing) through energizing balancing poses that teach us how to be present and give generously in our practice to find our center. Begin with the sound of AUM, then move through spinal stretches, standing and balancing poses, lunges, hip openers, and core strengthening before resting in savasana.
Be Generous to Your Core
Start with a breath practice followed by simple yet intense movements that build a connection to the muscles, energy, and intelligence of the core.
Be Generous to Stand Strong
Commit to giving rather than taking from any experience. Explore some exhilarating breath work and warrior poses that support us to stand strong in our integrity.
Generous, Simple & Serene
This practice serves up a well-rounded journey that offers simple ways to support your serenity and stave off stress. “Don’t do a lot where a little will do” is a little proverb packed with lots of wisdom. All too often we get consumed with complexity and end up feeling robbed of time and energy.
Balance Your Stance
Explore the yogic virtue of moderation (brahmacharya). As we follow a tempered path, learn to only take what we need rather than use energy or resources in excess. Root with standing postures to guide us to a place of presence with how we receive and expend our energy.
A Balanced Universe
Explore the balance between the solar (active) energies and the lunar (passive) energies, with a fun flow of poses and pranayams (breath practices). Begin with the mantra (chant): Om Aim Klim Sauh.
Balance Your Energy
Embrace your back body and the unconscious thoughts and emotions that we harbor. As we work to integrate the energies and motivations of both the front and back body, we will discover our truly balanced and holistic sense of self.
Balance Your Hips
The Sanskrit word brahmacharya is about the right use of energy. As we practice hip-openers such as pigeon pose (eka pada rajakapotasana) we can work on directing our energy toward having peace and acceptance with whatever arises.
Earth in Balance
This downtempo practice includes standing and grounded hip-openers and other Earth-centric poses to help you reconnect with your base and find your sense of steady resilience.
Let Go in Backbends
Aparigraha is a Sanskrit word that means non-grasping. Unravel any tightly-wound attachment we hold to the outcome of our practice, achievement of goals in our lives, and the ways in which we identify ourselves in the world. With backbending postures such as locust (salabhasana) and chest expansions, this practice is an offering of letting go of what clogs us, whether it be a desire for material objects or constrictive ideas. By releasing our possessiveness, we are able to fully show up in the world with a sense of abundance.
Let Go of Your Identity
In our continued exploration of aparigraha (non-attachment), we will begin to strip away all of our identities: both personally and professionally, individually and collectively.
Let Go of Ego
Soften any attachment to egotistical tendencies through a series of floor poses that open the hips and hamstrings.
Let Go of Attachment and Aversion
Cultivate the equanimity to enjoy the journey through poses that invite our curiosity like tree (vrksasana) and front splits (hanumanasana). Equanimity is defined as having an “even mind." In other words, a mind not riding the seesaw of attachment to expectations and aversion to what emerges in the present. Many of us focus on the outcome of certain poses and suffer when we don’t achieve the result that we desire.
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