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Yoga for Waking Up

Alanna Kaivalya

Level: All Levels
Intensity: You'll Feel It
Props: None
Rating: 3.82 based on 28 reviews

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Class Description

Wake Up! Do Yoga!
Want a great way to wake up and stay energized throughout your day? I've given you the practice I engage in every morning to start my day. It keeps me a sane, nice person, and balances my body for whatever the day presents. It's essentially an abbreviated form of the Ashtanga Primary series and takes only 45 minutes. Feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready for anything!

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 3.82 rating based on 28 reviews
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Overall, I enjoyed this class & liked the teacher s style. I agree with some of my fellow reviewers that I would have liked more warm up, and I thought some of the transitions were awkward. But it was a good class and I m definitely going to check out some of her other ones.

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Good simple flow. Lacked alignment ques, and ques to bring you deeper into the understanding of your body.

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I really enjoyed the class. it was like a mini Astanga class (without as many vinyasas between poses), that I can do if I don t have time for a full Astanga class.
as per the description, this method is based on Astanga, hence moving into sun salutations immediately AS warmup. also in the Astanga method is 2 count breaths for sun salutations, instead of 4, which is why people felt a bit left behind. it s a mindset that has to be cultivated to get used to it.
the class is described as intermediate, so we are expected to recognize & know the poses based on their names. if you re not familiar with the names, or the Astanga sequence, I could see where it might be a little more difficult to follow. like I said, I really liked it, and will do this frequently.

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Love this class! Fast flow is a little challenging first thing in the morning, but it s a good wake up ;)

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Good class - not too hard. Definitely better for early morning; I ve taken it when I first woke up and mid-morning after doing a few chores, and I think it s much more beneficial first thing.

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Pleasant class for waking up, good warm up followed my interesting standing poses. I wish the instructor gave a little bit more cueing, and that there were less chatarungas.

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I will start by saying that my body is much more open than it was 40 minutes ago! However, my biggest issues lie in the description of this class. First, this class level seems like an intermediate or advanced intermediate level class because there are very little cues. The instructor gets you into the asana, but then really focuses on telling you when to breath. There are many who will love that factor, but I tend to prefer more cuing. The class begins with sun salutations but the rest of the class is mostly made up of longer holds without flowing. Some transitions felt redundant as well. It is still a high quality class, but the descriptions can be misleading.

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This starts out quick and gets right into moves. I definitely would not use it for morning yoga. I think I need to stretch now and the other morning yoga s I ve done on here warm you up first. She moves fast right from the start. Maybe for the afternoon - but definitely not a morning class for me.

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Great class for the morning! Refreshing, short Ashtanga variation and not too much to have to think about apart from breathing ( about all I can manage first thing!)

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Nice way to get moving in the morning and feel energized. Not too strenuous for those who are more advanced. Enjoy!

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Great class! Do-able for all levels but also challenging and awakening.

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Good wake up!

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A great class for people who are familiar with Ashtanga, but don t have time for a full practice of the Primary series. I d say this is really an Intermediate class, not All Levels, since modifications are not really offered. In addition, it moves very quickly. If people don t already know the poses being called, it s going to be impossible to keep up. However, I found the no-nonsense instruction really refreshing. I hate being constantly cued, although at times I needed more time to get into the poses here. I have practiced yoga for at least 10 years, but haven t done Ashtanga for quite a while. This was a nice reminder of how invigorating the practice can be.

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If you like Sun Salutations you will like this class. I didn t care for it as it became very redundant. There are no instructions of how to hold the pose, and I felt there should be some guidance.

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Good news is you do a lot of poses. Bad news is the class moves very quickly. I have never had an instructor move thru sun salutations so quickly. Also for the standing series there is constant talking. On any poses with a long hold she counts your breaths to 5 so there is no chance to reflect inwardly. There is a bit more silence on floor at end.

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While I do feel more energized after completing this class, I m just not a fan of the style. I agree with the other reviewers that the instructor moved into sun salutations way too quickly. I did this class after work, and even though I m not just waking up, I still prefer a little more warm up before getting into sun sal. flows. The instructor only offered alignment cues about twice during the full class. I am not a beginner, but I appreciate cues reminding me to use good form and alignment throughout a class. She mostly told you which pose to head into, and then counted out breaths for each pose. I did like holding some of the poses longer, but more flow would have been nice.

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I agree with one of the other comments, that the warm up is not done very well. For a wake up yoga class I would expect more gradual warming up, but this class goes right into sun salutations. The poses are good though and I did like the long holds. However, there are other wake up yoga classes on YDL that I much prefer over this one.

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Loved the OMs and the chihuahua :)

I would have appreciated less counting so I could focus in more.

This class is long holds and move to the next, just like another person commented. There are plenty of vinyasas sprinkled throughout, but it is a not a flow class.

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i love the simplicity of this class; it s challenging in the best way. this class leaves me feeling energized, focused and ready for my day ahead! thank you Alanna!

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Good class with basic poses and holds to start the day.

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The instructor didn t give any queues for pose positioning and corrections. Also, if you like flow and transitioning thru positions this class isn t for you. It s discrete holds and then move into next.

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Perfect for the morning. She gives clear instructions without too much touchy-feely stuff that I m just not ready for early in the morning. Nice flow at the beginning. The instructor is encouraging and natural without too much talk.

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I enjoyed the sun salutations of this class but felt like I needed a little more of a warm up first. It moved very quickly into vinyasas and in the morning I prefer to start with some more movement (cat/cow breathing, etc) before I m fully ready to do that. The instructor doesn t give any cues or helpful hints which in part is great because there s less talking but a few might have been nice to ensure I wasn t falling out of form. The length of the class is great for fitting into a morning schedule!

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Very nice way to wake up! I had been dealing with tension in my neck and shoulders that morning and felt 100% better after this class. Alanna s style is very unique. I never expected to see a chihuahua in a yoga video, but in hindsight I love that she had her pet with her. Very cute! The OM s were also refreshing. I don t get out to the yoga studio often and I get a little OM-sick.


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