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Cool Down Yoga
Cool Down Yoga
You’ve spent the last few months saluting the sun. So don’t spend the next few weeks – the last precious days of hazy sunsets, al fresco dining and going barefoot – diving head first into a pumpkin latte. Seasonal transitions are natural and gradual, and we’re natural beings, so go with the flow and don’t rush from one season to the next. Summer is a time of sweetness and extroversion, and as it begins to wind down, this is a precious time to savor it’s lightness and glory, while also turning inwards to reflect and rejuvenate. This week, we invite you to soak up the end of summer and to slow down in the process.

Awaken Your Inner Warrior
Awaken Your Inner Warrior
What does it mean to be a Warrior? How can practicing yoga enable you to tap into your inner courage and stand up for freedom and truth? Even in the face of opposition and great odds?

Yoga as the Fountain of Youth: Fearless After Fifty!
Yoga as the Fountain of Youth: Fearless After Fifty!
You may have heard that yoga is the fountain of youth and this week, we invite you to dive in with two well-respected, popular, and lovely instructors, Desiree Rumbaugh and Michelle Marchildon. They have teamed up to create a program designed to encourage you to feel your best at any age. We’re thrilled to introduce a new series of videos and a book, Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga.

Limitless Living
Limitless Living
You can be whomever you want. You can do whatever you dream. You are capable of living a life without limits. There’s a caveat, however: you need to start trusting your inner voice and releasing limiting beliefs and habits.

When You Only Have Time for a Quickie…
When You Only Have Time for a Quickie…
Wanna sneak away for a quick, passionate session? Just the two of us, and your yoga mat.

Why Arm Balancing is Awesome
Why Arm Balancing is Awesome
Yoga teachers will tell you that arm balances just might be the most feared or most loved part of class. Why do some people jump, no pun intended, at the chance to take flight on their hands and go upside down while others use the opportunity to sneak out to the bathroom?

Presence is Power
Presence is Power
One of the primary intentions in yoga is to center your mind and become grounded in the present moment. In our daily lives off of the mat, it’s easy to become mired in the past and controlled by memories, patterns, and fears. Also, in our Western culture, the focus on the future, on doing, on achieving, on getting somewhere or buying something, pulls us out of the now. Yoga teaches us to focus on the present moment.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
“Summer time and the living’s easy” …Sublime’s song Summertime

Set Yourself Free!
Set Yourself Free!
What does freedom mean to you? Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Does freedom need to be granted to you by a higher power? Or, can we cultivate a sense of freedom from the inside out by shifting our perception, by working to release fear that weighs us down and prevents us from living our life to the fullest?

Strive for Balance
Strive for Balance
"Extremes are easy, strive for balance." ~ Colin Wright

Hearts Full of Love
Hearts Full of Love
“It's about what you believe. And I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.” Wonder Woman from the awesome new movie. Love is a superhero power!

Ignite Your Power Chakra
Ignite Your Power Chakra
Our core is our center—physically, emotionally and mentally. It’s vital to keep our spine healthy, our abs strong, and cultivate our prana from our navel center. Learn to utilize the wisdom of yoga to become your most confident, decisive, and happy self. Diving into subtle body anatomy, specifically balancing your Manipura or navel Chakra can empower your life. This week, we’ve got four new classes and a previously released class to get you started.

Meet Denelle Numis!
Meet Denelle Numis!
Denelle Numis composes an authentic experience on the mat where each student can immediately connect with the rhythm of their body and their breath. With a background in modern dance, Denelle builds her Vinyasa classes through a progression of dynamic sequences to stimulate energy and vitality throughout the body. She infuses her classes with eclectic music and inspiring peak postures. Even though her classes may be challenging, Denelle’s vibrant and gregarious personality motivates her students to stay playful in their practice.

5 Yogi-Approved Ways to Upgrade Your Summer Vacation
5 Yogi-Approved Ways to Upgrade Your Summer Vacation
If you’ve been chained to a desk since New Year’s Day, your body’s in need of a liberating vacation, and your mind is ready for a cozy staycation. How do you escape, but stay still at the same time? Well, you could binge watch Netflix or you could try these 5 tips to kick off summer with a sense of adventure and peace.

Yoga for Healthy Joints
Yoga for Healthy Joints
What’s your favorite benefit from your yoga practice? Flexible hamstrings? Strong shoulders? Steady balance? Peace of mind? How about healthy, supple joints?

Deepen Your Yoga Practice
Deepen Your Yoga Practice
When is the last time you experienced a breakthrough on your yoga mat or meditation cushion? Yesterday? Last month? Never? If you feel stagnant with your regular yoga practice, we’re here to offer you options to break through and deepen your physical asana practice or the quality of your meditation time. Consider different ways you can amplify your practice.

Nadi by Nature: Get To Know Your Energy Pathways
Nadi by Nature: Get To Know Your Energy Pathways
From your fingers to your toes, the Nadis are making connections in your body. In the yoga tradition, Nadis are the energy superhighways running through the body – and depending on the lineage you have anywhere between 72,000 to 350,000 of them.

Happy Hips
Happy Hips
If your hips aren’t happy, odds are you won’t be happy either. In order to stay pain and injury free, you need to keep your hips open and stable. Yoga Sutra 2.46, Sthira Sukham asanam states that the posture should be stable and comfortable. Often, this principle is described as seeking the balance between strength and softness or effort and ease.

6 Ways for Yogis to Celebrate Earth Day
6 Ways for Yogis to Celebrate Earth Day
Both you and the Earth could really use some love right now. So we wanted to send you into the weekend, and into Earth Day, with 6 ways to bring in the values and actions of your yoga practice to the planet.

Simmer Down
Simmer Down
"Few things are so pressing that they cannot wait for a moment of breath." - T.K.V. Desikachar

Seize the Day!
Seize the Day!
What do yoga and Eminem’s hit song, Lose Yourself have in common? Both focus on seizing the day or Carpe Diem. Yoga is about living in the present moment and experiencing the ease and the discomfort of each day. Carpe Diem is defined as the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future. The lyrics from Eminem’s hit song focus on the transient nature of life and how we need to grab it with both hands:

Up Your Game with a Targeted Yoga Practice
Up Your Game with a Targeted Yoga Practice
Whether you’re a hard-core athlete, weekend warrior, or avid spectator, we here at YogaDownload.com have the classes to help you enhance your athletic performance and prevent injuries. Yoga goes beyond simple stretching by working the muscles and joints through all ranges of motion—activating the little-used muscles that support the primary movers. The body must be worked through all three planes of motion in order to remain balanced and healthy. Even if you stretch pre- or post-workout, you’re probably just stretching the muscles in the same direction and plane of motion in which you are exercising.

Wherever I Go, Yoga Goes – 7 Tips for A Mindful Vacation
Wherever I Go, Yoga Goes – 7 Tips for A Mindful Vacation
Happy spring! We’re here to help you stay on top of your game physically, emotionally and mentally while you’re on the go. Whether you’re planning a spring vacation or opting for a staycation, here are 7 tips to keep your body & mind right when you’re on the move:

Featured Pose: Parivitta Utkatasana or Prayer Twist
Featured Pose: Parivitta Utkatasana or Prayer Twist
It’s normal to start feeling little sluggish or unlike your usual confident self after a long, rainy winter. It may the perfect time to clear out any energy or feelings that have gone stagnant. We could all use a reboot in our systems to charge our inner fierceness and tap into our ambition.

Get Lucky
Get Lucky
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week we celebrate how to capture those feelings of good luck and happiness and bottle them up for the entire year. It’s just like the leprechaun finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, right? Check out Mark Morford’s latest class: How to Get Lucky Vol. II: Get Luckier.