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Yoga for the Heart and Chest

Just as you can open your heart through thoughts and emotions, you can also experience an uplifting opening in this area through yoga poses. Backend your way into new possibilities while countering the hunched back we get from slumping through our lives.

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ratingRating: 5.00
based on 2 reviews

Hatha Yoga53 mins

Yoga for Rock Climbers: Upper Extremities

Patrick Montgomery

Yoga helps balance out rock climbing. This sequence of asanas and arm variations works the opposite actions typically used in rock climbing to balance strengths and prevent injuries. Because climbing involves mostly pulling motions, this yoga practice preferences pushing movements while aligning the joints and increasing mobility in those areas that are typically tense, gripped, and tight. On this journey, you will practice forearm, wrist, hand, elbow, shoulder, and neck drills, variations of Forearm Stand (Pincha Mayurasana), Reverse Table (Purvottanasana), descend into Thread The Needle (Parsva Balasana) and end with meditation in Abhaya Hrdaya Mudra (Fearless Heart). Perfect for anyone looking for an alignment-focused shoulder opening class, particularly climbers who want to add yoga to their training program.

Spotify playlist for Yoga for Rock Climbers: Upper Extremities

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Strap, 2 Blocks, Wall
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 12 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga1 hour 8 mins

Moving with Presence

Erin Wimert

This fun flow will leave you feeling refreshed with a specific focus on opening quads, spine and triceps. With consistant reminders to return to the breath and awareness of sensations in the body, this practice will feel well-rounded both physically and energetically.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Strap
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.98
based on 28 reviews

Power Yoga58 mins

Flow Your Heart Out

Jackie Casal Mahrou

Each time you come to your yoga mat you have an opportunity to reconnect to your heart and your highest intentions. This warming and fluid flow invites you into feeling, sensation, presence, and bliss as you flow, reconnect, and open up. You will flow through Sun Salutations A + B variations to build heat and presence, then connect to your strength through some heart opening and twisting postures, then surrender in a sweet hip opening pose. Enjoy!

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
Bring a Towel

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.00
based on 1 reviews

Technique Workshops49 mins

Clearing the Heart and Unloading the Shoulders

Bhavani Maki

A somatic investigation of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra’s teachings on living life from the inside out in order to find sufficient inner freedom to enjoy and experience life to its fullest. This sequence will explore shoulder openers such as inversions and arm balances to integrate the least stable joint of the body and access the seat of wisdom in our heart’s center.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
Blanket, Blocks, Chair, Strap and Wall
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 35 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga31 mins

Anytime Detox Flow

Jackie Casal Mahrou

Let go of negative mental and physical patterns with this grounding flow. This short class will gently warm and open your body while giving you space to let go of toxic thoughts or energy so that you find freedom. You will flow through Sun Salutation variations, find freedom with some twisting and balancing postures, then wind down. Take 30 minutes out of your day (morning, noon or night) for this short class. Enjoy!

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 25 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga36 mins

Happy Half-Hour: Hearts & Hips

Caitlin Rose Kenney

A FREE light-hearted Vinyasa Flow class for any time of the day. This practice will limber-up the hips and the soften the heart leaving you feeling rejuvenated and uplifted.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 20 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga1 hour 7 mins

Empowerment Flow 5: Let It Shine

Jackie Casal Mahrou

Yoga is a practice of connecting with our highest self so that we can live and express ourselves in the most authentic and courageous way. This strong & warming flow will help you connect to courage and cultivate strength so you can shine your brightest. You will flow through creative Sun Salutations and practice balancing poses (both arm & leg), twists, core, and back strengtheners while taking time to ground down at the end. Enjoy!

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Block (optional)
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 8 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga30 mins

Open Your Heart

Dana Smith

When the heart chakra is unbalanced, feelings of sadness, self-pity, and fear can suffocate our ability to give and receive love. True love starts with loving the person in the mirror. In this yoga practice we will explore asanas designed to open the heart and increase the flow of self-love.

Key Pose - Ustrasana

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
2 Blocks & Blanket
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.50
based on 5 reviews

Therapeutics41 mins

Fearless Love: Backbending into Freedom

Bhavani Maki

Patanjali advises us to go forth on the yogic path with the two wings of freedom, abhyasa and vairagya, effort and release. We will explore how to create traction and release in a clear and systematic approach that is compression-free.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
2 Blocks, Blanket, Bolster and a Wall
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 6 reviews

Hatha Yoga41 mins

Strengthen, Protect & Heal the Upper Body

Desiree Rumbaugh

Regardless of whether you feel you are stiff or flexible in the upper body, the truth is, you need to be stronger. Try this class and balance the strength you have developed in your wrists, neck, chest, shoulders and arms. These are some of the best bodyweight exercises and yoga poses that you can use to stay strong and safe in your practice and in your life.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Coffee Table or Chair, Block, Strap, Blanket
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.67
based on 3 reviews

Hatha Yoga36 mins

Yoga for Upper Body Strength

Desiree Rumbaugh

This is not a typical flow class, but it does move at a very even pace. Many yogis need more isolated practice in both pushing and pulling for balanced upper body strength so they can safely practice sun salutations, inversions, arm balances and backbends. Here you will be able to focus on building integration and strength in your neck, shoulders, arms and chest with simple yet powerful yoga poses and very little equipment.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Coffee Table or chair, Strap, Blanket
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 10 reviews

Hatha Yoga46 mins

Strong Back, Soft Front

Elise Fabricant

Brené Brown, a great thought leader of our time, talks of "Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart." In this class we will explore how strengthening our back body can soften our front body, ultimately unleashing our wild, unfettered heart.

This class starts slowly so that you can experience the actions of strengthening the back body, from heels to head. Eventually the pace picks up and includes a unique flow from plank to forearm plank to sphinx to dolphin. You'll also play with common poses in uncommon ways, and kick butt on a (invisible) pull-up bar!

Throughout this moderately vigorous class there's an invitation to clarify your backbone, i.e. what you stand for in this world. As you wind down with some sweet restorative poses, you'll also have a chance to replenish the compassion in your heart.

Spotify playlist for Strong Back, Soft Front

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
Block, Optional Blanket
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 9 reviews

Yin Yoga52 mins

Yin for Your Upper Body

Erin Wimert

Feeling tense? This class will help you find where stress is manifesting in your upper back, neck and shoulders. You can expect to finish feeling wide, expansive and free.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
Ahhhhhh

Props
Blanket
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 7 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga1 hour 3 mins

Practice with a Smile

Pradeep Teotia

This joyful and uplifting practice invites us to take a deeper look into our mind body connection through concentrating on the joy and gratitude we find in our lives. All levels of yogis will find joy and an open heart with this practice.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 9 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga53 mins

Absolution Flow: Wheel of Fire

Mark Morford

Little-known fact: Backbends are often just as much, if not more, about opening the front body – the chest, the heart, the thighs, the belly – as they are about getting the spine to give up its deep, psycho-emotional traumas and delights.

Here’s a relatively advanced (read: do be careful, OK?), backbend-heavy practice designed, on the physical level, to explore multiple modes and intensities of spinal flexion: deep folds, multiple flavors of backbend, a strappy Natarajasana, challenges to both your focus and balance. But on the other, less obvious levels? Far more interesting possibilities for deep release, expansion.

How intense do you want it? How deep are you willing to go? How much release can you truly handle, without harming yourself and without obeying your nagging ego’s urges to either push harder or collapse and give up? Shall we find out?

Spotify playlist for Absolution Flow: Wheel of Fire



VIDEO

Level
Adv. Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Strap
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.92
based on 25 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga52 mins

Empowerment Flow 2: I am Worthy

Jackie Casal Mahrou

Each one of us is worthy of love and all that we desire in this life, yet we often forget this. Connect to your own worthiness and remember what you love about yourself as you flow through this strong, yet freeing class. Similar to Jackie's first Empowerment Flow class, this class combines lots of warming vinyasa flow with strengthening posture holds. This sequence includes balancing postures, core work, and backbends (including Camel/Ustrasana) to help you feel confident, strong, and open. Enjoy!

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Block (optional)
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.66
based on 19 reviews

Power Yoga58 mins

Wild Thing Flow

Jill Pedroza

Need an hour vacation from the hustle and bustle of your life? Enjoy this invigorating Wild Thing Flow to open your heart and mind. Wild Thing is known to combat fatigue and mild depression by stretching the chest, shoulders, throat, hip flexors and legs. We spend so much of our lives hunched over computers and in cars, this class will help counteract by opening the front side of your body.

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 9 reviews

Power Yoga45 mins

Absolution Flow: A Call To Arms

Mark Morford

Behold this giddy, delightful and VERY shoulder/arm/chest intensive practice, core stable and alignment precise. That’s right! It’s all manner of chaturangas, double dips, planks and half-handstands and pincha mayurasanas, moves both familiar and, perhaps, not so much. Prediction: You will love it, even when you hate it.

And why? For the sake of real stability, of course. For the sake of true strength – not just bulk muscle or brute force, but functional, useful upper-body energy that can reach and rotate, lift and hold with dexterity and ease, and not get hurt.

Be careful with this one. Do what you can. Do not overdo it. Ignore your ego. Build up to it. Try a few, then try again. Come back to what didn’t seem remotely possible, and try it again. And then again.

Reminder: Upper body strength is NOT about the ability to hoist heavy things or grunt through a pile of dumb pushups. It’s about a particularly confident, poised flavor of grace and physical integrity. It’s for holding up the weight of the world, and then dancing.


Mark recommends using the following playlist for this class: Spotify playlist for Absolution Flow: A Call To Arms

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Intermediate

Intensity
Bring a Towel

Props
Block, Strap
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.83
based on 9 reviews

Align & Flow1 hour 10 mins

Apex Fusion: Standing Balances

Shannon Paige

This Intermediate to Advancing - Double Bound Ardha Chandrachopasana - in a playful standing pose session is designed to encourage the growth and refinement of open hip pattern standing and standing balancing poses. Moving towards a double bound variation of half moon pose, we will layer planks, binds, backbends and sustained hip openers along the progression to make this practice rich, deep, meditative, and one to return to again and again to observe gained progress.


Shannon recommends using the following playlist for this class: Spotify playlist for Apex Fusion Standing Balances

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.92
based on 51 reviews

Power Yoga31 mins

Morning Yoga Fix

Jackie Casal Mahrou

Get your "yoga fix" as soon as you wake up with this short and flowing class. Connect with your intentions, move away from negative energy, and flow towards what you want for your day. You will move through creative variations of Sun Salutations A & B to wake up your body, then dive into deeper heart and hip openers to both invigorate and ground you. Instead of your morning coffee (or perhaps before it), practice this class for a "yoga buzz" that will last all day.

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 29 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga44 mins

Work the Magic On the Inside

Christen Bakken

What the poses look like is only skimming the surface of all that each shape and breath hold possible. The poses will naturally stretch the hamstrings, strengthen the core, and release tension from the shoulders and neck. Each of these outcomes are worth celebrating, but what happens to our mind, our nervous system, and our heart far out weighs the physical benefits and holds so much more potential. By practicing with eyes closed and drawing the attention inward, we will practice the potential of the heart and what is beneath the surface. The big backbend is not the goal, but a heart wide open may be the journey.

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
One Block
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 14 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga54 mins

Yummy Yoga Flow 3

Claire Petretti Marti

Did you love Yummy Yoga Flow 1 and 2? Claire's back with another well-rounded, intelligently sequenced, fun Vinyasa flow class. Challenge yourself with several Warrior and balancing sequences including Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1), Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior 3), and Ardha Chandra Chapasana (Bound Half-Moon.)

One of yoga's greatest benefits is an intangible sense of feeling happy, or as Claire calls it, feeling yummy. Enjoy!

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Blocks optional
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.67
based on 6 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga44 mins

Dance for Joy!

Cicily Carter

We will systematically warm up the spine and frontal body to encourage the tissues to relax into proper extension and flexion. Disciplining the mind requires the body to perform from a place of present moment focus. We will work from the parasympathetic nervous system and create trust between the body and mind. When mind is at ease, body is free to dance!

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.50
based on 15 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga20 mins

Heart Chakra Yoga: Backbend Flow

Cicily Carter

Your heart is the center of love and affection that you hold for yourself and others. This class is designed to systematically warm your body and open your heart-center so you may shine in kindness and compassion. Use this 20 minute sequence to wake up with energy or to augment your regular routine and channel your power from your heart center.

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.83
based on 9 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga42 mins

Element Yoga: Air

Denelle Numis

Flow through an intelligently sequenced vinyasa yoga practice inspired by the Air element. Use your breath to move mindfully through a series of backbends to prep you for the ultimate standing balance backbend, Natarajasana, or Dancer's Pose. Open your heart and your mind and discover all the possibilities within you!

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
2 Blocks and 1 Strap
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.86
based on 7 reviews

Hatha Yoga49 mins

Expression of Love

Ben Davis

"Reason is powerless in the expression of love" ~ Rumi. Allow every poster that you create on the mat to be an offering in honor of what brings joy to your heart. This class consist of heart openers and back bends such as dancers, camel, floor bow, and wheel. Express your love.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.73
based on 11 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga54 mins

Anahata Chakra Vinyasa

Les Leventhal

This peak pose oriented class will provide fantastic warm up postures with and without props to help you explore some of yoga's more invigorating backbending poses safely and comfortably. It's Anahata Chakra Vinyasa -4/4/4: The 4th Chakra - Anahata, Heart; the 4th Yama, Bramacharya, how we treat others and honoring our intimate relationships; and the 4th Niyama, Svadhyaya, self-study. This practice is all about collaboration, relationships and finding out what we can do and where we dance in the playfulness of effort and surrender. It will deepen your exploration of relationships on and off the mat and shift your priorities in a way that all of your relationships will become more meaningful.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Block and Strap
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.58
based on 12 reviews

Power Yoga1 hour 8 mins

Move Your Asana

Jill Pedroza

In this invigorating and flowing class you will move your body through warming flow and open your hips, shoulders & hamstrings! Jill will guide you through creative Sun Salutations A & B, linking your breath to movement, and then lead you through deeper heart opening & balancing postures to prepare you for a challenging hold of Revolved Birds of Paradise.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.59
based on 23 reviews

Forrest Yoga1 hour 5 mins

Forrest Yoga for Happy Heart & Hips

Cher Aslor

This class is for Forrest Yoga Lovers and those that haven't tried Forrest but practice yoga all the same! Experience juicy hip openers, shoulder openers and longer holds helping us get deeper into the alignment of the poses and tissues of the body. One of the peak poses is standing pigeon, a pose that helped me heal an injured hamstring. In this class you will practice poses unique to Forrest and fun for all. If you love pigeon pose, there's several variations of pigeon to help your hips and heart get happy!

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 5 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga58 mins

Give it Away Now: The Practice of Asteya

Alanna Kaivalya

The principle of asteya is often translated as non-stealing. In this dynamic vinyasa class, we re-translate it as: giving back. Discover how much you have to give, even when it seems you have nothing at all! Armed only with our asana practice, we learn how generosity changes our attitude and outlook and reveals how much we have to offer. This practice warms your day and your heart as we embody generosity that you carry with you long after you leave the mat.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
None