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Backbend your way into an open heart and great back health!

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ratingRating: 5.00
based on 10 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.

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Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
One Block
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 3 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: 5.00
based on 6 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga1 hour 9 mins

Practice with Grace

Pradeep Teotia

You can take your practice deeper when looking at the big picture and seeing all the goodness that life has to offer. Pradeep leads the class through simple yet inventive vinyasa sequences with his unique sense of humor and ways of encouraging us to dig deeper, even when life becomes challenging.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
None
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: 5.00
based on 9 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga1 hour 7 mins

Yoga Alchemy: The Axis

Mark Morford

The practice of locating, if you will, the true center of your being, your essence nature, your divine Self.

You’ve heard these yogic buzzwords before? Doubtless you have. But what the hell do they mean?

We begin with some potent core work, moving into vigorous, decidedly physically demanding series designed specifically to draw your attention *away* from the unreliable, addictive noise of the mind and those ever-fickle emotions, toward the deep, eternal, always-on, always-there, incorruptible “place” in you, the sacred axis around which everything else – your wants, doubts, judgements, melodramas, issues, text messages, relationship dramas – orbits and swirls.

You know this place? Of course you do. It’s been with you your entire life. Locate this place, brighten it, work and dance and pray and practice and bless others from it, and watch the world transform.

Mark recommends using the following playlist for this class: Spotify playlist for Yoga Alchemy: The Axis

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.54
based on 14 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: 5.00
based on 3 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: 4.68
based on 11 reviews

Align & Flow45 mins

The Smallest Change

Kristen Boyle

"The smallest change done with the greatest of attention can have the largest impact."

This class pivots on one alignment principle - supporting the natural curve of the lumbar spine and working strength in the upper back to broaden the chest, thereby undoing the "tucking" and forward-head posture that is chronic with our culture of chairs, computers and the notorious "text-asana!"

This principle is applied to poses throughout the class, culminating in ustrasana (camel) and eka pada kapotasana (pigeon) with a novel approach. The postures used in this class are accessible to students of all levels, but the precise cueing and alignment principle applied to the class create a more advanced application of the postures. This is a great class for both intermediate and advanced practitioners to experience more strength, depth, and freedom.


Kristen recommends using the following playlist for this class: Spotify playlist for The Smallest Change

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.83
based on 6 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: 4.88
based on 17 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga47 mins

Super Okay: A Practice of Contentment

Christen Bakken

Do you always see the next problem coming or do you face challenge as it arises? It can be easy to constantly prepare for what "could" go wrong- anything from completely losing your balance in a pose to completely losing your balance in your life. Santosha (the fourth Niyama - contentment) is a practice to remember that all we need, we already have. It softens the edges of judgement and constant anxiety. Together we learn, practice, and remember to face challenge as it comes. We celebrate and remain present as often as we can. The physicality of this practice is vigorous vinyasa flow with an emphasis on open hearted poses and balance.

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
A block
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 11 reviews

Hatha Yoga1 hour 9 mins

The Sweetest Thing

Eric Paskel

It's all in the name... A gentle yoga class that will ease you out of stress and into relaxation through encouraging dialogue and juicy asana. We begin slow with deep seated postures and move into a set of strengthening standing poses to warm up the body and move energy. Then we glide into finishing poses that will leave you inspired and connected to The Sweetest Thing: YOU!

**Parental advisory of explicit content - This class contains strong language inappropriate for children.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
blanket, blocks, strap (Optional)
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 3.67
based on 3 reviews

Align & Flow49 mins

Wisdom Warriors: Steady and Strong Backbends

Michelle Berman Marchildon

Looking to find a bunch of badass older warriors? Join the Denver Colorado Wisdom Warriors for a fun flow type class. A “Wisdom Warrior” can be any age, but this practice is designed specifically for the adventurous yogi over 50. We move, but not too fast. We go deeper into our poses because we have the time. And we always find "more." This class leads to a peak pose of either Bridge, Wheel or Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana depending on your level, flexibility and strength.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Blocks
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Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.80
based on 10 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: 4.71
based on 19 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga52 mins

Soulful Slow Flow

Eric Paskel

Soulful Slow flow is a slow moving vinyasa class without any sun salutations. The slower moving class provides more time to enter and exit positions while having some "quality" time in the pose. There is plenty to work on physically, yet with no sun salutations and slower moving flows, there is a steadiness that provides room to reflect and to listen while moving. Turn it on now and you won't need to turn off all day.

**Parental advisory of explicit content - This class contains strong language inappropriate for children.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Block, Strap (Optional)
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.73
based on 11 reviews

Power Yoga48 mins

Fitness 'n' Yoga + Weights: Core and Backbends

Ben Davis

Fitness 'n' Yoga + Weights: Core & Backbends will help you balance and strengthen both the front and back sides of the core as you play with floor bow and dancers pose. This video will also incorporate transitioning from upward facing dog back to chaturanga as part of the flow. Have some fun while you tone your arms, legs, and core while using weights to tone and sculpt.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
3, 5 or 8 lb Weights and a Foam Block
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.00
based on 3 reviews

Anusara Yoga58 mins

Bad Ass Drop Backs

Jeanie Manchester

This is a no nonsense, "let's get to it" backbend technique workshop that assumes you already have a strong practice and want to get down to it in an hour. We go straight at the backbends with a strong warm up, good flow and then a pause as we take time to open the shoulders at the wall in handstands and Pinchya Myurasana ( forearm balance) We work our quads open and then into a deep twist before diving into Ustrasana (Camel Pose) to full bow pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana), and then learning to come up and drop back at the wall. A strong, focused class which will stimulate the nervous system and bring more joy and freedom to your hip flexors, and a nice cool down and Savasana to leave you calm and peaceful. Enjoy!

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Block, Blanket
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.17
based on 3 reviews

Align & Flow1 hour 22 mins

Align and Flow: Backbends as an Offering

Jack Cuneo

Led by Jack Cuneo

In this intense and energizing backbend class, you'll tone and energize your legs and glutes with bodyweight calisthenics, then explore creative flows and unique posture variations on your way to Reclined Hero, Dolphin, Wild Thing, and Upward Bow. Deepen your poses, improve your posture, and strengthen your shoulders and legs to find more surrender and sweetness.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Two Blocks
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 4 reviews

5 mins

Bridge Pose Tutorial: the Path to Headstand

Shy Sayar

The bridge pose is not only a very important gesture in its own right, and a wonderful heart opening thoracic extension pose - it is also the first step in the path to headstand, a path that begins with bridge pose and runs through shoulderstand and plow, as well. Join Yoga Therapist Shy Sayar for this exploration of proper technique in the bridge pose, and learn how to start on this exciting path - safely!

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
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Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.90
based on 5 reviews

Align & Flow39 mins

Easy Peasy Scorpion

Michelle Berman Marchildon

Easy Peasy Scorpion. Whaaaaat? Yes, it's true. This typically hard to master pose is a bunch of foundational steps rolled into a final mess, like pie! Do not be afraid. Michelle and Krystal demonstrate how to practice this beast and not get stung.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Wall, Chair
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 2 reviews

Forrest Yoga1 hour 38 mins

Forrest Yoga: Safe and Intelligent Back Bending

Cheryl Deer

Led by Cheryl Deer

In this class you will explore back bending movements in a safe way that frees energy and blood flow along the spine. Cheryl intelligently guides you through the Forrest Yoga breath work, abdominals, shoulder openers and sun salutations that prepare you for an energizing and strong wheel pose. This is an effective class that will bring new insights and space in mind and body!

One of the props for this class is a Forrest Yoga Mat Roll, you can also use a rolled up towel.

The steps to make a Forrest Yoga Mat Roll
1. Use an old yoga mat, or buy a thin cheap one at the store.
2. Fold the mat into thirds, lengthwise.
3. Move to the long end of the mat and roll the mat up as tightly as you can (sleeping bag style).
4. Once you see the width you desire (depending on hip size or personal preference) cut the tail end off with scissors. If it’s perfect as is, no need to cut.
5. Wrap your mat roll with something to hold it tight: rubber bands, fun colored duct tape, stretchy headbands, etc.
6. Voila! Mat roll complete.
Now, you have a tool that will expedite your healing process, massage your organs, and strengthen those inner thighs & abs like no tomorrow. Congratulations on creating one of the most useful props in yoga!

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Block, Strap, Mat Roll or Rolled up Towel
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.89
based on 9 reviews

Hatha Yoga46 mins

Twists and Backbends

Shy Sayar

Twists and backbends go together like waffles and syrup - they make each other sweeter and yummier! Join Yoga Therapist Shy Sayar for an exploration of the relationships between twists and backbends that will open your heart while protecting your lower back - and prepare to sweat!

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.95
based on 10 reviews

Bhakti Yoga50 mins

Give it All Your Heart

Christen Bakken

Backbending lends a yogi to the greatest sensation of heart opening, for sure. In this practice we will head in that direction, but will consider bringing our heart into all we do. Finding alignment of shoulders back and sternum forward sends the body into a whole hearted practice. Inside of the physical work, we will explore the concept of generosity and abundance in the way we live an open hearted life. Learning how not to blow an energetic gasket, but also not to hoard our sweet energy in our practice and in our life will lend itself to greater sense of fulfillment and purpose.

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
One Block
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.86
based on 25 reviews

Power Yoga1 hour 1 min

Illumination Flow

Jackie Casal Mahrou

This class will light you up from the inside out!

This is a slower paced vinyasa flow class that includes longer posture holds, alignment, and warming flow. Jackie guides you through Sun Salutations A and B that focus on hip and heart opening, and then leads you through several backbends and thigh openers including Ardha Chandra Chapasana (Half Moon Variation). Through it all Jackie encourages you to connect to inner joy while finding your edge.

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
Strap and Block (Optional)
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.91
based on 16 reviews

Hatha Yoga31 mins

Open Your Heart to Gratitude

Elise Fabricant

In this heart-opening class we will invite in gratitude along with our physical practice of backbending. To cultivate length and lower back health in our backbends, we learn to unwind the front of hips and pelvis with lunge variations. Moving on to shoulder opening, we pay special attention to the musculature between the shoulder blades. Finally, this class culminates in supine backbends that both energize and soften the heart center. Appropriate for all levels, this class will calm the seasoned practitioner and challenge the new one.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
Block and a strap
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.88
based on 4 reviews

Backbends39 mins

Deeper Down the Road to Backbends

Kristen Boyle

This class is designed to get you further down the road to backbends. Back health and healthy, safe backbending, require an acute awareness of the front body and core strength. Yes, it also involves flexibility in the spine, but even more than that, it requires strength. The thoracic spine is an area that in our daily lives of computers, texting, driving, rounded shoulders and forward heads, gets overstretched and weakened. This class will bring your awareness to that area of the body that you can take off the mat of your asana practice, hopefully into your everyday life, where you can enjoy healthier posture and spine strength.

Itzak Pearlman, one of the greatest violinists of our time, was greeting patrons after a performance. One man came up to him, and said, “Mr. Pearlman, I admire your work so much. I play my violin every day. I would give my life to play as you do!” Mr. Pearlman responded simply, “I have.”

In that powerful moment, pause, reflect. That thing that you want so much. How badly do you want it? How much more are you willing to work for it? And, what are you willing to give up in order to achieve it?

Not all of us can be destined to be the greatest. But each one of us has something, some singular thing that we are working towards. And with more effort, dedication, and sacrifice, you can achieve it. The qualities you bring to your asana practice translate through the layers of your being, into how you approach your life.

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Block
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.70
based on 15 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga47 mins

Surrender Flow

Kristin Gibowicz

Sometimes its hard to "let it go." Surrendering the things that don't serve us isn't always easy, but we never regret getting on our mat! Practicing a surrender flow with twists, binds and heart openers can help liberate the mind, body and spirit. “Surrender to what is. let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” - Sonia Ricotti

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.92
based on 13 reviews

Yoga for the Back1 hour 17 mins

Turn & Churn the Spine

Patrick Montgomery

Are some poses easier on one side than the other? This intermediate practice balances asymmetrical patterns of strength and weakness from side-to-side and coaxes the spine back to center. Many poses are held for several breaths allowing time to explore their inner workings –particularly how to properly rotate the torso. This strong, slow flow sequence features side bends, opposite arm and leg balances, a mandala of standing postures including Parighasana (Gate Pose) and side plank variations leading to the peak pose, Kapinjalasa (Side Plank Bow Pose). Ideal for yogis with imbalances, scoliosis and anyone who wants to feel more magic pulsing through their spine.

Patrick recommends using the following playlist for this class: Spotify playlist for Turn & Churn the Spine

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Optional block
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.00
based on 2 reviews

Peak Pose47 mins

Inventing the Wheel: Urdhva Dhanurasana Workshop

Angie Arnold

Props, Props, Props! You will know you've succeeded in the Bow Shape when your mat area looks like a yogi's garage sale. Whether its your hips or your shoulders holding you back from back-bending we'll use the best tools to make this pose more accessible. Backbends are challenging, so be patient and gentle with yourself! Over time you will find less pain and more relief in Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Shape)!

VIDEO

Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
2 blocks, 1 strap, 1 hand towel,
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 17 reviews

Power Yoga1 hour 14 mins

Playfulness in Asymmetry - Dancing Dog

Rob Loud

This spirited flow works towards a fun hybrid pose - Dancing Dog - combining revolved dancers and downward facing dog. Moving and breathing, we systematically open the hips, quads and shoulders in preparation with options to play along the way!

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
Optional block
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.96
based on 14 reviews

Power Yoga1 hour 5 mins

Gratitude Training

Kylie Larson

This class focuses on opening the chest and heart space by mindfully guiding you into dancer several times, half hero pose, full hero and camel. You will spend time preparing your body for these heart openers by not only warming up the spine, but also getting into the quadriceps and hip flexors. As we open up the heart we remind ourselves of all that we have in our lives to be grateful for, no matter how large or small. As we train our bodies, we also train our minds to see how abundant our lives really are.

VIDEO

Level
All Levels

Intensity
Everyday Namaste

Props
Block (optional)