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ratingRating: 5.00
based on 19 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga50 mins

Humble Warrior Flow

Keith Allen

This class will challenge you, move slowly, focus on breath, and cultivate more strength, confidence, and humbleness. There is a balance between holding postures, with some flow elements and breath focused movements in this practice. Being a confident warrior and being humble in your power, are both possible in unison. This class, set amongst the backdrop of majestic outdoor mountain scenery, helps cultivate these qualities.

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Level
Adv. Beginner & Up

Intensity
You'll Feel It

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Block (optional)
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 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.

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Level
All Levels

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You'll Feel It

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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: 4.91
based on 23 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!

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Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

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Block (optional)
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.64
based on 18 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: 4.81
based on 8 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: 4.95
based on 20 reviews

Vinyasa Yoga1 hour 6 mins

Wake Up!

Erin Wimert

This class is perfect for anyone who is having a hard time getting going. The hour begins with a slow build to coax the body open, followed by a strong and inspirational Vinyasa practice to wake up the body and the mind. You can expect to break a sweat in this accessible moving meditation and be ready to take on your day!

VIDEO

Level
Intermediate

Intensity
You'll Feel It

Props
None
YogaDownload Online Yoga Class
Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 5.00
based on 28 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
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Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.80
based on 10 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 10 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: 4.50
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: 4.62
based on 13 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: 4.86
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: 5.00
based on 19 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 19 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: 4.73
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
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Flower Yoga Download

ratingRating: 4.74
based on 21 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
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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: 4.93
based on 7 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
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ratingRating: 5.00
based on 3 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: 4.90
based on 10 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