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  • Peacock Pose Tutorial15:51
    Peacock Pose Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    This tutorial for peacock pose (mayurasana) starts with a short sequence to warm up the body. Mayurasana is an arm balance, so this tutorial is the perfect way to build strength and confidence to reach the peak pose over time if you need. You will need two blocks and a blanket.



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  • The Eighth Limb: Samadhi14:48
    The Eighth Limb: Samadhi

    Vidya Heisel

    In this yoga philosophy class, we explore the concept of Samadhi. Samadhi is the eighth and final limb of Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga, and it means enlightenment. This can be quite a challenging concept for us to grasp, but it is often thought of as freedom from the limited sense of self.



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  • The Seventh Limb: Dhyana16:17
    The Seventh Limb: Dhyana

    Vidya Heisel

    The seventh limb of yoga is Dhyana, or meditation. The eight limbs of yoga represent the path of meditation, which is considered to be the greatest tool in our yoga practice to help us experience Samadhi by understanding and mastering the mind to experience equanimity and balance.



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  • The Fifth Limb: Pratyahara10:33
    The Fifth Limb: Pratyahara

    Vidya Heisel

    The fifth limb of yoga is Pratyahara which means withdrawal of the senses or turning inwards. This refers to the first step of meditation after laying the groundwork with the practices in the previous limbs. Withdraw from external stimulus by turning off your phone or retreating to a quiet room for a time and take your attention inwards.



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  • The Fourth Limb: Pranayama14:48
    The Fourth Limb: Pranayama

    Vidya Heisel

    The fourth limb of Patanjali's path is Pranayama which means life force energy. It is thought that the more of this life force energy we can cultivate, the more healthy, awake, alive and aware we will be, and the greater our longevity. Learn about some of the different types of breath work used to practice pranayama.



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  • The Third Limb: Asana17:53
    The Third Limb: Asana

    Vidya Heisel

    Patanjali's third limb of yoga is Asana, or the physical practice of yoga. Despite there being very little mention of yoga postures in the Sutras, asana traditional refers to the practicing of sitting for meditation, which then evolved to encompass the yoga poses we know today.



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  • The Fifth Niyama: Isvara Pranidhana14:16
    The Fifth Niyama: Isvara Pranidhana

    Vidya Heisel

    The fifth and final Niyama is Isvara Pranidhana, or surrender to the absolute. This Niyama is all about how we respond to occurances beyond our control; are we a victim living in fear or can we see and embrace the beauty in the unknown?



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  • The Third Niyama: Tapas15:42
    The Third Niyama: Tapas

    Vidya Heisel

    The third Niyama is Tapas, which means self-discipline. It also translates as 'burning' which can be looked at in a few different ways, including a burning passion for leading a spiritual yogic life.



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  • The First Niyama: Saucha17:30
    The First Niyama: Saucha

    Vidya Heisel

    The Niyamas are observances, the first of which is Saucha, which means purity. Both of cleanliness of the body and the space of around us, and purity of thoughts, intentions and behaviour.



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  • The second Yama: Satya11:59
    The second Yama: Satya

    Vidya Heisel

    The second Yama is Satya, or truth. In this talk, Vidya explores this yama and how we can interpret it as a means to be vulnerable, be our true selves and see the world subjectively.



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  • The First Yama: Ahimsa15:32
    The First Yama: Ahimsa

    Vidya Heisel

    The first limb is Yama, and this limb is divided into five restraints. The first of which is Ahimsa, or non-violence. Vidya talks through what non-violence means and how it is practiced.



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  • Introduction to Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga14:40
    Introduction to Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga

    Vidya Heisel

    In this philosophy talk series, Vidya will explore Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga. The goal of this eight-step path is to reach enlightenment. Watch this introductory video first to get an overview of the eight limbs, including the history, context and meaning, and how they can relate to our life today.



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  • Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath) Tutorial13:09
    Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath) Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    A seated pranayama, or breath-work class on Kapalabhati, otherwise known as skull shining breath. This breath is fabulous for awakening, creating alertness and as an enlivener – as a pick-me-up, maybe instead of your morning coffee or before a vigorous yoga practice. This can be used anytime you need to feel more alert, and can also be used during yoga poses as well. Warning, if you start to feel dizzy, please do return to your normal breath.



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  • Alternate Nostril Breathing18:56
    Alternate Nostril Breathing

    Vidya Heisel

    A pranayama practice, breathing technique called Nadi Shodama, with is a very relaxing and cleaning breath. This alternate nostril practice is wonderful for helping the body to relax and will help to cope with anxiety or stress, and can even help with sleeplessness.



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  • Tripod Headstand To Crane Tutorial11:13
    Tripod Headstand To Crane Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    A short tutorial to help you practice the tripod headstand to crane pose transition. Starting with hip stretches then some strengthening with plank pose, this class shows us how to transition from tripod headstand to crane pose. You'll need a stable, freestanding tripod headstand for this tutorial.



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  • Dragonfly Tutorial14:50
    Dragonfly Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    A short tutorial to help you to perfect your dragonfly pose. This is a twisting arm balance. You'll start with some hip opening to warm the body through and prepare for the balance. You will need a folded blanket to use as a crash mat!



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  • Step By Step Into Flying Pigeon16:20
    Step By Step Into Flying Pigeon

    Vidya Heisel

    A tutorial to show you the best way to approach, work toward and a step by step guide into Flying Pigeon, or Eka Pada Galavanasara. With preparation poses to help to improve your hip flexibility and balance and then showing you how to arrive into Flying Pigeon both from the ground, and as an advanced variation, from headstand. You will need a folded blanket. Practise with care!



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  • Step By Step Into Flying Splits14:37
    Step By Step Into Flying Splits

    Vidya Heisel

    A tutorial to show you the best way to approach, work toward and a step by step guide into the Flying Splits, or Eka Pada Koudinyasana I. Starting with plank for building arm strength (we recommend daily plank for strength building), then some hamstring and hip warm-ups. We move via hanumanasana (the splits) and into first the modified pose, and then into the full version of the pose. You will need 2 bricks and a folded blanket.



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