Vidya Heisel's Yoga Classes

  • Forearm Balance Tutorial07:12
    Forearm Balance Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    A tutorial for pincha mayurasana, or forearm balance. Build strength and confidence with some preparatory poses, then learn the correct and safe way to enter and hold this asana, using props if need be. You will need a strap, block and your mat against a wall.



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  • Headstand Tutorial08:54
    Headstand Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    This yoga pose tutorial offers two variations of the headstand; the standard headstand and the tripod headstand. If you have never tried headstand before, this is a great place to start. It is also a handy reminder on alignment for those more experienced in this pose.



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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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  • Fiery Yoga for the Hips31:45
    Fiery Yoga for the Hips

    Vidya Heisel

    A yoga class to deepen, strengthen and open the hips, moving to a peak pose of Crescent Moon. Start with sun salutations, then prepare the body with backbends. You will need access to a clear wall, as we use a wall first of all for a modified inverted Crescent Moon, and then to deepen our crescent. You will need two blocks, a strap and a blanket.



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  • Shoulder Stand Tutorial08:13
    Shoulder Stand Tutorial

    Vidya Heisel

    A shoulder stand tutorial which works through the preparations to build up to this inversion. If you're not quite ready for a shoulder stand, use this class to find suitable alternatives and learn how to grow your strength and confidence. You may want to place your mat by and will need 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 Sixth Limb: Dharana08:50
    The Sixth Limb: Dharana

    Vidya Heisel

    Patanjali's sixth limb of yoga is Dharana, which means concentration. This limb is all about refining your ability to focus and concentrate, so your mind doesn't wander and resist the practice.



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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 Second Niyama: Santosha07:02
    The Second Niyama: Santosha

    Vidya Heisel

    The second Niyama is Santosha, which means contentment. We can look at this Niyama in a couple of ways; to practice contentment with who we are and what we have, and to practice the Yama of Aparigraha, or freedom from greed.



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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 Fifth Yama: Aparigraha09:43
    The Fifth Yama: Aparigraha

    Vidya Heisel

    The fifth and final Yama is Aparigraha, which means 'freedom from greed'. This is one of the key tenants of Buddhism; that we are suffering because we are full of desire. Our ego is always needing or craving something, but our true self is already whole. More things does not necessarily fulfil that hole inside of us!



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  • The Fourth Yama: Brahmacharya20:24
    The Fourth Yama: Brahmacharya

    Vidya Heisel

    The fourth Yama is Brahmacharya, which means celebacy. Traditionally in India, young men would choose between being a wandering yogi or a householder, but today it is acceptable to practice a spiritual life and yoga, and be a householder. But how is this Yama relevent to our lives today in the West when celebacy is not a common way to live?



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  • The Fourth Niyama: Svadyaya09:47
    The Fourth Niyama: Svadyaya

    Vidya Heisel

    The fourth Nimaya is Svadyaya, or study. Traditional it relates to the study of the scriptures which resonate with you. But it also means self-study; contemplating ones own mind, motivations and human nature.



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