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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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  • Progress Your Practice: Backbends48:27
    Progress Your Practice: Backbends

    Vidya Heisel

    The third class in progressing your practice series, this beginners yoga class focuses on backbends. Backbends help to keep the back and shoulders open after days hunched over a computer or smartphone and are essential to keep the back and spine healthy. With some slow flow and twists to counterbalance your backbending class. You will need a blanket, rolled up and two bricks.



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  • Progress Your Practice: Healthy Spine and Twists46:10
    Progress Your Practice: Healthy Spine and Twists

    Vidya Heisel

    The second class in progressing your practice series, this class is perfect for keeping your spine healthy with twists. 'You're as old as your spine' is the saying and there is no better way to keep your spine healthy than with plenty of twists and gentle movement of the spine. A perfect way to progress your practice and to keep healthy every day. You will need two bricks.



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  • Progress Your Practice: Forward Folding Flow 44:35
    Progress Your Practice: Forward Folding Flow

    Vidya Heisel

    The first in a progressing your practice series, great for those who have mastered the basic yoga poses but are looking to start to flow! The first class in this progressing your practice series is a fully rounded class, featuring some of the standing poses you'll have grown familiar with, but with a focus on folding forwards. Forward folds help to release hips and hamstrings - things which those of us who have seated work may struggle with. You will need a blanket, a strap and two blocks.



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  • Journey Towards Hanumanasana58:39
    Journey Towards Hanumanasana

    Vidya Heisel

    An intermediate flow sequence to prepare the hamstrings, inner groins and extensor muscles for Hanumanasana and Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2 (flying splits).



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  • Fallen Angel45:17
    Fallen Angel

    Vidya Heisel

    A more advanced well rounded vinyasa sequence with a focus on twisting and getting ready for systematic preparation for three arm balances: side crane (Parsva Bakasana), scissors (Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1) and, for the advanced, Fallen Angel (advanced variation of Parsva Bakasana). With modification and step by step instruction for help to get to the more advanced poses. Enjoy, and go mindfully and at your own pace. You may need a strap and block.



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  • Symmetrical Backbends44:38
    Symmetrical Backbends

    Vidya Heisel

    A Kundalini-yoga inspired flow to energise, increase creativity and inspire loving-kindness through intense heart-openings. Features pranayama (breathing) to help you move deeply and more safely into a variety of symmetrical backbends. You will need a blanket and 2 blocks.



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  • Heart Opening Backbends47:21
    Heart Opening Backbends

    Vidya Heisel

    An intermediate flow sequence that will challenge, move the whole body and focus on the breath. You will move through asymmetric backbends, exploring a more advanced version of Natrajasana, dancers pose, Ardha Chandra Chapasana, half moon arc pose and Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 1, Pigeon Backbend. You will need a block and a strap. Enjoy these beautiful heart-openers and move for joy with Vidya.



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  • Mindful Hips27:00
    Mindful Hips

    Vidya Heisel

    A longer version of Vidya's popular hip opening class. Get deeply into your hips and learn a clinical technique known as PNF (proprioceptive neuro muscular facilitation) stretching to open this notoriously stiff part of the body.



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  • Mindful Hip Openers14:56
    Mindful Hip Openers

    Vidya Heisel

    Increase the range of motion in your hip joint, through easefully releasing tension in the muscles, tendons and connective tissue that surround it.



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  • Seriously Hip Flow36:29
    Seriously Hip Flow

    Vidya Heisel

    In preparation for Eka Pada Galavasana, flying pigeon. Join Vidya in this intermediate/advance fun sequence that artfully warms up the hips in preparation for more challenging arm balances.



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  • Deep Forward Folding Flow49:17
    Deep Forward Folding Flow

    Vidya Heisel

    In preparation for Eka Pada Sirsasana, leg behind the head pose. Join Vidya in this skilfully sequenced flow, which demonstrates how to use PNF, facilitated stretching, to warm up the hamstrings, inner groins and hips, in preparation for leg behind the head pose.



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  • Building Shoulder Strength And Flexibility31:15
    Building Shoulder Strength And Flexibility

    Vidya Heisel

    In preparation for Pinca Mayurasana, forearm balance. Join Vidya in this sequence that combines Kundalini Yoga Inspired movements to warm up the shoulders, as well as careful preparation and detailed alignment cuing to help you master forearm balance.



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