Vidya Heisel's Yoga Classes
The Fifth Yama: Aparigraha
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!
The Fourth Yama: Brahmacharya
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?
The Third Yama: Asteya
The third Yama is Asteya, which is non-stealing. This means we should not be taking for oneself other people's time, objects and ideas. Vidya also explores the idea of not coveting what others have and being dissatisfied with what you do have, and how we can practice the opposite of that.
The second Yama: Satya
The First Yama: Ahimsa
Introduction to Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga
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.
Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath) Tutorial
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.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
An introduction to Ujjayi/Victorious Breath
A pranayama practice of Ujjayi Breath (victorious breath). Ujjayi breath is normally practiced with ashtanga or vinyasa classes, but can also be practiced as a seated pranayama. This breath-work class is perfect for those who are seeking to improve their breath-work for their yoga practice, or if you'd like to simply work on the breath as a tool for meditation or as a tool to slow your breath down to soothe your nervous system.
Guided Meditation With Vidya
Arm Balancing Flow
A lovely, swift-moving Advanced vinyasa yoga flow class with a focus on arm balancing. Allthough we open hips, hamstrings and the shoulders ready to arm balance, you'll be surprised that if you're not yet ready to arm balance, or you don't want to do so today, if you visualse them, this can have a wonderful effect!! Enjoy! You will need a blanket.
Scissors Pose (Eka Pada Koundiyanasana) Tutorial
Tripod Headstand To Crane Tutorial
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.
Step By Step Into Flying Pigeon
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!