Fast-paced yoga offers a satisfying workout because of the strong demands it places on the body. While you may be dripping with sweat and begging for mercy, you will find that you’re thrilled with the results. If you think yoga isn’t a “real workout” because it’s of its slow pace and calm nature, fast-paced yoga will make you eat your words. This energetic yoga style has you constantly switching from one pose to the next, and it is expressly practiced daily – that’s right, even if you’re still sore from the previous day’s workout. Not only can challenging yoga be great for the body, but it can also work wonders on the mind. There’s no greater feeling than finally being able to hold yourself up in the crane pose, or knowing that you’ve improved your flexibility enough to execute frog pose with your legs flat against the ground. There’s no question that you’re in the best shape of your life when you can remain in poses like these for an extended period of time. Perfecting these poses can take months or even years, but the challenge pays off in the end.Yoga Dance Party by Emilie Perz
1. Exploring Wheel: Advanced Practice
All roads lead to full wheel pose, or Urdhva Dhanurasana. Grokker Yoga Expert, Christy Evans, focuses on an advanced preparatory sequence to ease the body into this powerful posture. Deep back bends allow us to open our hearts and awaken the central channel of the body for a deeply revitalizing increase in energy. Experience loving compassion from the inside out in this Grokker Premium video. If your looking for a lighter practice with elementary modifications for wheel pose, visit Christy's Exploring Wheel Pose collection for both beginner and intermediate classes.
2. Water Element: Vinyasa Energy Flow
Go with the flow. This Water based practice, part 2 in a 6-part series, invites you to 'ride the wave' through dynamic and rhythmic breath and body movements. In this Grokker Premium video, this fluid sequence fosters a playful exploration as we move through a circular (mandala) pattern around the yoga mat. Grokker Yoga Expert, Christy Evans, focuses on hip opening postures that are emphasized as we connect to our orange energy center for play (lila), creativity, and permission to go with the flow on and off of the yoga mat.
3. Handstand: Intermediate Practice
Handstand is an invitation to soften and honor your experience of fear, and playfully move beyond this limiting boundary into a state of deep core integration. Christy Evans will guide you into your core, and out of your fear. This Grokker premium video on Power Vinyasa is appropriate for all levels. For a more challenging practice, visit the other videos within the Exploring Handstand collection by Christy.
4. 20 min Beginner Total Body Body Yoga, Tone & Cardio Workout
FULL-BODY BLASTER AND YOGA! GET A total body make over in only 18 minutes. This workout burns 186 - 255 calories. Work your abs, core, legs, butt, and more. Do these moves 3 times a week with 30-90 seconds rest in between sets. Use 3-5 pound dumbbells with this exercise. Men, triple the poundage.
5. Power Yoga for Strength
Challenge yourself with this strengthening power yoga sequence. Enjoy the benefit of "hot yoga" by heating your body from the inside out. Fire yourself up, lengthen and tone your muscles and feel the flow of prana from your fingertips to your toes.
6. 5 Yoga Poses You're Doing Wrong
I'm not much for rules; every body is different and needs to follow their own rules of alignment. But there are technical fundamentals for engaging the right muscles in these 5 strength poses that, once acquired, enhance your mind-body awareness and reduce risk of injury for these and other strength exercises in yoga and everything else you do.
7. 15 minute yoga video for strength
15 minute guided yoga sequence that is good for the whole body. Suitable for people with a little experience with yoga - definitely not for absolute beginners. Always work within a pain-free range. Great for the chest and shoulders, and building core strength.
8. 30 Minute Creative Power Flow
This is a 30 minute instructional power yoga that asks you not to use a mat (just for fun - to get out of our comfort zones.
9. Handstand: Basic Practice
Join in on this playful sequence that explores how to do a handstand! This beginner sequence will help you prep the body for the full-body posture which includes working the core, shoulders, and opening up the hamstrings. Can't get enough of this handstand sequence and you want more? The good news is Grokker Yoga Expert, Christy Evans, has an Exploring Handstand collection. Check it out!
10. Intermediate Bird of Paradise - Svarga Dvijasana Pose
Get ready to fly! In this reparatory video you will focus on preparing the hamstrings, hips, shoulders, and the side of the body for Svarga Dvidasana, or Bird of Paradise. Grokker Yoga Expert, Christy Evans, has offered modifications in this Grokker Premium video to make the pose accessible to beginners. If your looking for a challenge or would like to further explore this pose, you are invited to view Christy's Exploring Bird of Paradise collection.