Category Archives: How-To Yoga Videos

Focused Vinyasa: A Feel-Good Wrist & Shoulder Warm-Up for Flows, Inversions—and Tech Use


Stop overlooking these hardworking joints.

You warm up all of your major muscle groups in your flow. But we’re guessing (if you’re anything like us) that you sometimes forget to prep your joints—namely, your wrists and shoulders—before you pop up into an inversion. Those two joints are some of the hardest workers in your body, whether you’re in a Handstand or clacking away at a keyboard. Here, take a cue from Irene Pappas and give them the attention they need to stay strong and flexible enough to do everything you ask of them. 

Want to up-level your flow? In Focused Vinyasa: 11 Fresh Sequences and Drills to Advance Your Practice, Irene Pappas, cofounder of Bodhi Yoga Boulder, hits pause at key teaching moments in your vinyasa to break challenging poses down into moves you can practice and master. Learn more and sign up today!

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Focused Vinyasa: A Glute and Hamstring Strength Drill Yogis Really Need


Psst: Yoga mostly just *stretches* the glutes.

As yogis, we spend a lot of time stretching our hamstrings and glutes. But consider this: How much time do we spend strengthening them? Not enough, says Irene Pappas. Here, she borrows a couple of strengthening moves from Pilates to target the glutes and hamstrings.

Want to up-level your flow? In Focused Vinyasa: 11 Fresh Sequences and Drills to Advance Your Practice, Irene Pappas, cofounder of Bodhi Yoga Boulder, hits pause at key teaching moments in your vinyasa to break challenging poses down into moves you can practice and master. Learn more and sign up today!

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Focused Vinyasa: A Couple of Yoga Block Drills for Strong Shoulders


Warning: The block gets heavy—fast!

Yoga asks a lot of our joints, and building more stability around them is one of the best ways to prevent or remedy pain and injury. Here, Irene Pappas walks you through two drills to strengthen the muscles on the front, back, and underside of your shoulder. You’ll need a cork block, heavy book, 3-pound dumbbell, or can of soup. (Warning: The weight of that block will sneak up on you!) 

Want to up-level your flow? In Focused Vinyasa: 11 Fresh Sequences and Drills to Advance Your Practice, Irene Pappas, cofounder of Bodhi Yoga Boulder, hits pause at key teaching moments in your vinyasa to break challenging poses down into moves you can practice and master. Learn more and sign up today!

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3 Variations of Plank Pose That Target More Than Your Core


All you need is a blanket to ratchet up the challenge.

Think you’ve mastered Plank Pose? All you need is a prop to ratchet up the challenge. Carrie Owerko—who leads YJ’s upcoming series of video practices, Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility—takes you through three variations of this classic core-strengthening move. Grab a blanket and get started!

Want to get stronger and more resilient—and have a lot of fun while you’re at it? Join Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Carrie Owerko for Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility, a series of 11 dynamic video practices that help you move with better form, fluidity, and function. Learn more and sign up today!

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Stiff Shoulders? Release Tension with a Simple Exercise at the Wall


Encourage mobility with a quick practice you can do at the office.

Spending too many hours hunched over a screen can really stiffen your shoulders and upper back. But the solution may be simpler than you think: Take a quick break to release the tension with this simple sequence from Carrie Owerko, who explores creative ways to enhance movement in YJ’s upcoming video practice series, Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility. Here, she shares an easy exercise you can do to mobilize your shoulders—and all you need is a wall. 

Want to get stronger and more resilient—and have a lot of fun while you’re at it? Join Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Carrie Owerko for Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility, a series of 11 dynamic video practices that help you move with better form, fluidity, and function. Learn more and sign up today!

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This Iyengar-Inspired Chair Challenge Is Fun—and Seriously Works Your Muscles


Try this playful take on Side Plank Pose to engage your entire body.

Routine got you in a rut? Shake up your usual Side Planks with a creative approach that builds full-body strength. Here, Carrie Owerko—who explores innovative ways to build resilience in an upcoming series of video practices called Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility—shows you how to use your desk chair as a prop for some playful exercises. Work your muscles in just two minutes—and have a blast while doing it.

Want to get stronger and more resilient—and have a lot of fun while you’re at it? Join Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Carrie Owerko for Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility, a series of 11 dynamic video practices that help you move with better form, fluidity, and function. Learn more and sign up today!

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How to Add Spring to Your Practice (and Your Step!)


Bring on the bounce to improve agility, coordination, and balance.

Want to improve agility, coordination, and balance? Then bring on the bounce! Carrie Owerko, who leads our upcoming collection of video practices called Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility, shows you how to fuse elastic recoil play and other movement exercises with familiar poses like Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose) and Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose). Hop to it and have fun!

Want to get stronger and more resilient—and have a lot of fun while you’re at it? Join Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Carrie Owerko for Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility, a series of 11 dynamic video practices that help you move with better form, fluidity, and function. Learn more and sign up today!

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