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Big Bear Hugs

Intermediate III

Satisfy your inner growl with balances, twists, hip openers, and work towards eagle leg side crow in this intermediate vinyasa flow practice with Crista. Hug it out and let it all in.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 6 of Cultivate Your Inner Teacher 14-Day Intermediate Yoga Challenge.

Big Bear Hugs Playlist (to be played with the class)

Click on playlist below and press play when the class begins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: You will need a subscription for access to Apple Music, and for music to play ad-free on Spotify and YouTube Music. You will also need to adjust the volume to your preference.

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SSL
June 28, 2021
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Disappointed with the webpage. Keeps breaking off...

c95bohnhoff
March 14, 2021
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Fabulous! I’ve been focusing more restorative classes lately due to some minor injuries, so hadn’t done any of Christa’s classes for a while. I’ve really missed them and this was a great reintroduction!!! Challenging yet didn’t feel out of reach.

PattyRoma
March 2, 2021
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Super great class! In this eagle leg side crow, the legs balance on one arm only, or both? Thanks Crista, I love your classes!
Patrizia (Rome, Italy)

SMZalokar
January 26, 2021
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agree about nature sounds, for sure – the birdsong a reminder of spring. Always such lovely, thoughtful sequencing. All gratitude and (((((((((( virtual bear hugs )))))))))))))

duroc017
January 15, 2021
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This was fun and playful, even with all those pushups. Hehe! I really enjoyed the nature sounds in the background during savasana, they reminded me of a carefree summer day and really helped me to unwind and relax at the end of the practice. I love learning new variations of crow and side crow, too!

MiTy
January 14, 2021
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Thank you, Crista, for another great practice. Can always count on you to share a fun and unique flow with interesting transitions. I'm not always up for the peak pose but you are a treasure so I'm always happy to wait patiently wherever I can go.

scorpio
January 12, 2021
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thank you for continuing to provide content for more experiences members! this was the perfect blend of release and pushing some limits with balancing. such a welcomed change from formulaic yoga classes, the poses and transitions were so creative. thanks Crista and team

Emily.B.
December 23, 2020
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"Think about how lovely your yoga teacher is" LOL, yes, one of the loveliest!

Leahjoojoo
December 16, 2020
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I was so excited to see a new class from Crista so had to try it right away! Side crow eagle legs was a bit far for me but I enjoyed getting as close to it as I could, then I just did a normal crow. Absolutely love how Crista closes her classes, with the big sighs and relax, relax, reeeeelax.... ooh yeah it makes me so happy! Thanks Crista xx

turnerck
December 13, 2020
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Namaste Crista! This was another lovely, unique class. Side crow (which I’ve never done before) felt effortless how you guided the flow right into it! I love how you close with a chant, and the new option of playlists to go with the class is great too.

Pamelalee
December 13, 2020
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Thank you for the fun and unique practice. The singing birds are lovely too.

SamanthaB
December 9, 2020
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Thank you so much for this amazing class Crista! Also, thank you for sharing your voice of an angel at the end =D I love getting to the end of your classes and receiving this surprise gift.

cirvine06
December 8, 2020
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Such unique transitions with clear and easy-to-follow directions!! Thank you

Frederike
December 8, 2020
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Thank you, Crista! Your classes are always so refreshing , full of energy, love and fun!

MariamS
December 7, 2020
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Loved everything about this class. Loved the new approaches to the same poses. Doing a class like this for the first time was so refreshing- attempting sugar cane and side crow in new ways. Side splits with an added challenge. Definitely coming back to this one. Thank you Crista!

tinakaeding
December 7, 2020
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I LOVED that chant at the end of the class!!! What was it please! I would love to learn the words. Thank you!

Crista Shillington
December 24, 2020
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Hi there, this mantra is Om Asatoma sat gamaya, tamasoma gyoytir gamayama, mrityor amritam gamaya. May we go from confusion to understanding, may we go from the darkness to the light, may we go from connecting to the part of ourselves which is impermanent and reactive, instead to connecting to the deeper part of self which is eternal and the source of peace and love.

nadonado
December 5, 2020
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That's a lot of hugs to give and get. Crista classes are fun and challenging. Love them.

Barbara Hume
December 5, 2020
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Crista,
Fabulous, Wow and How Fun was That!!! Great sequencing, a cue at just the right moment and an appreciative full cycle of breath to right myself before the next movements. :)
The chanting was a beautiful close. Many thanks.

sng4ever
December 5, 2020
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A fun practice with various balances and twists. Love how Crista makes me smile even when doing push ups!!!!

Catefish
December 5, 2020
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I have to admit, long ago when I first "met" Crista, I was not ready for her style. Every teacher on here has an incredible and unique gift, but Crista has an approach that is unlike any other I've ever experienced. This class does truly offer a delicious and stimulating challenge, and she does move at a pretty quick pace. But she always manages to throw in moves and poses that make me say "WOW" and hit spots I suddenly realize I've been hungry to get to for a loooong time. Not to mention she reminds us to smile. :)

If I may gush a little more: I could never have otherwise afforded (via time *or* money) all the different classes necessary to experience all of the phenomenal teachers and styles available on here, that have allowed me to discover and build my own inner teacher. I'm so grateful to (finally) be a subscriber. It's worth every penny. Thank you immensely, Crista and everyone, for giving us the tools to dramatically improve our lives and find empowerment through yoga. And for this fantastic big bear hug!!

Thilo
December 11, 2020
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Thank you for putting it this way. I feel exactly the same - about Crista, about all the other wonderful people and teachers here and about DoYogawithMe in general.

freshang23
December 5, 2020
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I HAVE MISSED YOU!!!!! So giddy to see this class post! Thank you for being YOU!

LEH
December 5, 2020
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lovely. Again the pacing was perfect, with good instructions to accommodate for different abilities.

judegreb
December 5, 2020
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Too advanced for me so look forward to tomorrow's class.

LucyHB
December 5, 2020
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Loved it, thank you Crista! Who doesn't need a big bear hug at the end of 2020? This challenge is such a sweet early Xmas present, have absolutely loved every class so far and this had all the playfulness and sweet hip openers that I love about Crista's classes. The Shavasana at the end with the birdsong was lovely, too :-)