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Get ready to push yourself in so many ways with this full, challenging and rewarding power yoga flow with Crista. Her performance is stellar as she guides you effortlessly into and out of foot and arm balances, deep openers for the legs, hips, back and shoulders and poses that require intense focus and will power. Have fun with this one.

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Angela.paki
Angela.paki
May 14, 2022
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5
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GREAT whole body class!! Although my spine felt like it needed a little something, so I popped in a shoulder stand/ plow/ deafmans before shavasana. Thanks Crista!

akmcglinn
akmcglinn
May 26, 2021
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Absolutely loved this class. Challenging but really rewarding. It was the first time I've been able to get into some of the poses (or something akin to them anyway!). Thank you so much. Will definitely revisit.

@YogaTalks
@YogaTalks
October 10, 2020
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Thanks Crista! Lovely, yummy, heart-opening start of the day.

duroc017
duroc017
July 21, 2020
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This practice is quite challenging for me. Not sure why. It feels like harder work than many of Crista's other practices. But, it still good stuff.

DonnaW
DonnaW
May 19, 2020
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Crista, this is an amazing class. I love your inventive and creative moves and the different ways you find to get into them. I will be trying your other advanced classes. Although I could do all the asanas, I really enjoyed the challenge and the way you put them together. Thanks so much.

Sueandkate
Sueandkate
April 19, 2020
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Wonderful class Crista. I loved the encouragement and the playfulness. Managed to finally get my feet off the ground in crow- what an achievement for a Monday morning!!!Loved the variations for the binds for the less bendy amongst the audience ie me and felt fabulous by the end. Thanks for all you do and stay safe and healthy

jillsinger
jillsinger
November 25, 2019
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This class is yummy! I feel great...and Crista, you are adorable! I seriously laughed out loud a few times. :)

cirvine06
cirvine06
June 3, 2018
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Wonderful sequence! I love your delivery and the energy that you have. This video is challenging yet playful, and leaves room to modify/make it your own. I also like how encouraging and fun you are.

Irishlove
Irishlove
May 26, 2018
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I enjoyed this class, but am reticent to call it an advanced class when so much mouth breathing is used. I used Ujjayi breathing which I find much more conducive to the openings and balances and a balanced overall yoga pratice. It was good to get into Tittibhasana and Svarga Dvijasana later in the practice! I didn't particularly care for the criss/cross legs up and down which felt more calisthenic, not yogic at all, especially with the mouth breathing and the choice for "fast or slow". I will be doing this class in the future with modifications in the breathing, etc., as the overall class is very opening. I also felt there were too many alignment ques without a prior que as to which posture was next (most advanced classes que you to the posture first). I do not mean this to sound harsh or critical. It's merely my experience. Thank you for the class. Namaste from Ireland.

Crista Shillington
Crista Shillington
May 30, 2018
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Hi there, thank you for bringing up this important reminder. Ujayi breath is absolutely the primary breath used in Vinyasa yoga, and in my real-time classes I nag people incessantly about it! Of course, I can't demonstrate it when I am simultaneously talking us through these online classes. In some of my other classes you can hear me doing more ujayi while I am holding some poses longer.
I also like to incorporate exhales through the mouth (you can think of them as little lion's breaths, if you prefer the Krishnamacharya/Pattabhi Jois lineage), which draws more from Kundalini yoga rather than Ashtanga Yoga, and is used to clear out the grunthis (energy blockages), as well as release tension and stress, which I feel is so important in this day and age! I like to incorporate different lineages of yoga into my classes, since I feel there are many strengths the different branches of yoga have to offer.
Thanks for your time!

Irishlove
Irishlove
May 31, 2018
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I appreciate that clarification very much. You've answered my question as I was unsure what method of breathing you suggest for the classes you teach (this was one of my first classes with you). I've a very eclectic assortment of styles so I try to do what's suggested, although for any vinyasa or steady movement I prefer Ujjayi. I'm sorry if I was unclear that I wasn't expecting you to be Ujjayi breathing and teaching, just looking for clarification on how I should be breathing (primarily). I must say, I genuinely appreciate the way you call out a posture in either English or Sanskrit so I know where we're headed and don't constantly have to mind my monitor. Thanks very much again for the time you took to write back. Namaste from Ireland.

chrismc90
chrismc90
March 13, 2018
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this is one of my favorite classes. finally got the full bind in revolved side angle!

mntmadre
mntmadre
April 16, 2017
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Yes! I felt like this was just right, enough where I was comfortable with pushing myself to new places. I'll come back to this. I will also use sparkle sparkle as a new mantra. Thank you!

Cari_Yogi
Cari_Yogi
February 28, 2017
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Crista's classes are always fun and I always end up amazed at her ability to get me so deep into a lot of poses. Her teaching style reminds me to not be tooo serious, to explore self, let go and have all the fun! A philosophy I take with me off the mat :)

pvetsen
pvetsen
September 10, 2016
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Thank you for the lovely practice, Crista. And thank you for reminding me to check my smile, I've taken that with me off the mat :)

tinylight
tinylight
September 9, 2016
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Crista so clearly explains each movement needed to go into these more difficult poses. I've been doing yoga for a long time and thought I would never be able to do crow pose or titivasana due to a wrist problem. It turns out I just wasn't doing them correctly. Thank you, Crista. I'm so grateful! Namaste!

LucyHB
LucyHB
September 9, 2016
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I was so excited to see a new full length advanced class, and Crista made this really fun and enjoyable. Some really interesting transitions and, as always, fantastic stretches. Crista's classes are always a pleasure to do, they never feel like 'work' even when they are challenging. Thank you Crista for keeping us coming back to our mats for more :-)

vbelair02
vbelair02
September 7, 2016
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I love Crista's positivity. I loved this class especially the twists and IT band stretches as I am a runner. It was perfect to finish off my busy productive day. Keep them coming! This site is too good to be true. I tell EVERYONE.

Kiratee
Kiratee
September 6, 2016
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That was the nicest class I've done in a long time. I love the space and time you give to poses and you have such a sweet, smiling presence which is lovely (and encouraging). Thank you Crista!