Binds, Birds and Balances

Crista Shillington
Instructor Crista Shillington
Average: 4.8 (53 votes)
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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.

Equipment: None
Style: Vinyasa/Power Yoga


akmcglinn 3 months ago

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.

JernYoga 11 months ago

Thanks Crista! Lovely, yummy, heart-opening start of the day.

duroc017 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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

cirvine06 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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.