The Butterfly Practice

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Join Crista in this full-body class that uses unique transitions and movements to strengthen and open your body to work towards seated bird of paradise. The practice also includes options for inversions and backbends.
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duroc017
June 21, 2021
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I was hesitant to do this video for a while because I thought it would require use of a wall, but turns out it doesn't! I also thought it would be more difficult than it was. That said, I agree with all the comments below. This is such a fun, vibrant practice. Classic Crista!

mhefuller
May 24, 2021
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Crista, you are an inspiration! As the mom of an almost-3-year-old, I am always looking for ways to infuse fun into everyday life and you are the master! :-)
I laughed, I cried, I got sweaty and I bookmarked this practice because I can't wait to return to this lighthearted state of mind and body. Thank you!!

salexh
May 16, 2021
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Crista this practice was amazing, thank you!!! Really creative sequences I have never tried before, a challenge but well adapted, and as always, I so appreciated your joy and humour throughout <3

framela
May 5, 2021
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This is a masterpiece, Christa! You include everything we love about you (challenge, joy, silliness, intensity, spirituality, etc.) into this wholistic practice. It is indeed a paradox of peacefulness and excitement. One of my favorite practices of all time (25 years of practice!). Namaste.

Cattails
April 23, 2021
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Oh, this was an excellent class to take my mind of things. So much fun too, just like all your classes. I love being able to play. Where have you been? Would love to see new ones from you, if possible. : )

mrswright2015
April 15, 2021
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Ooooooh I'm going to hurt so good tomorrow - and I don't mind it one bit! Thank you for this class.

sng4ever
March 26, 2021
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I loved the idea of the butterfly for this practice.
I did not know this mudra.
This is a fun practice and even if you are not an advance yogini/yogi you can modify a lot of this to have some fun.
Extremely enjoyable.

sydnirae
March 16, 2021
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Exactly what I needed on an afternoon in which my head was running in circles. Thank you for centering me with the strong and the silly!

Also, I appreciate that two challenging (Intermediate III/Advanced) , hour-long classes were added to DYWM in the past couple of weeks. Would LOVE more full-length classes with this kind of intensity (or hey, even more intensity would be cool too)!

ackruger
March 14, 2021
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Crista, thank you so much for this class. Your joy is palpable and I love the playfulness you infuse into each movement. Thank you for teaching me "dolphin push-ups"! I will now incorporate these into my regular routine!

DonnaW
March 13, 2021
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Christa, I love how you come up with many unique and creative ideas to make your classes so different, so enjoyable. The same old same old gets a little boring sometimes and your classes are never that! Thank you also for enlightening us with your wisdom
as you always do.

FairfaxYoga
March 9, 2021
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Pure yoga poetry. Classic Crista, with creative imagery, smooth transitions, and a story line that runs through it all. I loved it all.

Leah-joojoo
March 5, 2021
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Incredible class, thank you Crista. The flow was lovely, the story of the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis was poignant and the struggle to get out of the chrysalis at the end had me laughing out loud! Challenging yet accessible, and heart warming.

Wilddatura
March 2, 2021
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What a creative and invogorating practice! This practice-- thinking of being trapped inside a chrysalis, as we have been for a year, and fighting our way out--- it released some emotions in my body and brought tears to my eyes during savasana. What a gift, thank you.

bethoon
March 2, 2021
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Fun, unique, and challenging. Amazing class!

Paulette9
March 2, 2021
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So FUN and exhilarating!!! In true Crista fashion!!! Thank you for a wonderful class, introducing me to butterfly mudra (I love it!) and the beautiful excerpt about butterflies! Enjoy your day!!

lpyles
March 1, 2021
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Loved this new practice! Great transitions. I didn't feel like I was working very hard until in the last warrior one with fingers extended, I realized I was shaking everywhere...felt so good. Laughed and enjoyed shaking out of my cocoon...very fun practice throughout. Thanks for the special energy and joy you always bring to your practices.

Barbara Hume
March 1, 2021
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Crista,
Fabulous and FUN practice today! Loved the mudra and imagery, sequencing was flowing (and watery!), appreciated the hand balancing poses, pace was perfect and loved the peak pose. You are an inspirational teacher... I’ll be humming along today thinking about the spring crocus I uncovered on a walk a couple of days ago and planting the wildflower seeds on a hillside in anticipation of butterflies and bees.

clara_belle
March 1, 2021
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Thoroughly enjoyed breaking out of my chrysalis. A wonderful practice, thank you.

Hanasana
February 27, 2021
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Just so you know Crista, I always laugh at your jokes ^_^ and this practice was beautiful! Also, although I sometimes zone out during the teachings/stories/life advice that accompany yoga, this time the narrative of the struggle and the analogy with cocoons was topical for me, and I needed to hear it, and it gave me a big fat smile on the face. Loved the synchronized breaking-out-of-the-cocoon pre savasana. My partner was a bit concerned, though.

Nadia Richmond
February 27, 2021
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Love Crista's classes! This one just got up to my top favorites. Beautiful, inspired and everything hurts lol :) Thank you Crista!

PlantCatMat
February 26, 2021
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This class delivers release and rejuvenation. Exactly what I needed today. Thank you kindly!

cpoehlmann
February 26, 2021
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Such a beautiful class, classical and really playful with funny transitions. Thank you so much, Crista!