Crazy Eights

Josh Chen
Instructor Josh Chen
Average: 5 (12 votes)
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This vinyasa flow class with Josh focuses on hip strengthening and core strength. Prepare to move through a playful and strong power sequence that builds to astavakrasana (also known as eight angle pose), a challenging arm balance. Note: You will need two blocks for this practice.

Equipment: Block
Style: Vinyasa/Power Yoga


omurs 1 day ago

first time I tried a class with Josh, so gentle, so kind, so motivating and so challenging.. what else could I ask for :)
Looking forward to trying out other classes with him.

Thanks a lot Josh!


LucyHB 6 days ago

Awesome class, thank you so much Josh! I love the way this is accessible on many levels, and his voice is so calming that he almost gets the tricky poses in by stealth :-) I managed to do the peak pose on both sides for the first time, whoo! (previously been better on my right side than left for some reason...) . Still can't do flying pigeon though so will have to keep coming back to this class to practice it!

Nin 6 days ago

Superb class, so creative and beautifully balanced, perfect pace. Bookmarked! My husband (beginner) and I (intermediate) both love Josh's teaching. Great addition to the team.

Hanasana 1 week ago

Dear Josh - when you joined the DYWM team, I didn't think we'd be spending time together because I assumed you'd mostly do hatha yoga - goes to show I shouldn't assume. I'm happy I was wrong, and you're versatile! I so enjoyed this class and your teaching. ^_^ I look forward to being your student. Thank you very much!

Sue Tonin 1 week ago

Excellent class, thank you once more, Josh. Your quiet, modest style and lovely use of language are very peaceful and encouraging.

Skyoga 1 week ago

Great job, Josh! It has been awhile since I have done what you call eight angle pose; however, it was nice to know that I can still do it at 67 years of age :). Looking forward to doing more of your classes.

zoeg 1 week ago

Thank you, Josh - I enjoy your gentle approach to strengthening sequences. I'm confident that I will one day be able to achieve the full expression of this peak pose! My hips and hamstrings felt amazing after this class. I hope to see more intermediate classes from you in the future!


sydnirae 1 week ago

I love the pace and challenge here. Lots of opportunities for vinyasa, and clear instructions about each movement. And thank you for your encouraging tone throughout!

Question, though: I've noticed on this site that many teachers (including Josh) go to downward dog before plank in vinyasas. I've also noticed that when the back knee is down, teachers keep their toes tucked. I'm used to vinyasas going straight from forward fold to plank (or chattarunga) and untucking my toes with the back knee bent. Are these regional practices that I haven't seen in person, or are there technical reasons?

Fiji McAlpine 1 week ago

Great question,

The way in which a teacher cues the transition between these fundamental vinyasa transistions has a lot to do with the style of yoga they studied. It can also be a result of things they have learned about their own anatomy along the way. For example, I have a very unique transition from upward dog to downward dog, this is a result of my lower back mobility and studying under a Jivamukti teacher who transitioned this way. I think the best answer for you and other students, is to choose the movement that works best for your body, and keeps your joints safe.