Hearty Hearts

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This full-length, challenging, advanced power yoga class will knock your socks off. The theme is heart openers, so it's full of backbends, as well as Crista's sweet smile, core work, hip openers, splits, deep shoulder stretches, spinal stretches and arm balances. You may just find yourself doing bow pose (dhanurasana), forearm stand (pincha mayurasana) and full locust pose (purna shalabhasana). Don't be worried, though. She takes time to warm you up and prepare you for what is coming.

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sydnirae
October 15, 2021
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5
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Fun, challenging practice! It's rare on this site to find a practice with multiple poses I can't yet achieve, so thank you! Also, I appreciate an advanced practice that doesn't require a lot of wrist pressure - those are hard to find and very refreshing.

Tarn
May 20, 2021
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Love Crista and all her classes, this one is no exception! I was unable to get to full locust but all other poses were fairly accessible. Crista offers plenty of variations so I never feel any of her classes are out of reach.

framela
February 12, 2021
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You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and joie de vive, Christa....and it's infectious. This was (I'm pretty sure) a very challenging class, but it never felt that way because of you. I feel renewed and am absolutely vibrating. What a great way to end of the work week. Namaste.

marion lou
January 16, 2021
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Thank you Christa for this wonderful and creative class!Never done full locust pose before, and I'd never done scorpion so painlessly in my shoulders & lower back. Your voice & cues are so inspiring & helpful, you really have a gift <3

ÀfricaRM
December 29, 2020
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What a wonderful class! After a nice and sweet warmup flow, Crista takes you through a series of asanas that will strecht and open all your body. Some of them are challenging, but you may skip them or make some easier variant and follow the flow. At the end, you find yourself open and full of warmth. And please, do not skip Crista's final meditation. Beautiful! PS: And the flowers are really a wonderful background. Thank you, Crista!

bronniem
November 27, 2020
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My first time trying this class. Oh wow my shoulders feel amazing ! Got a way to go to manage pincha and scorpion but still a great class.

duroc017
November 25, 2020
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I don't know why I never did this practice before, but it is truly awesome! Crista is the best.

DonnaW
August 22, 2020
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Crista - I only do your free classes, but you tempt me to sign up as I would love access to all your wonderfulness! I just finished your hearty hearts class and feel so relaxed and open. Your unique entry and exit to different moves is what makes your classes so intriguing and keeps me coming back for more. I usually only do your advanced, but might try more intermediate 111 classes just to experience more! Thanks and keep the advanced (and all) classes coming!

kaylee1706
August 4, 2020
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Love, love this class. My hips, chest, and shoulders all feel so open after this! Slow, steady pace and a lot of strengthening for the shoulders. Thanks for another beautiful class!

nadonado
April 1, 2020
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Crista makes exercising fun. The class looks so easy but made me work so hard. I love that. Although this is a little longer than my usual length of classes, I love it. Thank you.

scorpio
June 27, 2019
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please more crista classes! her advanced classes are just incredible, full body, challenging and so rewarding

dosbo
January 15, 2019
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What a beautiful sequence of heart openers. I had done this class months ago and remembered how great my back and shoulders felt after dolphin pose, but the first half of the sequence opens them up so much prior to that. I love how this flow relaxes me and releases my traps and mid back, but also pays attention to hips, hamstrings and quads. Definitely one I come back to after too much computer and desk time.

I can only hope that some day I can do full dolphin, full locust and salambhasana with eagle arms!

FairfaxYoga
October 13, 2018
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I don’t typically comment, but I was so moved at the end of this class, that I was compelled to write. Crista, your classes are a blessing in my life. Your teaching style, your flows, your spirituality all speak to me and have helped me grow, both in my yoga practice and as a person. I left this class feeling transcendence and gratitude for the body and life that I am blessed to enjoy. Thank you, Crista.

beccamcdonald
September 4, 2018
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So glad I clicked on this class this morning -- it's already rocketed into my favorites. Crista's concise instruction allows space for the student to color their practice with whatever they need. Thank you so much for this!

StaceyAnanda
September 2, 2018
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Loved this, left me feeling renewed. Great heart openers. Challenging and sweet.

Crivero75
August 23, 2018
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I've been really enjoying Crista´s classes in the morning. I love the mantra singing at the end. Its such a great way to end a class and start my day. I would like to know how to find the mantras so I can learn them as well. It would be an added bonus if Crista could write them in the description. Thanks Crista

Crista Shillington
August 27, 2018
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So glad you enjoyed it!
:)
The mantra at the end is:
Om Hrim Namah Shivaya
Tas Mai Shri Gurave Namaha
A translation I like is:
I honour the Supreme Consciousness as the Universal Divine resonance that vibrates within my heart
Thanks!

buscocent
July 4, 2018
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Thank you Crista for bringing me such into such present release and enjoyment. I actually thought I was gonna miss my music, but you managed your way into my bones and spirit and got me flowing on your rhythm. It was almost musical, loved it <3

alenanton
January 30, 2018
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Brilliant class, challenging but plenty of fun and so rewarding.

SylvanRiver
January 1, 2018
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First class of the new year! Thank you for your gentle guidance and encouragement and your warm spirit.

Jenzaz
December 16, 2017
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This class is really just perfect. Even though it is advanced with challenging peak poses, the pace is steady and I finished it feeling very well-rested and restored and not exhausted. Exactly what a yoga class should do. Crista really embodies the joy of yoga. Thank you so much!

mntmadre
December 11, 2017
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Love this class. Two of the poses are a challenge for me and that’s good! I love the singing Crista does. Maybe we can get some clips or recordings just of that. Thank you!

HeatherSue
September 30, 2017
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This class is one of my all time favourites! It combines the juiciest heart openers, and I even learned a few new shoulder stretches that I now incorporate into my daily home practice. The peak poses keep me inspired and motivated to continue working on my weaker areas. I'm so grateful to Christa and the DYWM team for this beautiful class :)

Ken Cali Dood
July 4, 2017
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Such a wonderful class! Her beautiful singing chant at the end makes it really special.

Adventuress42
June 14, 2017
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When I saw this was for back bends I thought wheel pose. What a lovely, wonderful and unique class.

limor
May 29, 2017
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"if you're a guy, I don't know what you have to do with your bits and pieces"..... she killed me...(-: hilarious!
we need more people like Christa in the world...

LucyHB
May 27, 2017
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I love it when I come to this site without a clear idea of what class I want to do, and find a new full length class from one of my favourite teachers! This is great stuff, I love how inventive Crista's classes are, and I know I need to work on my shoulder strength. The forearm stand and the locust are still beyond me, but good to have a challenge! The rest of the class is actually quite restful and calming - and one thing I always love about Crista's classes is that they always have sweet hip openers which as a runner I really appreciate. LOVED the leg stretches near the end, too. Great stuff, I'll be coming back to this one!

KlesySmash
May 26, 2017
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I've been toying with the idea of attempting an advanced class and I am so glad I decided to try this class out! I was also very excited for a new Crista class! This class is paced well and Crista always offers options so you can work toward the full pose, I can't wait to try this one again! Thank you for this!

Kiratee
May 26, 2017
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Hurray! You're back :) So excited to see a new class from you and it was wonderful, as usual - loved the shoulder openers especially. Thank you thank you - oh, and have you ever thought about releasing a cd? (haha, do they even make cd's anymore? Showing my age ;)) - you have such a beautiful voice. <3

pvetsen
May 25, 2017
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YES. THANK YOU. I was so so so excited when I saw a new advanced video from Christa and I was not disappointed (to say the least). It always amazes me how she seamlessly integrates a rigorous practice, moments of rest, and so much play into every class! You are a sweet yoga angel Christa, thank you thank you thank youuuuuuu <3