Hearty Hearts


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.



Existing Comments

October 15, 2021
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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.

May 20, 2021

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.

February 12, 2021

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

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

December 29, 2020

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!

November 27, 2020

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.

November 25, 2020

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

August 22, 2020

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!

August 4, 2020

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!

April 1, 2020

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.

June 27, 2019

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

January 15, 2019

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!

October 13, 2018

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.

September 4, 2018

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!

September 2, 2018

Loved this, left me feeling renewed. Great heart openers. Challenging and sweet.

August 23, 2018

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

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

July 4, 2018

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

January 30, 2018

Brilliant class, challenging but plenty of fun and so rewarding.

January 1, 2018

First class of the new year! Thank you for your gentle guidance and encouragement and your warm spirit.

December 16, 2017

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!

December 11, 2017

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!

September 30, 2017

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

Such a wonderful class! Her beautiful singing chant at the end makes it really special.

June 14, 2017

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

May 29, 2017

"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...

May 27, 2017

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!

May 26, 2017

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!

May 26, 2017

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

May 25, 2017

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