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I Heart Backbends - Shorter Class

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This fun power yoga flow class is full of heart opening and back bending, with lots of time spent on releasing the quadriceps, hip-flexors, internal hip rotators and strengthening the shoulders and core in poses like side plank. This is a slightly shorter version of Crista's full class, for those who are short on time.

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framela
framela
December 16, 2020
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What an incredible class. It was challenging but so engaging and mindful that you didn't focus on that. I feel nourished! Thank you. Namaste.

SMZalokar
SMZalokar
September 18, 2020
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What a big, beautiful breath of a class. Thank you!

cellosimon
cellosimon
June 11, 2020
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Awesome yoga, thank you for the amazing time! I loved the "tickle-tickle" :). The equipment says strap needed but there was no strap instruction in the video. Thank you Crista!

Mhare
Mhare
June 6, 2020
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Great class. Love her creative flows.

nadonado
nadonado
May 14, 2020
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Fun and energizing class. The verbal instructions are so good that I don't need to look at the screen, thank you. This helps me focus and hold my poses steadier.

Wagsgirl
Wagsgirl
September 17, 2019
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great class, the sequence of poses leading you up to wheel are different and flow well together. I love her kind voice and gentle spirit. Def a keeper

rozuMashka
rozuMashka
March 25, 2019
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I love this class. At the end of it, I manage to do a three-legged wheel. And the class is very relaxing and well-paced. Thank you, Christa! I love your classes! <3

scorpio
scorpio
February 7, 2019
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probably one of my favorites, crista does such a good job of challenging the entire body even while focusing on one pose. appreciate the advanced variations on traditional and common poses.

lucklovekarma
lucklovekarma
February 7, 2019
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Loved this -- plain and simply wonderful, and exactly what I needed. Thank you, Christa <3 20

goddess50
goddess50
February 3, 2019
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Beautiful!!!! And so fun! This will be another one of my favorites. Crista's energy is contagious :) I found myself smiling throughout the practice even during the challenging poses. That's the way yoga is supposed to be! I feel open and rinsed and happy!

michii
michii
February 2, 2019
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Nice class. I was surprised how much I was able to do of this advanced class. Good instruction!

Gemcrazy
Gemcrazy
February 2, 2019
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Wow...my whole body feels like a warm noodle in the most awesome way. The peak poses in this practice are inspiring and something to work towards. Loved this, made me feel confident.

perfecta25
perfecta25
February 2, 2019
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Whew - advanced for sure - but Crista's sweet voice makes you forget. Love her style and the backbends were a creative mix of moves - love the mantra and those HAH breaths!

gym1004
gym1004
February 1, 2019
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Thank you Crista! I enjoyed all the twists and sweet poses and that makes me feel awesome afterwards :)

conlee
conlee
January 31, 2019
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A nice challenge with lots of back bends

tali
tali
January 30, 2019
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Excellent last long class. Challenging but accessible. Thanks!

smaier
smaier
January 30, 2019
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well, this might be my new favorite class. Challenging for tight hamstrings, but not overly so. Accessible for wrist injuries with the opportunity to test out what works for you. Tons of fun twists and playful poses that aren't in many other classes! This one got my heart humping and blood flowing and helped me explore new poses and get deeper into familiar ones. Great practice!

wrenlo
wrenlo
January 30, 2019
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A wonderful and accessible challenge to get outside of the box!

Majcom
Majcom
January 30, 2019
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Wow, that was awesome Crista! However I will have to revisit this class often to work up to that peak pose, that fun one to say! Namaste!

Maves37
Maves37
January 30, 2019
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Like most of Crista's longer classes, this one is filled with challenging poses and lots of fun. I was a little sore the next day, but in a way that left me feeling very accomplished!

nconsbruck
nconsbruck
January 29, 2019
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It was a lovely class! It was fun with some good challenges spread throughout. I was able to follow instructions pretty well without looking at the screen for most of it. After doing it once, I don't think I will have to look at the screen again.

willbewisewoman
willbewisewoman
January 29, 2019
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Challenging! I had to look at the screen a lot more than usual and could have used clearer instructions at some points- of course this was partly just the nature of doing a class with a lot of unfamiliar postures. Fun to be had if you can keep up... putting it on my "someday" list

lisakensler
lisakensler
January 29, 2019
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Loved this, although I’m a long way from full wheel!

Dnakagawa
Dnakagawa
January 28, 2019
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Lovely class. Wonderful pace for this challenge to keep the flow smooth. Clear instructions made this advanced class accessible. With no judgement as I kept to a bridge instead of full wheel, the minor modifications made me feel great after completing this class.

Thank you!

saradi
saradi
January 28, 2019
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Thank you! Amazing class, my spine feels restored!

JennS
JennS
January 28, 2019
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This was my favourite class of the challenge yet. I had to modify some of the poses after irritating my shoulder while shovelling, but Christa offers lots of options for the more difficult poses. Challenging and joyful.

Jenny Claire
Jenny Claire
January 28, 2019
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I wasn't sure if I'd have to skip lots with a sometimes cranky lower back but this class warms you up really well and Crista's cues made me feel safe and supported throughout.

brindmore
brindmore
January 28, 2019
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some challenging poses and movement in this class - wonderful 1 hour - went by quickly with all the variety

kyasarin
kyasarin
January 28, 2019
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I feel great after doing this practice. I was tired and a bit daunted at the thought of doing backbends before I started but Crista gave good instruction as to modifications. Thank you!

Riikka
Riikka
January 27, 2019
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I'm normally not a big fan of backbends but this class made me change my mind!

spiderlilz
spiderlilz
January 27, 2019
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This was an amazing, intense, all-opening class. She lead so well, ensuring my body was protected from harm but still pushed to success! So amazing. There were some insane poses!

the.yoga.lover
the.yoga.lover
January 27, 2019
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A good long class with lots of deep stretches - pigeon was so luscious! My favorite part: "If you can't reach your foot today, you're still a good person."
I laughed aloud a few times today. Exactly the encouragement I need when trying a class where some of the poses are still out of reach!

hwaterfall83
hwaterfall83
January 27, 2019
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Definitely an advanced class - which I would've skipped right past if it wasn't for the challenge. But I was happy to see that I could do many of the poses and stretches, especially with Christa's suggested modifications when needed. Namaste!

Boug
Boug
January 27, 2019
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fabulous. reached every tight spot and a little sweat too

VastuYogi
VastuYogi
January 27, 2019
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Another great class with Crista, for whatever reason I hadn't done many of her classes before. But thanks to this challenge I have been exposed to her wonderful attitude and energy and this has made her one of my favorite teachers!

hegland
hegland
January 27, 2019
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This class was challenging, but in a way that felt doable. The placement of wheel in the class was perfect for me and my arms didn't feel to tired to support me.

warz0021
warz0021
January 27, 2019
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Crista’s teaching has grown on me, great class.

ButteryLeslie
ButteryLeslie
January 27, 2019
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MOST challenging course of the Intermediate Challenge yet! As usual, though, Crista gives quality modifications and options of pose expressions that suit a lot of types. She's the best!

FutureGhost13
FutureGhost13
January 27, 2019
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I am so glad I started this yoga challenge and have stuck with it. The changes I am seeing in my practice are so amazing. I procrastinated today in doing this class when I saw the Advanced label, but Crista is an amazing teacher and with her expert guidance I completed this whole class and I'm so happy. I'm thankful for this website every day. It has changed my life. <3

Luna.Fjora
Luna.Fjora
January 27, 2019
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A bit of a challenge for some poses for me as this is an advanced course and is quite long, but remains fun and refreshing. Always a Joy to do a practice with Crista.

kowsley
kowsley
January 27, 2019
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i was surprised that i was able to do 85% of the poses in this class (i would not consider myself advanced). christa's sequencing is just flawless - i loved every bit of it. thank you!