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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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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!

jmitton
jmitton
January 27, 2019
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Simply wonderful. Creative sequencing, insightful preparation for more challenging poses, lots of cues about how to modify poses when needed, and soothing finish. Overall, invigorating!

cjfriedel
cjfriedel
January 27, 2019
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I have some injuries that are not healed and unfortunately I cannot do much in this class.

Frankie117
Frankie117
January 27, 2019
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Super class! Lots of great poises I have never done before . But as Crista says there are always more and I look forward to trying more classes like this.

sheppard5507
sheppard5507
January 27, 2019
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I almost didn’t do this class because of the advanced label but I’m so glad I did. It was an awesome challenge and offered much needed stretches. Thank you Crista!

susie13
susie13
January 27, 2019
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I so appreciate having the occasional advanced class as part of an intermediate challenge and I am glad to have given this one a try too. It didn't really work for me though as my feelings of awkwardness in the poses and during the flow prevented me from achieving the practice I was hoping for today. Oh well, easy enough to do another quickie class that I'm familiar with so that I can leave my mat feeling the way I want to. Thanks doyogawithme for the challenge.

hfortune
hfortune
January 27, 2019
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Very challenging, but not out of reach. This challenge has me realizing that I should dare to try advanced classes more often!

duroc017
duroc017
January 27, 2019
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This one is very juicy and I loved it! I especially enjoyed the deep quad stretch near the end, and my hip flexors were also feeling lively during those low lunges.

KrystleJane
KrystleJane
January 27, 2019
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Very creative, including some poses I have never done before!

plainbanana
plainbanana
January 27, 2019
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Crista has a way of completely wringing my body out, but making me feel like I'm loving the entire process. I felt like I might actually be dead during savasana. :)

Druidcat497
Druidcat497
January 27, 2019
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I may never get to a full wheel, or I may one day. But this was a delightful class. I'll definitely do it again.

atenea
atenea
January 27, 2019
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Great class, especially thanks to Crista's fun and encouraging attitude.

claire.c6
claire.c6
January 27, 2019
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This class has everything: hip openers, shoulder openers, leg balances, an arm balance, twists, fun transitions, lower body strength, core strength, and a nice shivasana. Also, that is the BEST my wheel pose has EVER felt!

Elsa Avila
Elsa Avila
January 27, 2019
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I was afraid of doing this class as it is advanced. But as soon as I started with Crista’s joyful way of instruction I was in a trancelike and suddenly the class ended. I feel revitalized. Thanks for the class Crista and DYWM

rcook360
rcook360
January 27, 2019
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Crista makes longer flows so fun and creative!

ama1031
ama1031
January 27, 2019
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What a peaceful setting, challenging but doable practice. I enjoyed the playful parts and the OM at the end. Namaste.

Pernillanoraberg
Pernillanoraberg
January 27, 2019
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Amazing class Crista! Some of the poses I have never seen or done before. Very exciting!

jerihans
jerihans
January 27, 2019
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I really enjoy Crista's classes. My 11 year old son also enjoys her teaching style; he did the entire class with me!

SuzannaKate
SuzannaKate
January 27, 2019
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Another creative and AMAZING class from Crista. Thank you!!

Suprsons
Suprsons
January 27, 2019
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great class.....I love her sweet spirit! Challenging but doable!

Nancy_
Nancy_
January 27, 2019
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I always feel "Nah that class isn't for me" when I see Crista's advanced class. But it was really great, with new creative but "doable" postures! Thank you DYWM for pushing my limits!

minus
minus
January 27, 2019
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Two years ago full wheel pose was far away, I could lift from the floor but had no bend in the back and the arms were very bent.
Today it was much better, the back had a bend, arms were bent but only a bit. The way to a good wheel is still long but I will get there (again).

tarynchess
tarynchess
January 27, 2019
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What a delightful class! The flow went perfectly with my breath, and pushing myself to try a few things I've never done before (I don't normally do advanced classes) made me feel strong and balanced. Crista even had me smiling through a lot of it.

Csteele21
Csteele21
January 27, 2019
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hardest class yet. Got the 2 backbends in - but my balance is still not there. much much more balance work to do

meh221
meh221
January 27, 2019
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What a great class. Expect nothing less from Crista!

jboydstun
jboydstun
January 27, 2019
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Invigorating practice with Crista’s gentle guidance and just the right amount of joy and humor. Ready to face the day!

Becky in TX
Becky in TX
January 27, 2019
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Crista is delightful! She makes me laugh out loud and smile through some very challenging poses. I am not sure that I ever would have moved to advanced classes without this challenge. But I am very glad that I did. sshshshswaaa!!!!

sgalvin
sgalvin
January 27, 2019
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Crista builds practices that are full of fun, challenges and rest. I often find myself doing things that I did not think I could do. Her peaceful, joyous energy is infectious .

hunang
hunang
January 27, 2019
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This one is beyond my current capabilities, but how I long for that wheel pose. Maybe someday.

Audinette
Audinette
January 27, 2019
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First time class with Crista!! A full body practice with a pace that is just the right speed and the sensation she is really practicing with us :) There is also freshness and humour that makes me feel connected and brings a good mood. And the sun and the birds <3 Thank you!

AprilKocis
AprilKocis
January 27, 2019
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great challenging class with Crista's gentle guidance

yogiAndermoser
yogiAndermoser
January 27, 2019
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Beautiful! I missed your trademark, "relax, relax, relax", this time, Christa ;)

Beli
Beli
January 27, 2019
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Perfect time for a Crista’s advanced class, close to the end of the challenge ! I loved it all, specially the different twists and stretches. I fell stronger now, and it would have been more difficult to do without all the previous classes.

katie_simpson
katie_simpson
January 27, 2019
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A Strong workout with all the intensity of advanced however a softness that allows you to do these yoga poses at every level I love this class thank you .

leelzeebub
leelzeebub
January 26, 2019
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Wow, what an incredible class. I feel like all parts of my body got a good stretch, and the flow was perfectly in tune with the breath. You even spend a perfect amount of time in the final resting pose. This class made my day- I not only feel much better physically, but mentally I feel so much clarity. Thank you Crista! I'm sorry I never gave you a chance sooner!

jessicasilverthorne
jessicasilverthorne
January 26, 2019
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Great class! I didn't even notice the missing side that others noted. Oh well! I hadn't really done Christa's classes before and I'm really enjoying her lighthearted attitude, while still giving very clear instructions and options.

jessicasilverthorne
jessicasilverthorne
January 26, 2019
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Great class! I didn't even notice the missing side that others noted. Oh well! I hadn't really done Christa's classes before and I'm really enjoying her lighthearted attitude, while still giving very clear instructions and options.

jessicasilverthorne
jessicasilverthorne
January 26, 2019
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Great class! I didn't even notice the missing side that others noted. Oh well! I hadn't really done Christa's classes before and I'm really enjoying her lighthearted attitude, while still giving very clear instructions and options.

yvette.marie
yvette.marie
January 26, 2019
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I switched Saturday and Sunday as I had a bit more time today! I'm so glad I did- I absolutely loved this class :)

jmt905
jmt905
January 26, 2019
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LOVE! Just what my hips, quads, and hamstrings needed this morning. And of course, as always, Crista keeps this practice fun and playful. Thanks!

Bonnelyn
Bonnelyn
January 26, 2019
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Crista is so good at making you take yourself less seriously

LucyHB
LucyHB
January 17, 2019
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OMG how did Crista know EXACTLY which parts of my body badly needed stretching?! This class was full of sweet sweet shoulder stretches, hip openers and quad stretches. I absolutely loved it, bookmarked to return to often!

alenanton
alenanton
January 1, 2019
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Lovely class, but is it just me or does Crista accidentally miss repeating the final main sequence on the other side?