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Koundinyasana Fun I

Intermediate III
This class may not be considered advanced by some yogis, but it's close. The emphasis is on fun in this 2-part series with Crista. In this class, part 1, she leads you into eka pada koundinyasana II, a challenging arm balance that requires a lot of strength, focus and balance, skills that Crista teaches you in this 40-minute vinyasa yoga class. This class leads to Koundinyasana Fun II, where you will be going through this class again, then proceeding on to Crista's 2nd peak pose, eka pada koundinyasana I. You can find both classes together in Peak Pose: Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I, which is on our Peak Pose Challenges page. You may need a block or firm pillow for this class.
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zoeg
zoeg
June 15, 2021
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This class went by so quickly! I'm excited to move on to the longer sequence. I can't get myself into the full pose yet, but I enjoy practicing the strength, flexibility, and intention so that one day I'll be able to accomplish eka pada koundinyasana II!

djaime
djaime
May 2, 2020
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Amazing, feel refreshed and had tons of fun with the hip openings and the balance ^^ Thank you!

jjstarn
jjstarn
December 19, 2019
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The link to this class is pointing to koundinyasana II rather than I. I thought I was taking a 37 minute class but it was 71 minutes.

YoNiki
YoNiki
November 9, 2019
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Crista,
I love your classes! You make me try advanced poses with a smile!

haysnk1
haysnk1
June 21, 2019
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The instruction is good, the pace is vigorous, the peak pose is aspirational (for me)!

Laule
Laule
April 21, 2019
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It's the first time that I did a class with Crista, I love it!!
The rithm of the class is great and fun, thank you!!

nadonado
nadonado
August 2, 2018
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I get lazy and don't want to exercise...the 10 minutes before I start a class is the hardest....finding all kinds of excuses not do it. But once I got started I LOVE this class. Clear instructions...hips out...suck your lower stomach in...then I'm so glad I got off my butt to start the class. Thank you.

katie_simpson
katie_simpson
April 8, 2018
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I love this class it’s a great flow with a bit of every thing when you don’t have much time x

nadonado
nadonado
March 19, 2018
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I forget how wonderful Crista's classes are. She has an easy and fun attitude that shows. LOVE her, this class gets me ready for my day. Thank you.

Jenzaz
Jenzaz
December 18, 2017
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Thank you so much for this lesson. I just did this pose for the first time ever! I even rewound so I could try a couple more times and I think I really got it now!. Thank you so much for the clear instructions - it;s the first time I've understood the need to really get the back hip onto the elbow. Feeling lots of joy right now :) :)

Puffelda
Puffelda
August 15, 2017
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Thank you Christa for your inspiring guidance!! I did this class for the first time today and it was the closest I've ever come to doing that pose! I'm so excited and will return to this particular video again to keep trying. Namaste' -

Shelduck
Shelduck
August 12, 2017
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Instant favourite! This is like a collection of my favourite poses all strung together. Your instructions are so clear, I hardly ever need to look at the screen. I didn't quite manage the peak pose and I think I will have to practise a lot to get my hip onto my elbow, but I felt that the sequence prepared me as well as possible for giving it a try. Thank you! :)

PeacefulRN
PeacefulRN
June 22, 2017
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Not for me today. There is no warm-up before launching right into poses which my not-so-flexible body finds painful and possibly injurious (those darn tight hamstrings!). Maybe another day after I've warmed up with some sun salutations or another flowing class.

Crista Shillington
Crista Shillington
September 12, 2017
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So true, I always recommend doing sun salutations before beginning my classes! In my real-time yoga classes I always teach 4 lunge sun salutations before progressing onto these online sequences- those sun salutations can be found here at doyogawithme entitled "warm up sun salutations"
:)

Ehorv7
Ehorv7
June 9, 2017
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I had been doing classes by the same instructor (on doyogawithme) repeatedly, because I liked that instructor's style. I just tried Crista's class for the first time, and I love the pace, variety and unexpected challenges of her class. Definitely looking out for more classes by Crista!

LucyHB
LucyHB
June 6, 2017
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I love Crista's classes as they are so creative and never dull - this one was great fun to do, even though I couldn't master the peak pose! I'll keep trying :-) Loads of wonderful hip openers too, for which my runners' legs are always grateful. Thank you Crista!

coehennessy
coehennessy
June 3, 2017
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Crista, you are my favorite yoga teacher ever! So playful, I love feeling surprised during a yoga class--keeps my mind away from the hard parts of yoga and in the fun part! Thank you thank you!

Nikki2424
Nikki2424
June 2, 2017
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Loved this class. I really enjoy Crista's style of teaching. She is so fun and uplifting! Thank you Crista :). There was a good combination of flow and stretch. I am coming off my mat feeling stronger, and I feel as though I have deepened in my practice. I definitely worked up a sweat doing eka pada koundinyasana b!

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
June 1, 2017
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We realized we categorized this one as beginner for the first few days, so I hope it didn't surprise anyone! It's either a more challenging intermediate class or a less challenging advanced class. We chose advanced.

GBeans
GBeans
May 29, 2017
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Thoroughly enjoyed. I loved that there was a new challenging arm balance to master and a series of poses for me to strive towards. The instruction is clear and the description of some of the micro movements (such as pressing in the inner thighs at one point) gave me insight into what Ive been doing wrong and straining calf and shins. Watching these yoga classes I am sometimes not sure how the pose should feel.
Thank you Christa.

luannmcvey
luannmcvey
May 29, 2017
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This is a beautiful flow, in a lovely spring meadow setting. Christa, your physical strength and precise cuing are inspiring. I wouldn't call this a beginner video, however, as the quick pace and assumptions of inner control could lead to injury in one new to yoga. Thank you for teaching me some new possibilities!