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Yoga Fun at the Wall

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This dynamic, full-body vinyasa yoga class takes a well-balanced approach to the body, moving the spine in all directions and including opportunities to release so many muscle groups, including the hamstrings, hips, hip flexors, back and shoulders. As you move through the flow, Crista incorporates using the wall in a creative, supportive way, while progressing safely toward two challenging poses, forearm balance and wheel.
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Dmurban
March 8, 2021
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This is an amazing class. The first time I did it I was terrified and didn't quite make it up or down the wall into/from wheel -- but Crista really is the perfect teacher and companion for trying something outside of one's comfort zone (kissing the wall - yes!!). I appreciate how she always offers plenty of satisfying places to stop along the way in case you aren't going all the way into a pose. The second time I did this class, I surrounded myself with pillows just in case, and I faced my fears, and I was able to walk up the wall from wheel (!). That felt so magical and totally made my entire week (or year!?). I've grown so much by taking Crista's classes, particularly this one....her kindness and encouragement and humor are an inspiration. I can't wait to do this class again.

Leahjoojoo
February 22, 2021
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I'm not "advanced" by any stretch of the imagination but on the back of completing Rachel's 7 day inversions challenge, I was hungry for more, and I absolutely LOVED this class! For the first 30 minutes it's just an amazing flow with some really nice twists and stretches. At about 30 minutes the more advanced stuff starts, but Crista always gives options to modify so you won't get left behind if some of the poses are a bit beyond what you can do right now. So for forearm stands, I practiced dolphin, and raising one leg at a time, bridge instead of wheel and for back bends, I just didn't go back that far. Brilliant class which I shall be coming back to again and again to chart my progress!

Lucia A
December 16, 2020
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This is one of my favorite come-back-to classes. I’ve seen a world of difference between what I was able to do at the beginning and now, after a few months of constant practice. What never changes is Christa’s enthusiasm and ability to motivate you to try and achieve new things. She’s definitely one of my favorite teachers. Thank you, Christa!

Susan JunFish
November 15, 2020
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Christa, what were the lyrics of the beautiful song you sang at the end? Your voice is so lovely!
Thank you for the practice, really enjoyed it. The gradual progression towards the wheel allowed me
to do it for the first time in a loooonnng time. Thank you!

Crista Shillington
November 17, 2020
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Hi Susan,
Thanks so much for your kind words!
The mantra at the end is known as the Guru mantra- guru means teacher. Lyrics and different melodies for this mantra are an easy google search.
Thanks so much for taking the time to write.
Warmly, Crista

hikingfreely1
September 7, 2020
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I really appreciate the sequences in this class. Really artfully put together with a lot of work on each side before finally coming back to the series on the other side. The anticipation of moving to the next side really keeps me engaged in the flow. Beautiful movements to the wall and I'm inspired to put this into a regular practice when I finish the 30 day challenge. Thank you Crista and keep them coming! so fun!

NATS 77
August 6, 2020
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Super skilled teacher, brilliant! My first with Crista so a bit of a baptism of fire but certainly won’t be my last :) Loved, LOVED the chant at the end, what a beautiful voice, your good and kind heart shines through your teaching. Thank you.

FairfaxYoga
November 14, 2019
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Such a fun, fun class! I love it when I’m in a playful mood.

wanita
September 15, 2019
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This is great! Nice deep stretches and back bends. I found the wall work challenging but am inspired to keep practising. Thank you :)

carasummit
August 19, 2019
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Crista, what a fantastically fun class! I found myself smiling as I tried and came out of poses that I didn't even know existed with the wall. So much fun to be challenged into a new realm of deep stretches and releases. Thank you. Namaste.

doubletwizzle
June 2, 2019
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Today was the second time I did this class, and I was able to successfully walk up the wall out of wheel for the first time! I feel that I don't have a lot of natural flexibility in my back but all the warmups allowed me to do it. I also felt that the legs up the wall savasana really helped after running over 30 miles this week. Thank you!

Laule
May 24, 2019
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Thanks Crista for this class, it's motivate you to go forward and challenge yourself... and of course to ask help when you'll need it in any moment in your life, in this case the wall!! Namaste.

scorpio
May 22, 2019
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these advanced classes are the reason i stay with DYWM, so nice to have someone lead us into challenges. I have been doing yoga 20 years and have never really tried forearm stand without the wall, today I was able to do it without touching the wall at all!

MariamS
April 17, 2019
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With the wall supported handstand I was able to touch the wall with one foot for just a sliver of a moment. Finally! It took a second to realize it because it had never happened before. Will definitely be coming back to this class for more practice. Thank you Crista, a fun, light hearted and energizing class.

kapkap
April 12, 2019
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Thank you for showing us how to use a wall as support and resistance, for mind and body possibilities. Although I could not do the handstands and only part of the backbends down the wall, this was incredibly fun and a measure of what I have so far learned to do in your classes. Your spirit and cheer make me smile, even when you tell us to turn the corners of our mouths up, and I am so grateful to have your guidance. Thanks, Crista!
Anna