Posts in Category: Health-Fitness

Naked Beginner Pilates 2: Leg Circles (52B)

TRAILER: vimeo.com/95479301
Teacher: Skye
Student: Collibrina
In this video I show leg circles.  I show single and double leg circles and how they can be beneficial for the joints and spine. Being nude helps me to show the movement more precisely.
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Naked Beginner Pilates 1: Half and Full Roll Up (52A)

TRAILER: vimeo.com/94621434/ Teacher: Skye, Student: Student: Collibrina
The half roll up and full roll up are essential for fluid movement in the spine.  In this Video I break down the specific steps movements. The “C” Curve is established in the body here.  This video makes it easier for the viewer to learn by getting a good feel of the movement.  I remove my clothes for freedom of flow and deeper connection to my self.
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Naked Step Dance 9: Choreography B (Level: Advanced Beginner) -48D

(Level: Advanced Beginner) FULL VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/93654894  
Teacher: Skye, Student: Wara
Step Dance is a high energy, dynamic and specific form of dance.  Its takes tremendous effort on the body and mind, but is loads of fun and you can add so many dance forms into it.  In this video I added a bit of street jazz and world dance. I also used a form of mimicry; I mimicked the sliding sounds my shoes made at the end of one phrase by brushing my arms with the backs of my hands at the end of another phrase. It’s some cool choreography that can be done by all.  We remove our clothes for freedom of movement.  This combination can be slowed down or sped up to accommodate beginner to advanced beginner levels. NYV0048D

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Naked Step Dance 8: Choreography A (Level: Advanced Beginner) -48C

(Level: Advanced Beginner) FULL VIDEO: vimeo.com/91678699 Teacher: Skye, Student: Wara Step Dance is a high energy, dynamic and specific form of dance. Its takes tremendous effort on the body and mind, but is loads of fun and you can add so many dance forms into it. In this video I added a bit of tap, modern dance and changes in levels to create some cool choreography that can be done by all. I suggest that you remove any rings or bracelets while doing this. Jewelry can be very painful while slapping the backs of your hands together or hitting your body. Although this combination can be slowed down or sped up to accommodate beginner to advanced beginner levels; I suggest practicing it many times thoroughly at a slow rate and gradually increasing speed. NYV0048C

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Naked Step Dance 7: Combo B (Level: Advanced Beginner) -0048B

Full Video: vimeo.com/91678037
(Level: Advanced Beginner) Teacher: Skye, Student: Wara Step Dance is a high energy, dynamic and specific form of dance. Its takes tremendous effort on the body and mind, but is loads of fun. In this video Wara and I are learning a combo that has a variety of physical formations. It’s important that when you use you arms and legs to form whatever shape you are forming that the shapes are precise. eg. if your arms are straight, they need to be almost robotically straight. At time a step combination is like a song; one stepper may be assigned to maintain one rhythm with his/her body and another stepper will maintain a different rhythm to create a medley of beats while performing. We remove our clothes for freedom of movement. This combination can be slowed down or sped up to accommodate beginner to advanced beginner levels. NYV0048B

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Naked Step Dance 6: Combo A (Level: Advanced Beginner) -48A

(Level: Advanced Beginner) Teacher: Skye, Student: Wara Step Dance is a high energy, dynamic and specific form of dance.  Its takes tremendous effort on the body and mind, but is loads of fun. in this video Wara and I are learning a combo that has all the step basics: clapping hands, stomping feet, using the body as a sound instrument by beating the chest and slapping the legs and feet.  We also teased our brains a bit by reversing the combination and topping it with a smidge of cardio.  We remove our clothes for freedom of movement. This combination can be slowed down or sped up to accommodate beginner to advanced beginner levels. NYV0048A

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Naked Good Night Yoga 2: Evening Hatha Practice! (Beginner level) -50C

(Beginner level)
Teacher: Gray
Student: Collibrina
In this video Gray leads Collibrina through a short Yoga practice designed for the end of the day.  The practice begins with Collibrina lying and slowing her breath and moves into gentle twisting, which is the main focus of this particular sequence.  Twisting poses can help release tension that is held in the body.  It is also thought that twisting squeezes toxins out of internal organs that are washed away when the twist ends and blood rushes back into the area that was compressed.  This practice assumes that the muscles have been warmed from a day of activity and its goal is to bring the student back to a calm and relaxed state. (NYV0050C)

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Naked Morning Yoga 2: Morning Hatha Practice! (Beginner level) -50B

(Beginner level)
Teacher: Gray
Student: Collibrina
This beginner practice is designed for the start of the day, to warm the body and begin to energize it. Gray has Collibrina begin with attention on her breath and warming her body through Kapalabhati. This is followed by gentle movement before coming to a standing pose and easy Sun Salutations.  Collibrina then returns to the mat for some further forward and backward bending.  In Yoga, backward bending is considered to raise the energy level, and it is the underlying principle in this morning practice. (NYV0050B)

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Naked Yin Yoga 9: Beginning! (Level: All) -0050A

(Level: All) Teacher: Collibrina
Teacher: Gray
Student: Collibrina
Yin Yoga works on the connective tissue in the body while most yoga practices affect the muscles.  It is a quiet, meditative practice in which poses are held for long periods to allow the tough connective tissue to slowly stretch.  In this practice Gray leads Collibrina through five poses over the course of a half hour (Shoelace, Seal, Seated Twist to the right and to the left and Relaxation Pose).  This is an ideal practice for the start of the day, before the body has warmed up and life becomes active and more Yang-focused.  There are important lessons to be learned from Yin Yoga about surrender and acceptance that are revealed over time. (NYV0050A)

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Gentle Awakenings (Trailer) – 0049D

(Level: All) Cast: Collibrina This gentle Qigong inspired practice is an ideal practice for less than ideal days. This is a great practice to help reinvigorate the immune system without overtaxing the body. The practice is seated and is suitable for elderly and/or disabled practitioners. (NYV0049D)

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Simple Practice! (Level: All) -49A

(Level: All) Cast: Collibrina
Collibrina is guided through a practice comprised of fundamental poses that are the foundation for a wide range of ashtanga based and vinyasa practices. The beginning practitioner can quickly become acquainted with the benefits of an asana practice by simply learning this sequence while a more advanced practitioner can use this sequence on days when they do not have the opportunity to engage in a full practice. (NYV0049A)

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Naked Kirtan Yoga 2: Sun of Sound (Level: All) – 49C

(Level: All) Cast: Collibrina
This practice explores integrating sound into a traditional hatha practice. Collibrina explores the use of sound in her meditation practice while also incorporating sound into her physical practice as such exploring the relationship between sound, breath and movement. (NYV0049C)

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Naked Heat Yoga 2: Heat Down! (Level: All) -0038

(All Levels) Teacher: Hope
In this series we continue to explore a way to profit from the well acknowledged benefits of practicing gentle yoga asana in heat. This practice does not require any special equipment just a well heated bathroom, or if the bathroom isn’t naturally warm, a space which can be warmed mindfully using steam from the shower and a towel. This is a floor series where traditional Hatha yoga poses like Sphinx pose, Cobra pose and Bow pose are used to strengthen the spine and improve the spine’s flexibility. This is also a relaxing series where poses are divided by Savasana. This is an excellent series to do before going to bed and contributes towards keeping the system naturally clean and energized and focusing the mind. (NYV0038)

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Naked Kirtan Yoga 1: Yin of Sound! (Level: All) -0049B

(Level: All) Cast: Collibrina
Like asana practice chanting is regarded as a pathway to activating the chakras, and bringing clarity to the practitioner. Collibrina is guided through a simple chant and a basic yin practice. Both practices are complementary to more widely known hatha based asana practices. (NYV0049B)

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Naked Heat Yoga 1: Heat Up! (Level: All): 0038

(Level: All) In this series we explore a way to profit from the well acknowledged benefits of practicing gentle yoga asana in heat. Again this practice does not require any special equipment just a well heated bathroom, or if the bathroom isn’t naturally warm one which can be warmed mindfully using steam from the shower. This is a standing series where traditional hatha poses like warrior, triangle and standing forward and backward bends are used to loosen up the body and focus the mind in a detoxifying environment which allows the lungs and pores to open and to cleanse themselves. This is at once a highly calming but energizing practice. (NYV0038)

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Naked Office Yoga 12: Yoga for Knee Pain (Level: Beginner)

(Level: Beginner) If we practice without mindfulness, the knees can suffer in yoga.  If you experience knee pain in daily life or during yoga practice, this gentle sequence will teach you to treat your knees with kindness as you gain the benefits of more vigorous variations.  Beginning in tadasana (mountain pose), we bring awareness to the area as we engage the legs.  Triangle pose stretches and strengthens the legs while keeping the knee joint safe.  We move to the wall for Supported Warrior, a wonderful modification for those who feel a lot of strain when lunging.  Finally, wind-releasing pose lubricates the knee joints while providing all-important core engagement. NYV0037

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Naked Office Yoga 11: Asana for Back Pain (Beginner level)

(Beginner level) Between commuting with heavy bags, sitting in a chair for much of the day, holding our arms in a fixed tying position, those of us who work a regular office job place a lot of strain on our spines, resulting in chronic back pain.  This series stretches and strengthens the spine, preventing future injuries and easing past ones.  Cat/cow pose warms and massages the spine, while reclining big toe pose lengthens and stretches it.  A short series of “baby” backbends playfully challenges us to explore how we crunch our lower backs – and how to treat the area with more kindness and compassion.  Finally, wind-releasing pose strengthens the abdominal muscles, which support the lower back so as to prevent further strain. NYV0037

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Naked Office Yoga 10: Asana At Your Desk (Beginner level)

(Beginner level) Good news – you don’t even have to leave your desk to perform some simple yoga poses that will help relieve stress and fatigue.  Even if you’re pressed for time, you can still enjoy the benefits of a few moments of movement and self-awareness in the middle of your busy day.  All of the asanas in this series can be performed while sitting at your desk.  We begin with relaxing neck rolls to release the tension – both mental and physical – that long hours of sitting creates.  A short self-massage of the temples is a nourishing way center yourself.  Next, we learn to do a seated spinal twist at the desk, bringing the same detoxifying effects of twists in a yoga class to the middle of your work day.  After a calming seated forward bend, we end standing in conscious meditation. NYV0037

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Naked Office Yoga 9: Shoulder Openers (Level: Beginner to intermediate)

(Level: Beginner to intermediate) In today’s world we are constantly using our computers and mobile devices, both of which promote a rounded upper back and closed shoulder girdle.  This series focuses on shoulder opening poses that open the heart as well, so with regular practice you’ll feel emotional benefits as well as physical ones.  We begin in child’s_pose , pressing through the palms to engage the shoulders.  Heart chakra pose takes the opening to he next step.  After progressing through Down_Dog and Cow Face poses, we end with gentle Back Bends, re-examining the poses in light of our shoulder opening mission. (NYV0037)

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Naked Office Yoga 8: Wrist Strengtheners (Level: Beginner)

(Level: Beginner) Continuing our series on preventing and healing work-related injuries, we will focus today on the wrists.  We counterbalance the repetitive stress from hours of tying or other repetitive motion with soothing wrist stretches.  Cat/Cow is performed with flipped palms, intensely opening tight muscles in the wrists and forearms.

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Naked Breakdance 6: Freestyle Battle! (Level: All)

(Level: All) Now that we have some dance moves, it’s time to use them. A great way to work through emotions is to use them to fuel your movements; if you’re having a great day or tough day, let it out! Having a CONVERSATION back-and-forth battle is also a great way to come up with new movements. There is no wrong way to dance, as long as you are not hurting yourself or others, so again focus on the FEEL instead of the LOOK. Have fun! (NYV0036)

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Naked Breakdance 5: An Intro to Popping (Level: Beginner)

(Level: Beginner) Popping is another street style, but is very different from break dancing. We will go over a few basic elements of popping- theory, IN hits, OUT hits, and wrist hits. This is very alien movement, so it may take a lot of practice to begin to feel all of these new muscle activations. We will also go over which muscles to focus on, and how to do a few simple exercises to help us discover how to HIT. Practice a little every day, and it goes a long way. (NYV0036)

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Naked Breakdance 4: Floor Moves (Level: Intermediate)

(Level: Intermediate) Break dancing- many of us picture big, explosive movements on the floor, flips, and other insane feats of strength. At the base of it all are FOUNDATION moves, and we will go over a few. If you haven’t watched the PREPARING FOR BREAK DANCING video yet, I strongly advise you to do so before watching this video. At the end, we will have a basic combination containing all of the moves we have learned in Part 1 and Part 2. Once you have the basics down, play around and find ways to make them your own! (NYV0036)

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Naked Breakdance 3: Top Rock (Level: Beginner)

(Level: Beginner) In this video we will go over a few basic standing moves that you can modify and make your own. We will focus on getting the FEEL of the dance right versus the LOOK. Once you get the FEELING, your own personal style will start to develop. Katie, the student, gives a lot of good input, and hopefully other beginners will find it useful. More advanced dancers should also find it beneficial to go over the basics. (NYV0036)

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Naked Breakdance 2: Preparing for Break Dancing

(Level: All)
In this video we will be focusing on how to prepare for break dancing. This is especially important if you have no experience with dance, but is a good reminder for everyone. Our wrists, elbows, ankles, and knees are prone to injury in break dancing, especially with floor moves; this is why it is especially important to be mindful in order to avoid injury. We will focus on exercises and stretches that can be modified to any fitness level. Go at your own pace, and have fun! (NYV0036)

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Nude Taoist Yoga 8: Opening the Front Gate

Here we explore Opening the Front Gate & Expanded Warrior. A Taoist Yoga variation of Warrior one and warrior two of Hatha Yoga fused with Taoist intention and other movements. The idea is to learn how to develop effortlessness while cultivating the activation of the core (abdominal muscles) This sequence is both grounding, activating and deeply peaceful when done properly these movements build a clarity and awareness that is un-parelled. The healing benefits are too long to list. (NYV0035)

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Nude Taoist Yoga 7: Taoist Squats (Level: Intermediate)

(Level: Intermediate) Here we go deeper into Taoist Yoga. The benefits of these movements can be felt immediately and really add up over time when practiced with discipline. Sinking the Chi : Here we gather the higher vibration chi (heavenly chi) a very healing Qi and we draw it down into the body.  Expanding your Space : Expands what is called the Wei Chi Field, in chinese medicine. This is an invisible layer of protection that is a part of the human energy field. It keeps unwanted energy out. A sense of empowerment and feeling larger is accompanied with this practice. Taoist Squats : Super activating and grounding, can be joined with expanding your space technique. (NYV0035)

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Nude Taoist Yoga 6: Warm ups & Swinging (All Levels)

(All Levels) Here we work with two powerful methods for awakening & activating the bodies energy. They also serve to melt tension and create a sense of groundness and peace of mind. Swinging methods open & stimulate the spine and channels, to prepare for the cultivation of chi (life force). These theories are also explored. (NYV0035)

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Nude Taoist Yoga 5: Full Breath Method (Level: All)

(Level: All) Building upon the idea of the follower modifying the leader’s movements in the Echoing exercise, here will go a bit further. In Contrasting, we will aim to be the opposite of our partner. For example, if one person decides to do fast movement, the other does slow movement; if one is doing sharp, precise movements, the other will do softer movements. This is sure to challenge both partners, and help to create a lot of new movement ideas. The student, Katie, pointed out that contrasting emotions could be something to play with, which is something I would never have come up with on my own! See what ideas both you and your partner have!

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Nude Yoga for Beauty 3: Pretty Feet (Level: Beginner)

(Level: Beginner) Especially for women who clomp around on hard pavement in high heels all day, the feet often become a source of pain and discomfort rather than a strong, healthy base for the whole body.  This sequence stretches and strengthens the feet, giving them some nice release from all the hard work we impose on them.  We even give ourselves a nice little foot massage!  As the sequence comes to a close, we will focus on Downward_Dog.  It is one of the most well-known poses, but this time, we will consider it with a focus on our feet.  We end the practice in Viparita Karani, with our legs up the wall, letting our feet completely relax into weightlessness. (NYV0034)

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