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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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 […]

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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) Click HERE (to see the full video).

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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. […]

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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 […]

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

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 […]

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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 […]

Monday, December 16th, 2013

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 […]

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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. Click HERE (to see the […]

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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 […]

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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. […]

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

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 […]

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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 […]

Monday, November 11th, 2013

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 […]

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

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 […]

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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 […]

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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. […]

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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, […]

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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 […]

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Nude Yoga for Beauty 2: Glowing Skin (Level: All)

(Level: All) At all ages, fresh and glowing skin is an unmistakable marker of health and beauty.  In this sequence, we will move into poses that stimulate blood flow to the face and neck, aiding circulation.  We begin with Anuloma Viloma breath to equalize the two halves of the brain and calm stress, as stress […]

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Nude Yoga for Beauty 1: Fat Loss

(Level: Beginner-Intermediate) A strong, healthy body cuts across all different cultural ideals of beauty.  For those of us who have a mainly sedentary lifestyle, fat accumulation impedes us looking and and feeling our best.  A vigorous vinyasa flow practice engages the metabolism and Right-Sizes the body.  We begin this sequence with kapalabhati breath, which stimulates […]

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Nude Facial Yoga (Level: All)

(Level: All) In this fun facial yoga sequence, we learn the exercises that people have been using for thousands of years before Nip and Tuck to keep their faces looking youthful.  Tap into the kid at heart, because we’re going to do funny faces like Lion’s Breath, Smiling Fish Face, and Temple Dancer Eyes, along […]

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Naked DIY Yoga Props 5: Seated Sequence for Seniors

(Level: Absolute beginners) This very gentle sequence was designed for seniors, first-timers, or yogis recovering from injuries who desire the same benefits of stretching and detoxification that a vigorous practice provides. You will need a folding-type chair and access to a wall.  We warm up with half Sun Breaths and a shoulder opener, then use […]

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Naked Partner Dance 7: Jumping Safely (Level: All)

(Level: All) In this video, we will go over how to jump safely, and also how to fall safely. My student, Katie, has very little dance experience and asked me how a dancer manages to jump so high and still land safely. I figured if she had this question, many viewers must wonder the same […]

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Naked Partner Dance 6: Pulling (Level: All)

(Level: All) In this video, we will go over the contrasting idea to the PUSHING lifts; that is, we will see what happens when we instead pull against each other. We will start off testing the waters, and using very little of our weight to pull against our partner, and trying to create a balance […]

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Naked Partner Dance 5: To Lift and Be Lifted (Level: All)

(Level: All) In this video, we will go over what is involved in a few basic lifts. We will cover how to be a stable BASE (or lifter), and how to make it easier to be lifted. Keep in mind that this exercise is focusing on PUSHING lifts; i.e., one person is “pushing” or giving […]

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Naked Partner Dance 4: Point Of Connection (Level: All)

(Level: All) In this exercise, we will play with what happens when partners are connected at one point. For example, if you and your partner are connected at the foot, or the hip, or are arm-in-arm, how does that change your movements? Good things to keep in mind while doing this exercise are: how are […]

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Naked Partner Dance 3: Contrasting (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, […]

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Naked Partner Dance 2: Echoing (Level: All)

(Level: All) After you and your partner grow comfortable with mirroring, and hopefully have a bit more insight into how the other moves, a great exercise is echoing. Instead of trying to move in exact unison (or, at the same time) as your partner, here the follower will aim to allow them to finish a […]

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Naked Partner Dance 1: Mirroring (Level: All)

(Level: All) For this video series, we will be going over different ways to explore movement with a partner. I highly recommend finding a friend who you are comfortable with, since it takes good communication and trust to effectively do these exercises. A great way to see how you naturally dance and how your partner […]

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Naked Modern Dance 6: Imagery and Visualization (Level: All)

(Level: All) A great way to challenge ourselves is to use this exercise. I will say a few phrases, and then come up with a few interpretations of my own. Try to think of different movements that could illustrate these phrases before watching the video: FLOWER BLOOMING, SNAKE ATTACKING, BREEZE BLOWING THROUGH TREES, CAT RELAXING; […]

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