Having a strong core is the center of all basic exercises. No matter what activity you choose, having a strong core is a must. Your core is what connects and stabilize your body. In yoga and working on core strength this allows your body to build lean muscles and to organize your body to hold and move by using your own weight. Breath work and certain yoga poses will build strength that allows yourself to engage not just your “6 pack muscles” but all of your abdominal muscles. Having a strong core can help also alleviate certain aches and pains such as your lower back. Many of us have what we call a “banana back” a swayed back this happens when we have no core strength or do not know how to engage the muscles to help take the pressure on certain parts of our body like the lower back, creating pain. -NYV0101A
(Level: Strong beginners and up)
You don’t have energy to get out of bed? This yoga practice is for you! And you can do it on your bed, naked! This video practice contains short stretches and muscle isolating exercises found in yoga and pilates to motivate you to get started with your day. This sequence includes cobra pose, single leg stretches, and some an work. Recommended for strong beginners and up! -NYV0097A
Great demo for beginners and intermediate fellow yogis. In this video, I go through in strengthening the butt and back. This series of poses will engage and strengthen your glutes, back and core. A strong core is important and will help with fortify your body. Your core connects your with your body, with it it will activate your butt and back. Remember, go at your own pace and always remember to breath. Watch the video and follow along. NYV0099A
(Level: Strong beginners and up)
This well-paced practice will inspire you to feel good about yourself! Practicing in the nude can add surprisingly positive effects on one’s confidence. Although people think nudity can be embarrassing, allowing oneself to be vulnerable can be a brave experience that invokes strength and a greater sense of capability.
This video contains the more active variations on asanas such as triangle, child’s pose, and more. This is a practice recommended for strong beginners and up. – NYV0097B
Teacher: Cara and Rosco
(All Levels: Asana for pregnant women)
Pushing through to the end-result = goal-oriented (just like w/ sex) neglects the extraordinary journey, the fullness of lessons we could learn along the way. Giving birth is a creative act, and like all creative acts it cannot be forced to conform to society’s unnatural time constraints. The insistence on pushing in labor is a reflection of our cultural attitude that force and haste are superior to trust and patience. Pushing can be dangerous to both the mother and the baby. When a woman is pushing she is holding her breath. Oxygen therefore, is not going to her uterus which makes contracting more difficult and painful. It is also not going to her baby. This can lead to a drop in the fetal heart rate and possible brain damage. Tearing of the perineum is more common for women who have pushed over a long period of time and studies show that pushing does not necessarily get a baby out faster anyway. Practicing labor positions with your partner ahead of time can help you learn to slow down, absorb the fullness of each pause, and BREATHE.
In this practice, you will learn: Lunge Release on wall; Lunge Release on chair; Standing Hang Release; Forward Bend Sacrum Press on Ball-medial and downward; Hands and Knees Lower Back Release; Chair Back Release; Bonding and Visualization in Upavista Konasana (Extended Straddle); Side-Lying Touch Relaxation Exercise. -NYV0023E
Teacher: Cara and Rosco
Getting into an upside down position can help a breech, an oblique (diagonal lie), or posterior baby reposition themselves into the head-down orientation for birth. During a forward-leaning inversion, the uterus briefly hangs by the cervical ligaments; returning to an up-right position relaxes the ligaments. Babies that are not in a head-down anterior position OR malpositioning of the uterus often put pressure on pelvic nerves, causing pain in the back, groin, and legs. Notice wrist options. These asana also help release lower back and hips which, due to the additional weight of the pregnant belly, often experience discomfort. These asana also help build communication and clarity of intention between partners.
In this practice, you will learn: Sitting Back to Back Breathing, Upavista Konasana w/partner feet at sacrum, Partner Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose) with belt-Pull Variation/Push Variation, Partner Pinchamayurasana preparation (Dolphin Pose) with belt-Pull Variation/Push Variation, Standing double squat: one up/one down; Double squat push/pull arms. -NYV0023D
Naked Ecstatic Birthing Ball 2 (Orgasmic Birth Practice/ Nude Prenatal Yoga) Naked Yoga School with Cara
This practice is about choosing when and how to let go and hold on. We cannot separate what we believe about life from what we believe about birth. We can use sex and sensuality awareness as a conscious tool for induction, relaxation, and propulsion. The same body parts and hormones that are involved (oxtytocin, relaxin, prostaglandin) during sex are involved during labor and childbirth. Once we understand that the LOVE HORMONES stimulate the Natural Expulsive Reflex (NER)/ Fetal Ejection Reflex (i.e., uterine contractions) we can learn to build confidence in our bodies innate wisdom. Labor and childbirth can become the lived/embodied concept of the Erotic: the infinite connection with oneself, with the universe. Practicing Contraction/Expansion and finally, how to CHOOSE, can allow us to let go. Often, control leads to unconscious contraction; resistance leads to pain. Instead, even just noticing the contraction can change our habitual reaction to what we think is pain (the unfamiliar).
In this practice, you will learn: Standing Balance Pose Front/Back; Standing Balance Pose Lateral; Child’s Pose Roll; Bridge lift w/ Ball under shoulder blades; Torso Twist (Gate Pose); Hip Release on Back-roll back/forth; Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) w/Feet on Ball; Legs Elevated. -NYV0023C
Naked Ecstatic Birthing Ball 1 (Orgasmic Birth Practice/ Nude Prenatal Yoga) Naked Yoga School with Cara
(All Levels) Trusting your intuition becomes an essential part of labor and childbirth – this may involve exploring parts of our body and consciousness that have been socialized out of us. Many women have orgasms during birth, but may interpret them as pain because the sensations are more intense than anything previously experienced and because women (everyone) are conditioned to expect pain. The SAME RECEPTORS IN BRAIN FUNCTION FOR BOTH PLEASURE AND PAIN. A single orgasm is thought to be 22 times as relaxing as the average tranquilizer. Often, it’s exactly what a woman needs in order to relieve the tension that is preventing the birth response from doing its job. Most doctors, however, are either unaware of this fact, or prefer more artificial methods.
In this practice, you will learn: Eyes closed-Hip rotations/Ribs rotations on ball; Half dog w/ catcow and rotations; Squats; Upavista Konasana w/side bend, Parsva Konasana (Side Angle Extended Stretch); Virabhandrasana II (Warrior II); Virabhandrasana I (Warrior I); Airport Hip Opener w/Namaste behind back. -NYV0023B
(All Levels: Yoga for pregnant women)
I have been researching the physiology of female orgasm and female ejaculation since the mid-90s. Now that I am pregnant and investigating orgasmic birth, I am including the politics of childbirth into this matrix of hyper-medicalized cultural conditioning which uproots our most basic human functions. Vulnerability as a form of strength is key to reclaiming the wisdom of our bodies. Pregnancy/Labor/ChildBirth mirror the most remarkable contraction: What is the most NORMAL part of our bodies’ capacity is also the most miraculous. For almost 15 years, I have been teaching Iyengar yoga, Body Consciousness Workshops, Yoga and Sexuality Workshops – Prenatal Work is the culmination!!! In this practice, the emphasis is on nourishing the parasympathetic nervous system. Breath-awareness is a key to help secrete endorphins and inhibit the release of adrenaline. The Law of Sphincters tells us when we relax the jaw, we relax the cervix and uterus; when we release our lips, we release our perineum muscles and pelvic floor. There is a natural expulsive process of the muscles when they are relaxed. Pushing may not be needed for childbirth if the mother feels completely relaxed and confident: safety, darkness, warmth, and privacy are essential elements in this process. It is critical to not stimulate her neocortex.
In this practice, you will learn: Supported Baddha Konasana (Cobbler Pose) w/Oval Breathing and Soft Pelvic Floor-Eye exercises, Tongue/Jaw Qi Gong Exercise; Virasana (Hero Pose)- Horse Lips=Cervical Dilation, Exhilarating/Excruciating Toe Pose-Irrelevant Tension Focus, All Fours (orgasmic birthing videos): Diagonal Stretch Reach-wrist alternatives, Lion’s Breath-Pituitary Gland Focus, Gomukhasana (Cow Pose) legs, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Bridge w/Sacrum block. -NYV0023A
Working the psoas muscle is one of the latest big trends in the fitness world. But what, exactly, is the psoas, and how can we engage it to move more effectively in our yoga practice and our daily life? In this first session in Yoga Connecting with the Psoas we discuss the nature of this important muscle and practice utilizing our connection with it to improve our walking. After all, walking is something we all do every day, so why not practice how to do it better. We pay attention to the structure of our feet and how to connect with the Psoas muscle to move with more graceful, balanced steps. This exercise can also be practiced as a form of walking meditation.
Full Video: https://vimeo.com/102919648
In this video i show more advanced levels of The Hundreds which is the primary exercise in Pilates after your warm up. It stabilizes the trunk(torso) and warms up the core in preparation for the series of exercises to come. Though the basic Hundreds is a difficult exercise; once mastered you can challenge yourself and the strength of your core by adding some layers to it. By extending the legs, placing them at lower angles and/or moving the legs steadily and fluidly while pumping the arms you will take yourself to the next level. Always start slow and see the patterns or shapes that the body is making to prevent strain. I remove my clothes to work more freely as I do the movement. NYV0055D
Full Video: https://vimeo.com/102372271
In this video I show a more advanced execution of the Cobra exercise. It is important to maintain the placement of the hip and the engagement of the core. this will prevent tension in the lower back. The Cobra is a precursor to the Swan Dive which is a more advanced Pilates exercise that I demonstrate. Pay attention to the breath as it will aid you tremendously while doing this exercise. I remove my clothes for the freedom of movement. NYV0055C
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. I show the variations of Roll Ups that can be done as the viewer’s core gets stronger and flexibility increases. Engaging the core more and truly utilizing the breath will aid in the more advanced sequence that includes raising the legs. 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. NYV0055B
FULL VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/101055828
Pilates takes a lot of fluid energy with dynamic and specific movement. Breath is very important. Its takes tremendous effort on the body and mind. If you are interested in taking a Pilates class a good, efficient warm up is important. A warm up can be done by all levels. The removal of my clothes allows me to be more on touch with my body. In this video I show you how to warm up and in preparation for your Intermediate Pilates class. I target the areas that will be doing the most work during your class, creating a sense of relaxed and engaged energy to sustain the body while exercising. NYV0055A
1 Hour Naked Yoga: Forward-Fold Poses for Back Health! (Naked Yoga School) with Michael & Collibrina
Forward Bending poses help open and lengthen the back body, which is an essential component in restoring and maintaining a healthy back. Forward bends naturally direct the attention inward, and they’re recommended for calming, cooling and contemplative experiences. Due to these qualities, forward bends are frequently included in a restorative practice and may be prescribed to help quiet down before sleep. The instructional format of this video offers you a class on forward bending that you can follow while you watch. Poses included in this video include Child’s Pose (balasana), Downward Facing Dog (adho mukha svanasana), Standing Forward Bend (uttanasana), One Side Forward Bend (parsvottanasana), and a seat sequence of Staff (dandasana), Cobbler’s Pose (baddha konasana), Wide Leg Seated Forward Bend (upavistha konasana), Head to Knee (janu sirsanasana), and Seated Forward Bend (paschimottanasana). -NYV0095B
Too often in modern daily life we carry tension in our shoulders and crane our necks in unhealthy positions staring too long at monitors and smartphone screens. This class offers corrective yoga stretching exercises to increase the flexibility and mobility of the neck, shoulders, and upper torso. We practice on a mat and also use the walls and doorways of your home to give a deeper stretch. Highly recommended previous viewing: “Naked Good Posture 1: Fundamentals!”
(Level: Strong Beginners and Up)
Are you a frequent traveler who has to sit on a plane, train, or in a car for a long hours? This practice is for you! Travel Yoga is a short sequence meant to revitalize you after sitting on transportation for too long. Hips get tight and stiff from sitting too long on a plane, train, or in a car and this practice is designed to reverse those effects. It is recommended for strong beginners and up but is not recommended for those with hip problems as it is oriented towards many hip opening and hip strengthening. -NYV0094C
My teacher used to say, if you’re not breathing, it doesn’t count. Among other benefits, accessible, conscious breath allows for clear thought (better decision-making), better digestion, and proper use of the nervous system. We need to recognize and allow for our internal spaciousness in order free the breath and let it do its job. Necessary props: block In this practice, you will learn: Side-Bending Child’s Pose, Side-Bending Virasana (Hero Pose), Adho Mukhasvanasana (Downward Dog), Side-Bending Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Half-Moon Kirpalu Style.
When we open the hips, we release the psoas muscle which then releases the diaphragm, allowing us to breathe more deeply and efficiently. Especially since women’s hormones tend to make their ligaments more flexible, it is very important to stabilize the hips before and during hip openers. Necessary props: belt In this practice, you will learn: Child’s Pose, Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Kapotanasana (Pigeon Pose), Gomukhasana Legs (Cow Pose).
A strong core comes from awareness and distribution of strength, rather than muscular force. These poses allow you to discover the strength you already have and learn how to use it most efficiently and safely. When we properly engage the belly area, we have better posture. The back muscles can release and function as they are meant to.
In this practice, you will learn: Jathara Parivartanasana (Fire in the Belly), Leg Lifts, Adho Mukhasvanasana (Downward Dog) variations and switch-jumps, Plank push-ups, Dolphin push-ups, Setu Bandha (Bridge) Straddle Scissors and Bicycle Legs. Necessary props: two blocks, belt.
( All Levels)
Neck tension often comes from restricted habits of the shoulders. When we become conscious of our reactive behavior, we can release the shoulders, jaw, skull, and neck muscles. Necessary props: block, belt In this practice, you will learn: Shoulder Weave, Uttanasana (Forward Bend) variations, Tadasana (Mountain Pose) variations, Melon Squeeze, Namaste (Prayer Pose) behind back, Garudasana Arms (Eagle Pose), Gomukhasana Arms (Cow Pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog), Dolphin Pose, Child’s Pose.-NYV0010B
Student: Cat Noble
Standing poses strengthen and energize your feet, legs and hips, but they can also challenge our sense of balance. This sequence includes alignment and activation queues to help you increase the stability of your standing poses. Standing poses can help improve your balance, both physically as well as emotionally. The feeling of groundedness, of planting yourself firmly in space, is a great way to focus a distracted mind. The format of this video is instructional, providing a sequence you can follow while you watch. Poses taught in this video include Mountain (tadasana), Lunge (anjanasana), Chair (utkatasana), Warrior 2 (virabhadrasana 2), Triangle (trikonasana), Extended Side Angle (parsvotanasana), and Half Moon (arda chandrasana). Keywords: standing poses, balance, grounding, foundation, stability. NYV0093A
Backbends are really heart openers. When we release our back muscles and properly rotate our thighs in our hip sockets, we can have better posture, use our muscles more efficiently, and open the heart space. The spine is an organ of perception. The more flexible your spinal muscles are, the more flexible your brain is. In this practice, you will learn: Sphinx, Salambhasana (Locust Pose) variations, Danurasana (Upside down Wheel), Supported Setu Bandha (Bridge) variations, Urdhva Danurasana (Full Wheel) variations. Necessary props: block, belt.
In this session, we develop our Gentle Chair Yoga practice to include standing poses. The chair is used as a prop in variations of Downward Dog, Warrior 1, Warrior 2, and Tree pose. These exercises are beneficial for developing balance and working through the full range of motion of the legs, especially for practitioners who are able to stand but who are not (yet) quite steady on their feet.
This session is beneficial for finding movement in the feet and keeping the extremities toned and functioning for a long life. We explore exercises for healthy aging, focusing on our four limbs and particularly the hands and feet. This class is done entirely sitting in the chair, though we do move through all our limbs. This class is a series of beginner gentle chair yoga, a style of yoga that is perfect for senior citizens or anyone not comfortable moving down on a mat. -NYV0072C