Svelte combines many aspects of dance, fitness, pilates and yoga. It's instructed to firm, lift, and tighten your best assets while restoring the congested areas and improving your posture. Now let's plié and relevé our way to happiness.
Our mantra for this class is Trust. Can you let go of fear and clinging and let things flow even if they don't always flow the way you hoped or thought they would? Build heat, and open your hips, shoulders and hamstrings. Core strengthening and options for arm balances along the way. This class does include a short period of silent (not lead) sun salutes!
Join Monica for a fun flow that targets, opens and strengthens all the major muscle groups with opportunities to wring yourself out, practice some standing balance poses, fire up your core, and then use your strong center to play with handstands! Ready? Grab your mat and let's have some fun!
Don’t have enough time to practice inversions and get your regular practice in? No worries! I’ve got you covered! What you can expect: Navasana (v-ups) Crescent Pose variation, Handstand Hop switches, Chaturanga push-ups, Warrior 1, Warrior 3 and a exciting new entry to handstand from down dog! Enjoy!
If you get to a place where you cannot breathe, or you feel like you’re in a wrestling match with your body, you’ve gone too far! There’s a difference between intense sensation and pain—nothing in your practice should hurt! Maintain or develop a healthy relationship with your body—listen and respond with compassion and honesty, and you’ll have a great practice! Hips, hamstrings, shoulders and core strengthening, along with arm balances and inversions, backbends and more hip opening on the floor. Steady breath throughout it all, and a deep savasana at the end :)
This 15 minute tutorial will walk you through some exercises and tips for greater success in Mayurasana (Peacock Pose).
Peacock Pose is unique - which is why it is challenging, but also why it is so potent. It strengthens and stretches your wrists and fingers, it strengthens your arms and tones your core muscles, and it even strengthens the muscles in your legs and back. Not to mention - it is said to be good for your digestion. B.K.S. Iyengar says, "As a peacock destroys snakes, this asana kills toxins in the body."
Please note: if you have wrist issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, this is not the pose for you!
If you need a quick sweat and want to up your inversion game this is the class for you! It is quick, to the point and enormously effective! We start out with a warmup for our hamstrings, shoulders and wrists and then go over the drills we will be doing. These are what’s on the menu for today’s class, enjoy!
Crescent to Pistol
Navasana to Standing
Enjoy a whole body flow that includes pranayama (breath exercises), cat cow variations, twisting lunges, sun salutations including twists and hip openers, goddess pose, creative flows with thigh stretches, triangle, half moon variation, double pigeon, and a brief meditation at the end.
Are you dealing with a wrist, shoulder or hand issue that is cramping your style on the mat? Do you need to shake up your routine? Look no further! This Hands Free HIIT will get you sweating in no time while also keeping you off of your hands! What you can expect:
Utkata konasana jumping jacks
Roll down to ardha Navasana stand up and jump
Forearm plank knee taps
Being that Derek talks about loading often in his yoga classes, here is a chance for something a bit different: a 24-minute kettlebell flow pulled from his group classes in Los Angeles. In the video he's using a 16-kg bell, though you can substitute a dumbbell for all of these movements.
This practice focuses on releasing judgement and embracing one's self whole heartedly. A great man once said, "the highest spiritual practice is self observation without judgement" As we move throughout this sequence, we focus on becoming the observer to our breath and movements without attaching to a particular outcome. From this place of open awareness, we enter into the curiosity of it all and begin to find joy in the journey.