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Posted on July 29th, 2014

Get Happy in Week Three of Our Free Online Film Festival!

We hope you've enjoyed the first two weeks of our free online film festival, and welcome to week three. This week's focus is on happiness and gratitude. Learn the ten keys to living a happy life, how to combat negative self-talk, and much more.  All selections from this festival will be available for the full duration of the guide, so there's lots of time to catch up if you're just joining us today. 

Coming soon, as a MyYoga member, you will also have access to all of the content on Gaiam TV, including their library of over 3000 videos. This guide is an exclusive look into that library, and features a specially chosen sampling of the films, documentaries and shorts that your membership will include after the launch of our extended community mid-August. 

Know someone who’d enjoy and benefit from this series? Feel free to share. These are the types of films you'll want to discuss after the credits roll, so join the discussion on our Facebook page and in the comments section under the current week's video releases.

Film Festival Schedule: Week Three

The Happiness Prescription

Happiness. We spend our time, money and even our lives searching for it, but how do we achieve one of life's most coveted offerings? In this groundbreaking work, Deepak Chopra offers us a powerful approach to possessing the most ethereal of mindsets.

Gratitude

Take notice of how much progress you have made as you move forward with courage and an open heart.

Check in next Tuesday for the final week's selections. 


Tags: Wellness, self-help, documentary, happiness, Deepak Chopra, GaiamTV, Online FIlm Festival

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Posted on July 22nd, 2014

Introducing Week Two of Our Free Online Film Festival

We hope you enjoyed week one of our free online film festival, and welcome to week two. This week's focus is on harnessing the power that lies inside of all of us. All selections from this festival will be available for the full duration of the guide, so there's lots of time to catch up if you're just joining us today. 

Coming soon, as a MyYoga member, you will also have access to all of the content on Gaiam TV, including their library of over 3000 videos. This guide is an exclusive look into that library, and features a specially chosen sampling of the films, documentaries and shorts that your membership will include after the launch of our extended community mid-August. 

Know someone who’d enjoy and benefit from this series? Feel free to share. These are the types of films you'll want to discuss after the credits roll, so join the discussion on our Facebook page and in the comments section under that videos release.

Film Festival Schedule: Week Two

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds

There is one vibratory field that connects all things. It has been called Akasha, Logos, the primordial OM, the music of the spheres, the Higgs field, dark energy and a thousand other names throughout history. Learn more about it in this awe-inspiring documentary. 

Women of Bhakti

Take a journey into the lives of historical and modern devotees of bhakti yoga. Women of Bhakti offers an enlightening understanding of the bhakti, or devotional tradition, and its relation to modern yoga practice.

Check in every Tuesday for the next week's selections. 


Tags: energy, law of attraction, source, Film Festival, Gaiam TV

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Posted on July 15th, 2014

Enjoy Week One of Our Free Online Film Festival

Join us to expand your mind, empower your spirit and enhance your well-being with our weekly film selections, released every Tuesday from July 15th to August 15th. Access is free as long as you have a My Yoga Online account.

This online film festival is a little bit different than anything we've previously offered. Coming soon, as a MyYoga member, you will also have access to all of the content on Gaiam TV, including their library of over 3000 videos. This guide is an exclusive look into that library, and features a specially chosen sampling of the films, documentaries and shorts that your membership will include after the launch of our extended community mid-August. 

Know someone who’d enjoy and benefit from this series? Feel free to share. These are the types of films you'll want to discuss after the credits roll, so join the discussion on our Facebook page and in the comments section under that videos release.

Enjoy our first week's selection of films by clicking here. 

Film Festival Schedule: Week One

Tuesday, July 15th

The Living Matrix

This film uncovers new ideas about the intricate web of factors that determine our health. It features a group of dedicated scientists, psychologists, bioenergetic researchers and holistic practitioners who are finding healing potential in new places. 

Ayurveda Action Plan

Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicine that has been practiced in India for centuries. Enjoy three episodes from this informative series on breathing, meditation and more. 

Check in every Tuesday for the next week's selections. 


Tags: energy, healing, Film Festival, GaiamTV, MyYoga

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Posted on July 12th, 2014

Exciting Changes Are Coming: MyYoga News

A Message From Michelle Trantina, President of MyYoga

Nine years ago my husband Jason and I launched MyYoga Online. It was a bold dream and many thought we were crazy, but we wanted to bring yoga to the world. Several months ago we shared with you the news of our merger with GaiamTV--a lifestyle streaming portal with over 6,000 titles.

In the coming months, MyYoga's look and feel will be changing in new and exciting ways. Your membership will include even more yoga practices with even more teachers (including the MYO instructors you know and love), and a new selection of fitness videos. You'll also have access to a wealth of new content, including the latest in integrative nutrition, Ayurveda, meditation, spirituality, personal growth and so much more. You'll have new opportunities to expand your mind, empower your spirit and enhance your well-being by supplementing your practice with Gaiam TV's vast library of thousands of groundbreaking videos. And don't worry, you'll still have access to all of your favorite MyYoga selections, too.



We will also continue to offer you our monthly practice guides and progressive series, and our library of articles on yoga, teacher training, nutrition and health will continue to grow. For all of this, our membership will continue to be only $9.95 a month.

Thank you so much for all of your love and support over the years. We hope you're as excited as we are for this new chapter in MyYoga's evolution.


Tags: Yoga, gaiam, MyYoga News, Merger with Gaiam, changes are coming, increased content, Jillian Michaels, Documentaries, Film Festival

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Posted on July 8th, 2014

Discovering a Safe Place to Feel: A Spotlight on Faith Hunter

Committed to living a life of soulful freedom, every day Faith Hunter aims to both inspire and be inspired by the possibilities that life has to offer. Her classes are playful and informative, and she encourages her students to take advantage of the joyous learning environment she provides as they explore their divine flow both on and off the mat.

Faith's practice began during her brother's difficult transition from life to death after being diagnosed with HIV. Yoga became an opportunity for her to let go of the feelings that she was holding on to. "It was also this really amazing and safe place for me to cry."

Through teaching yoga in Haiti, Faith has learned about the true resilience of people. She is a strong believer in the power of hope and transformation for healing and empowerment.

"Time is flying by, things are happening a lot faster in my life, but I don't feel like I'm aging. Yoga definitely has a part to do with it, but I think part of it is also my outlook on life."

Click here to watch Faith Hunter's Spotlight Video 

 


Tags: death, faith hunter, Spiritually Fly, Haiti, HIV, soulful freedom, resilience

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Posted on June 30th, 2014

Enter Our Shake Your Asana Contest!

Join our Shake Your Asana Photo Contest to Win a Pair of Capri Pants and A Bra Top by Onzie - a $98 value! 

Here at My Yoga Online, we believe that having fun is good for the soul, even in your yoga practice! Shakin' things up is the spice of life, and from July 1st to July 7th, we want to see you have some fun! Whether you are in a park, in the streets or decked out in 80's attire, share photos of your playful practice on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShakeYourAsana to win. The more creative the better! 

One lucky winner will recieve a prize from Onzie! 

Onzie is giving away a pair of capri pants and a criss-cross bra top - you choose the print and the size! Cute and comfortable, they are perfect to wear to and from your yoga class, hot yoga included- a $98 value! 

Created by a 20 year Bikram Yogi, Onzie blends the best of traditional yoga wear with modern innovation and a touch of whimsy. The result? Active apparel that is functional, flexible and flattering. At Onzie their philosophy is "keep your practice challenging, and your wardrobe simple!"

ENTER TO WIN IN FOUR EASY STEPS:

1. Follow My Yoga Online on Instgram and/or Twitter @myyogaonline

2. Follow Onzie on Instagram @Onzie

3. Tag photos of your playful practice with #ShakeYourAsana and @myyogaonline

4. Be an active participant! Like, comment and share other #ShakeYourAsana photos. 

Make sure to Follow and Like Onzie on Social Media!

Onzie on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

The winner will be announced on July 8th. Please note that only photos taken within the contest period (July 1st to July 7th) will be considered. 

The fine print: Click here to read the offical contest rules. 


Tags: Yoga, Wellness, MyYogaOnline, Contest, giveaway, fitness, myyogaonlinetwitter, yogacontest, yogagiveaway, instagramcontest, myyogaonlineinstagram, onzie, onziegiveaway, freeclothes, shakeyourasana

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Posted on June 24th, 2014

Yoga as Medicine: A Spotlight on Ryan Leier

“To me, yoga is my connection to my Self, my center…it’s my medicine. Yoga has given me the power to stay present when I need to get out. Yoga has been...a lifesaver for me.”

Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings a creative energy to every class he teaches; whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. With a distinct expression of ancient traditions that touches his students’ hearts, Ryan’s commitment to honoring his teachers leads him to be equally devoted to continuing his studies as he is to teaching.

Ryan is primarily a student of the Krishamacharya yoga lineage having received teachings directly from the Master, Sri BKS Iyengar and the Ashtanga Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He has also studied closely with many other extraordinary teachers including Father Joe Pereira ; Baron Baptiste; Dina T; Danny Paradise; Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane; and Srivatsa Ramaswami.

Drawing profound inspiration from his daughters, Ryan created Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, an innovative non-profit organization designed to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of youth ages 5-22 through the empowering practice of yoga.

Ryan is a firm believer that through steady practice and devotion, all people – regardless of age, gender, race or religion – can experience the Oneness of Yoga.

Click here to watch Ryan's Spotlight Video and learn more about Ryan Leier.


Tags: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, one yoga, ryan leier, krishnamacharya, one yoga for the people, BKS Iyengar, non-profit, vinyasa yoga for youth, Yoga as Medicine, A spotlight on Ryan Leier, master teachers, oneness of yoga

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Posted on June 23rd, 2014

Join Our Progressive Backbends Series with Desirée Rumbaugh

Welcome to a five-week progressive series with Desirée Rumbaugh to help make backbends more accessible and enjoyable. Most students assume that backbends require a lot of flexibility. While that is certainly true, they also require integrated strength, no matter how flexible you are.

Each class is 45 minutes long and is considered a full practice. It is advisable to follow the classes in order as the backbends become progressively deeper and you will get used to working with props and poses in many different ways.

Learn more about Desirée in her bio video!

 

Progressive Backbends with Desirée Rumbaugh

To get the most out of this five-week series, we encourage you to practice each sequence several times per week.

Week One: Friday June 27th
Progressive Backbends Step One: The Journey Begins
The first class is very basic with simple yet very effective poses to make the spine more flexible. 

Week Two: Friday July 4th
Progressive Backbends Step Two: Calm Mind, Awakened Heart 
The second class offers more conditioning for the legs as well, in the form of different standing poses. 

Week Three: Friday July 11th
Progressive Backbends Step Three: Non-Attachment 
The third class incorporates the creative use of blocks as a prop to build arm strength and learn about the role of the shoulder blades in backbends.  

Week Four: Friday July 18th
Progressive Backbends Step Four: Commitment  
Class number four shows you how to use a wall as a prop to deepen your backbends. 

Week Five: Friday July 25th
Progressive Backbends Step Five: Wisdom of the Heart 
The final class continues on the wall with a block for more leg strength and quad stretching. 

This series will also be arriving in your inbox via our Saturday newsletter for the next five weeks.  Stay tuned for our first practice this weekend!


Tags: desiree rumbaugh, backbends, progressive backbend series

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Posted on June 21st, 2014

Be a part of Solstice in Times Square, Watch Here!

Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. Be a part of this  year's Solstice in Times Square by watching the full event here!

Mind Over Madness: Times Square NYC

Anyone can find tranquility on the top of a mountain. Can you find it in Times Square? The Times Square Alliance and presenting sponsor Athleta offer free “Mind Over Madness” yoga classes to celebrate the longest day of the year, June 21, beginning with its first ever sunrise class at 5:30am (EST). The free yoga classes will continue throughout the day until 9:15pm (EST) – just after sunset. The Times Square Alliance and Athleta will stream the event live (powered by Livestream) on their websites at www.TimesSquareNYC.org and www.MyYogaOnline.com so that yogis across the country and the world can join the class. With the incredible popularity of Solstice in Times Square, for the first time, the celebration will continue for a second day with the MINDBODY Sol Conference on June 22. A day-long wellness conference designed to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit in a more tranquil setting, the conference will take place June 22 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST) at the Mariott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. To register visit www.mindbodyonline.com/sol.

The Line Up:

5:30 AM - 6:30 AM Sunrise Vinyasa | Instructed by Tim Tompkins
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Salutations to Summer | Instructed by Heather Lilleston
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Power Yoga | Instructed by Bethany Lyons
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Bikram | Instructed by Donna Rubin And Friends
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Slow Flow Vinyasa | Instructed by Paula Tursi
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sun Sequence for Bent on Learning | Instructed by Barbara Verrochi, Kristin Leigh, and Annie Piper
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Breath Informed Vinyasa | Instructed by Douglass Stewart
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM Sunset Flow | Instructed by Ali Cramer


Tags: yogathon, Mind Over Madness, Yoga in Times Square, times square yogathon, solstice in times square, livestream, solstice yoga

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Posted on June 16th, 2014

Take a Journey through the Seven Chakras

For the past eight weeks, we've been journeying through the chakras with Heather Ivany as our guide. If you haven't yet explored this wonderful series, here are the articles in one place for your reading pleasure.

In this series, you will learn what the chakras are, the qualities of each chakra from root to crown, what constitutes an imbalance, and methods to reharmonize the chakras with yoga and wellness rituals.

Begin your journey towards balance today.

 

 

Journey Through the Seven Chakras

Begin Your Journey - Journey Through the Chakras: An Introduction

First Chakra - Journey Through the Chakras: Connect to Your Roots

Second Chakra - Journey Through the Chakras: Go with the Flow

Third Chakra - Journey Through the Chakras: Fire it Up

Fourth Chakra - Journey Through the Chakras: Room to Breathe

Fifth Chakra - Journey Through the Chakras: Expand the Spirit

Sixth Chakra - Journey Through the Chakras: Perceive with Clarity

Seventh Chakra - Journey Through the Chakras: A Divine Connection


Image Credit: Leslie Prentice


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