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Meet Raghunath, self-proclaimed ex-punk, ex-monk, inversion ambassador and yoga teacher.
Strong and Open
Who wants strength without being open? That paradigm is old and didn't serve us. Yes, we want strength but we want freedom in our body as well. Muscle shouldn't be a burden, it should enhance our lives. This class on one level is core conditioning, but uses yoga fundamentals to make sure we're not building muscle in an inappropriate way that doesn't serve our ultimate wellness. There is no fitness unless we are open and at peace in our bodily frame. In this class you get it all and in only 30 minutes! Part of the 30/30 Yoga Challenge program
Shoulders unlocked and strong
Sometimes in the name of athleticism or even neglect the shoulders and back become locked up and rigid. Raghu uses this as his focus to help us release the locks we've created while strengthening them in a healthy and liberating way. He also throws in a healthy dose of challenging balances, a few inversions for those who want it, and some back bending. This is a healthy balanced therapeutic recipe for wellness and strength.
Strong like Hanuman
Here's a strong 30 minute class guaranteed to unlock your tight legs, hips and hamstrings through a series of asanas building up to Hanumanasana or what we call in the west a square hip split. Don't let that intimidate you. Raghu breaks it down for all levels so you get the benefit of building towards this peak pose which is both therapeutic and liberating. If you feel like "oh I got this!" Raghu throws in some extra tricks for you.
What is Samadhi?
Where are we going with all this yoga stuff? Raghunath cracks open the often enigmatic 8th and final limb of yoga called Samadhi, considered by sages as the goal of yoga. Raghu does this in an easy to understand, practical, yet traditionally grounded presentation. What does it mean to be totally absorbed in spirit, to see spirit in every one and everything, to love those who don't love you if not hate you? Raghu tackles these topics and helps shed light on connecting our yoga asana practice and this lofty stage of advanced yoga in easy to understand, entertaining, and inspiring 30 minute talk. If you'd like to deepen your yoga practice this one is for you.
Fluid inversion Flow
Your upper body gets a workout as Raghu takes you through a 30 minute class with the first 20 minutes flowing strong and peppered with inversions to keep things spicy and challenging. Don't sweat it though-Raghu breaks it down for all levels and shows you how to pull back or turn it up according to your ability. This is a great energizing class!
Fly to the moon: Half-moon variations
Raghu brings the student through 30 minutes of fluid flow while building strength and grace. He explores Half-moon Pose variations, Bakasana, Fallen Triangle, hip openers and breathing techniques. Then a sweet open hip cool down for the final 10 minutes makes this tranquil and deeply satisfying. Props needed: a block and a bolster.
Energize your morning
Who needs espresso when you have Raghu lead you through this challenging and fun morning flow. This class is peppered with arm balances, backbends, hip openers, delicate balance, inversions, and leg strengthening winding down with a 10 minute cool down after your morning sweat factory. A great balance and a great way to start the day. Props needed: bolster and a block.
Bending over backwards
Backbends energize the body and mind and now people are finally realizing what the yogis and sages have said all along: "freedom in our spine is our fountain of youth". Whether you’re open or shut down in the spine this has something for everyone as we go through 30 minutes of strengthening and opening the spine which is the expressway towards energy and vitality. This is a must for those who want go deeper in their backbends and a great way to start or finish your day! Part of the Stretch your comfort zone program
Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2 explained
In this video we take a look at Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita. One of the most ancient books of wisdom of India which helped to form the foundations of the practice of yoga as we know it. In this talk we explore the nature of our true selves, the temporality of our bodies and how this is relevant for how we conduct ourselves in everyday life.
Making it count
You’ve got 30 minutes so make it count! In this class we'll work on strength in the arms and legs with poses like core-plank variations, yoga push-ups, Eka Pada Koundinyasana, half-moon pose with variations and shoulder-opening Warrior II. Always staying connected with the breath and with modifications for different levels. Then we take it down to the ground with preparation for splits, finishing with a backbend and ear-pressing pose before Savasana. Prepare to work hard and have fun!
A total yoga class condensed into 30 minutes. We take the foundational poses, break them down and work them! With squats, jumps, push-ups, Plank variations, Prasarita Padottanasana variations, Handstand jumps, Eka Pada Koundinyasana arm balance, Headstand and Pigeon. Do what you can and try it. If you can't do it, try it anyway - that's how you get good at it! This is going to set you up for the rest of the day.
Born to give
To be able to give, we have to practice self-care and look after this gift, our bodies, that we have been given. So as you practice, meditate on "what can I give?". This is another strong class but again you can modify it as you need with Side Plank variations, Vinyasas, Prasarita Padottanasana, balancing poses and more push ups! We cool down with restorative wide-legged Legs up the Wall Pose and Supta Baddha Konasana. Take this time to look after your youself so you can give. Part of the Short classes for busy parents and carers program
Bhakti and devotion
In this inspiring talk Raghunath tells us how Bhakti is the yoga of devotion and love. We can learn to love, to see the spirit in every living creature. Inspired by the Bhagavad Gita, Raghu urges us to look beyond the ego, the self, and recognize how there is life and divine energy in everything on earth, including the earth itself. He challenges us to seek who we really are, to find that which is beyond conception, to realize we are not what we think we are.
Wake up and live
Continuing our series of yoga classes for busy parents. This class is about not just waking up our body but waking up our consciousness. Encouraging us to be very very present in each moment of our day. With deep breathing and poses to strengthen the arms and legs such as Plank, Side Plank, Standing Splits and Handstand hops. Backbends like Bow, Bridge and Wheel and finishing with Shoulderstand. Part of the Short classes for busy parents and carers program
Introduction to program for busy parents and carers
When we’re busy looking after our loved ones it’s so important that we take time out to look after ourselves too! This 6 part program of energizing Vinyasa Flows is designed for you to take just 30 minutes out of your day for yourself. Move, breathe, get stronger, more open and more relaxed. Different options for different levels. Part of the Short classes for busy parents and carers program
Open your hips and heart
A strong intermediate class but with modifications so you can adjust it as you like. Working on the whole body but especially the hips and heart. You are invited to practice with the meditation "How can I open my heart?" throughout the strong physical work. Includes flows, twists, lunges, Vrksasana / Tree Pose, Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana, Trikonasana variations and forward bends. Part of the 30/30 Yoga Challenge program Part of the Short classes for busy parents and carers program
Yoga for runners and athletes
Sometimes in the name of athleticism we create more damage to our body. This class specifically deals with the problems my students who are runners face. That being said non athletes or runners will also get a lot of benefit from these foundational movements of the body and the yoga system while linking it with calming breath. I've designed it for all levels so you can make it easier or more challenging as you like. Part of the Short classes for busy parents and carers program Part of the Yoga for Runners program
Good morning flow
This is a 30 minute yoga practice designed to wake up our sleeping body, for those who want to regain or improve their fitness and stamina. It's a strong class that can be simply modified for all levels or turned up to make it more challenging. I give many options as we are all different people with different bodies. Besides the strength building, breathing is emphasized and both of these together will radically change your day if not your life. Part of the Short classes for busy parents and carers program Part of the Morning Yoga program