The Arise and Shine Collection

There is a palpable energy present in the early morning that is pregnant with creativity and possibility. It’s no wonder that this dark pre dawn time is referenced by yogis as the ultimate time to practice. Sufi poet Rumi expresses the conundrum of the early morning practice perfectly in a poem crying 'The Breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you, Don’t go back to Sleep! The ARISE AND SHINE COLLECTION are classes that provide a guiding light in the early hours to help you harness this creative force and channel it towards creating a day of optimal living.
Morning Light

Morning Light

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

Observe the qualities of morning which are innately creative and transformative. Visualize the rising of the sun in your opening meditation, internalize the process of turning from dark to light. A slow paced flow takes you through sun salutations, creative variations on triangle and warrior 2 to wake up your shoulders. A balance challenge with side plank, crow, headstand and a hip opener before a brief rest in savasana. Props Needed: A block.

Level 245 min

Morning Practice for Deep Inner Listening

Morning Practice for Deep Inner Listening

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

The beauty of a morning practice is it is very conducive to meditation and deep inner listening. This is a spacious flow with emphasis on breath, quietude, and quality of attention. Sun salutations (surya namaskar A) and a playful variation on B series with tree (vrksasana) eagle (garudasana) & pyramid (parsvottanasana) crescent flow. Leg energizing sequence with temple, warrior 2 (virabhadrasana) triangle (utthita trikonasana) and extended side angle pose (utthita parsvakonasana). Opportunity for bunny hop handstand (balance and energy permitting!!!). Chair twist (parsva utkatasana) and backbends to finish. There is a mini savasana at the end, so if you require a long savasana please make extra time for that on your own. BLESSINGS! Have a blessed day <3

Level 245 min

Morning Wake Up Flow Yoga

Morning Wake Up Flow Yoga

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

Get the day started with your mind focused, heart open and energy body awakened! Start out balancing the subtle body with focused pranayama (focused breathing). Then wake up the mighty core (abdominals) which is our center of fire and transformation. We move into a Crescent Moon/ Crescent (Anjaneyasana) flow to bring heat and openness to the spine. Balance postures such as Eagle (Garundasana), Headstand (Sirsasana), strength postures such as Side Plank (Vasistasana), Crow (Bakhasana) and flexibility postures such as ) temple eagle (Temple with Garundasana arms) and Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2) are all included. Camel (Ustrasana) and Upward facing Bow (Urdhva Dhanurasana) backbends are included to invigorate and energize the body!

Level 245 min

Short Sunrise Flow

Short Sunrise Flow

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

Start your day off increasing your flexibility, strength, mental clarity and overall energy levels with this short sunrise flow. Guided meditation and breath work to harness the energy of the mind then kneeling plank variations to strengthen the arms and core. Sun salutations (surya namaskar A) to improve overall flexibility plus lunges, twists and backbends for a well rounded practice. Blessed morning to you! Prop: Blanket

Level 130 min

Sun Salutations to Embody Your Passions & Truth

Sun Salutations to Embody Your Passions & Truth

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

Traditionally practiced in the morning, but can be done at any time, sun salutations are a way of opening into your major muscle groups of your spine, legs and arms. This daily ritual also teaches us that every day is like a rebirthing, reminding you to fully embody your passions and truth. Build slowly with triangle, warrior 2, extended side angle, temple, twists and yes, handstands in the center of the room.

Level 260 min

The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

The 'golden hour' for yoga is definitely first thing in the morning when the mind is quiet and impressionable. Set the tone for your day with this medium intensity flow. Class includes meditation, intention setting, core work, standing flow and backbends. If you want savasana please take a little extra time for that on your own. Have a beautiful day!

Level 230 min

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