Tradition for tradition’s sake doesn’t serve anyone. Now that yoga has become popularized and we are seeing the results in mi
Ever since I can remember, I have been on the search for more, for something greater. Growing up in LA, I never truly felt comfortable in my own skin. I hungered for knowledge and growth through perspectives that differed from myopic western systems. After reading some Alan Watts and Krishnamurti my thirst grew stronger and, although I didn’t know it at the time, I began my path seeking out yoga. Some of my old friends had found yoga and invited me to classes with them. At first, I rejected the notion. My assumptions about yogis kept me away: there was no way I was going to start eating tofu, opening chakras and chanting to Gods I knew nothing about. Thanks to my persistent friends, I walked into a Bryan Kest class in the summer of 2000. His down to earth approach was exactly what I needed and I instantly resonated with the physical benefits of the practice. The practice was a perfect companion for my recovery: my body healed from the abuse of addiction, and my mind grew clearer. The high I had experienced with heroin was now replaced by calmness, balance and equanimity. My practice grew and I found another great teacher that gave me new insights and pearls. Govindas showed me the soul of yoga. However, my seeking did not subside. After finishing graduate school in mathematics at UCLA, I noticed that Bryan was doing a teacher training in Mexico. I wasn’t interested in teaching, but wanted to deepen my practice and travel. The training exposed me to new ideas, two of which I connected with immediately. The first was a 3-day Iyengar intensive with Lisa Walford. My analytical mind was intrigued by the depth of alignment instruction and precision she presented. I was hooked. In addition to intense physical practice every day, we meditated at the end of the evening for 45 minutes. This was the next step for me. Even though I had achieved great control over my body, I realized I had almost no control over my own mind. Meditation was the most challenging part for me in the training, and at the same time, the most rewarding. Today I practice asana regularly at home and try my best to meditate every day. My teacher Vinnie Marino helps me continue to learn better ways to teach and incorporate my yoga into day-to-day life. He is a wonderful mentor and friend. I have climbed but a few steps of the ladder and am working my way upward still. Every fault is an opportunity for growth and every day is an opportunity for life. I am lucky to have great friends and family to share the love with. Hope to see you as we follow the road to happy destiny.
When we practice yoga for a long time, it is easy to get bored with the same transitions into postures. Yes there are many ways to get in
The hips and hamstrings are two of the areas most important to feeling freedom in movement. Open these areas and enjoy the comfort and ea
A striking new idea applied to some traditional standing poses will free up your pelvis and allow you to make as much room as possible. S
There are many movements in yoga that move the body in extreme and non-sustainable ways. Those poses and sequences are fun, but they aren
Yoga usually has two speeds: static holds and mindful vinyasa. This doesn’t have to be the case. Our bodies are designed to be expl
Vinyasa yoga tends to seriously overdevelop the front of the shoulders. All the chaturangas we do make the upper body strong but imbalanc
Here is some more core strength for all of you fiends out there. This is a very challenging level 2 practice. It should leave you sweaty
When we work in our inversion practice, it is easy to strain and tense around the neck. That is never a good idea. This practice will add
Our bodies are designed to do strong and explosive things on one leg. This type of work will strengthen the outer hips and help to suppor
Deepen the squat….say no more.
This 40-minute sequence will focus on the arms and shoulders. Have a strap nearby and handy.
You’ve done a million Surya Namaskar As & Bs, but what about Cs? Shake up your sun salutations with a focus on Surya Namaskar C
Where do you rest the weight in your feet? This class takes you through some traditional poses as we bring awareness to the lower leg.
In this 30-minute class we work on creating harmony in movement through the sun salutations. The focus is on breath and seamless transit
This class assists the internal organs in their detoxification process via twisting postures. Don’t eat before class.
These 30 minutes are focused on getting strong in our center to support the range of motion we create in the practice.
This 30-minutes sequence focuses on stretching the hips and hamstrings in order to create more freedom in the lumbar spine. This class co
Opening shoulders and upper back to create mobility in the thoracic spine. A few backbends as well.
Good morning, Sunshine. Often times we greet the day tired and tight. Sometimes it’s challenging to jump
For those of us who have been practicing a long time, the same transitions can get a bit tiring. In this practice we will explore some ne
Why is downward dog such an ubiquitous pose in the vinyasa practice? It’s not becasue of the hamstrings, it’s because of the
This creative 60-minute sequence will keep you guessing…in the dark.
Grab a strap, lie back and stretch. Sometimes at the end of our day we don’t have enough energy to do a lot of standing poses. Stil
Often times it can take an hour or more to touch all the places in our body. This practice but it will do the trick when you don’t
For this 60-minute sequence you will need a wall space, a strap and a block. Vytas incorporates use of the wall into some of our favorite
This class is just what it seems – a plank challenge. Ten minutes of plank and it’s variations. Get ready to be challenged!
This level 1 practice is all about the squat. This is the human body’s most natural position. You’ll get plenty of modifications for
This is about getting out of habit patterns. One of the biggest habits in this practice is starting with the right side. In this practice
This class is dedicated to Vinnie Marino, a world renowned vinyasa flow teacher. He was one of Vytas’ first teachers and to this da
This 60-minute class changes things up a bit. In this practice rather than saving all the yin for the end of the class, we will bookend w
In this 60-minute class, shot on our ‘Living’ stage, Vytas guides through variations of Tree pose set amongst the trees.
The glute muscles are some of the largest and strongest muscles in the human body. Healthy glutes are essential to everyday movements. Th
In this 40-minute class we work on several variations of Garudasana, eagle pose. A lot of the work in this pose is in the inner groins an
In this class we focus on ribcage and the back. How is it lifting? Are you sitting up tall? Here we work on movements to hollow out front
The problem with doing poses on one side is that often times we don’t make it completely even. So even if you hold if for a similar amo
Are you practicing these videos at home with someone else? Do you wish there was one of us teachers there in your living room to help giv
Using the wall is great when you’re by yourself, but practicing handstands with friends is so much more fun! Here are some ways to
Abdominal strength is very important to have. What is strength though without control? Control of the abdominal muscles leads to the abil
If you’re like most people, you spend a large portion of your day sitting in a chair. The sedentary lifestyle can lead to very tigh
When we practice yoga, it is usually an experience about turning inward and exploring our own bodies. In partner yoga, we explore our bod
If you can hold Bakasana (crow pose) for a few breaths without straining and are ready for something more,
Welcome to core strength at its highest level. These are some of the most challenging, yet fundamental move
Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 & 2 are balancing postures that take a lot of upper body strength, core strength and lower body flexibility.
Using the strength and leverage of a partner can help us go deeper into poses and enjoy the stretch without having to work as hard. Conne
This short practice is NON-STOP! There are no advanced postures but it will definitely get your heart rate up and strengthen your cardiov
One of the most notorious places where stress and tension lie in our bodies is around the neck and shoulder girdle. Instead of isolating
Sometimes you just want to flow without a special theme but at the same time not do the same old transitions that you’re used to. H
A very simple yet profound meditation practice with Vytas.
There are many different ways to invert the body in yoga. One of the most basic inversions is handstand. If you are newer to the practice
This class will work toward an advanced posture called Visvamitrasana which takes a lot of openness in the hips and hamstrings. We will w
This practice is all about drawing the body toward it’s middle. Often times in yoga, we take take big stretches that can pull us aw
Short Holds This practice is about moving the body in as many ways possible. Longer holds in postures allow for a lot of subtle refinemen
To maintain or restore the normal spinal rotation, it is recommended that you practice a simple spinal twist once or twice a day. However
A theme pose based class that is a variation of side plank that take both strength and flexibility. This class is tough but offers a lot
A well rounded vinyasa flow class that is centered around a variety of different arm balances. The poses are worked up to and the techniq
Another Core Based class in which Vytas focuses on the knee to chest movement from a variety of different angles. You are taught the temp
In this 1-hour class Vytas will guide you through some serious back strengthening sequences. The muscles along the spine are some of the
In this 30 minute class Vytas shows his brother Aras how to get deep into the hamstrings using blocks and straps. This class is especiall
Gentle Hips stretching coming your way. This is a great sequence for those of you who have tighter hips and find it a little bit difficul
I don’t know about you guys, but this class is tough stuff. Definitely awesome and as always very well rounded. Vytas is somewhat n
This class includes multiple side stretches, flows, and abdominal workouts. Creating length through our sides, obliques, ribs and chest w
This class with Vytas is a great way to work out the back, shoulders, chest and arms without adding too much bulk to your upper body. As
This class is primarily focused on your twists and standing neutral poses, but what you’ll come to realize very quickly is that twi
This class focuses mainly on standing balancing postures – standing on one leg at a time. The class starts with a warm up flow and
This Well Rounded Flow is 40 minutes long and incorporates most of the basics with a little bit of extra difficulty near the finish line.
Most of the poses we go through in Vinyasa Flow Yoga are standing postures. In this 20 minute segment Vytas takes it to the floor to expl
This Basic Practice is for those of you who are either just getting familiar with Yoga or want to alleviate some tightness in the basic p
Many times throughout our vinyasa flows we step our foot through our arms to the front of the mat. This is a movement that can be a bit
Find yourself with not much time to spare but craving a quick sweat? This class is perfect. Vytas w
Sometimes yoga postures that we find easiest are actually ones that we need the most help with. We raise our hands above our head all the
A sequence of beautiful movements… You’ve heard it in class and you think you know what to do when the teacher calls it out
Are you ready for some serious core work? This is a no-joke crash-course introduction to Vytas’s favorite abdominal routine. These
Plank position is something we visit almost every single time we set foot on our yoga mats. Although it looks simple, there are many diff
Dim the lights, put on some soothing music, and get ready to melt into this 30 minute Yin Yoga class with Vytas. Like any traditional Yin
Here’s a great class to focus on your standing poses. Listen carefully to each of Vytas’s teaching tips throughout this class