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Level 2/3
45 min

Shakti Shot

Vinyasa Flow | By Darren Rhodes on Mar 04 2012
This is a quick paced practice equivalent to an espresso shakti shot. A great class for the advanced yogi with minimal instruction and very  little flow between asanas. To promote balance class ends with an extended savasana (7 minutes).


This is a quick paced practice equivalent to an espresso shakti shot. A great class for the advanced yogi with minimal instruction and very little flow between asanas. To promote balance class ends with an extended savasana (7 minutes).


  • Valerie Valene     Dec 11th, 2014
    That was great! Thank you.
    • Darren Rhodes     Dec 12th, 2014
      Thanks for taking a shot-of-shakti with me! Happy Hatha and Happy Holidays,
  • Corina J.     Aug 26th, 2014
    I absolutely loved this flow! It's a 2/3 leaning more to the level 3, for sure, and I'm so glad I finally gave it a try! It made of my body a playground! I had so much fun. First time I tried Darren's flow but I will sure explore more! Namaste!!
    • Darren Rhodes     Aug 28th, 2014
      Thanks for sharing a "shakti shot" with me. Practice as a playground: I like that!
  • Ellen Brown     Jun 19th, 2014
    A note for Yogaglo: I strongly feel this class requires a more complete, thorough description. It was not what I expected, and I would have appreciated knowing this was a class that's perfect for the advanced yogi seeking a class that has short holds in advanced postures, very minimal instruction, and little to no flow in between postures. More information would have helped me take better care of myself, my body, and my practice. Thank you for considering this request.
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 20th, 2014
      I'm totally up for adding what you wrote to my above class description: "perfect for the advanced yogi seeking a class that has short holds in advanced postures, very minimal instruction." Well written and asana-accurate. I'm sorry this class was a shot of not what you expected as opposed to shakti. Thanks for giving it a go.
  • Carmen Becomesthesun     Jun 14th, 2014
    Oh my gosh thats was so AWESOME! I am just getting back to my practice after a year and half hiatus. After practicing for almost 3o years, teaching for 8 at some point, somehow i lost the profound love and passion to practice or even teach yoga. Gotta tell ya! I struggled and sweated my rear end off with this practice but DAMN do I feel GOOD…and ENERGIZE. Thank You Darren for bringing me back to my mat….and into my becoming the sun path….Shanti!
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 20th, 2014
      30 yoga years! To your practice I pranam. Your comment means maha and much to me. Thank you!
  • Allie Rae     Apr 8th, 2014
    Wow, I was feeling so groggy and now I feel amazing! This is truly a powerful practice and definitely gives you that "shakti shot" Thank you for sharing your wisdom and light!
    • Darren Rhodes     Apr 9th, 2014
      From feeling groggy to feeling good; it's amazing how a potent practice does that. Thanks for practitioner practicing and thanks for your surya-sweet comment.
  • Juli Ternan     Feb 6th, 2014
    Love the short sweet and oh so powerful sequence! The supta virasana with extended leg was intense. Quick question though...why jump back to chatturanga with tops of feet to mat? Never seen that before and just wondered if it was done for the flow or if I've missed this variation. Namaste!
    • Darren Rhodes     Feb 10th, 2014
      Being a dad I now have a passion for the pithy yet potent practice. Why tops of feet on floor? Good question. Check out B.K.S. Iyengar's Light On Yoga. There are 2 photos of Chaturanga Dandasana. The full pose is actually given as tops of feet on floor via rolling over toes. So, in this sequence you get that in one fell swoop. It's kind of a kali crazy way to get into it which is why it's in a 2/3 class. Namaste, D
  • christine armstrong     Jan 30th, 2014
    Shakti shot woo hoo...lots of poses not done so often in other classes! my head was so foggy when i woke up now i feel clearer amazing how yoga can do that! my first class with you. thank you!
    • Darren Rhodes     Feb 10th, 2014
      I hope this first class with me is not your last. I asana-agree, nothing like a potent practice to clear the mind. I have a penchant for the peripheral poses; glad you liked that.
  • Hannah Grasso     Jan 29th, 2014
    I thought this was a great sequence to get energized if you don't have the time for a full length class. Challenging and demands your best focus. It was a little challenging for me as I have two bad knees (torn ligaments galore) and I wasn't able to do a lot at the end, but it wasn't too difficult to modify poses. I love that it incorporates challenging poses that, at least for me, are less common in classes. Appreciated the long savasana! Thank you!
    • Darren Rhodes     Feb 10th, 2014
      Hannah so Hatha,
      More poses in less time = my aim for this class (like espresso vs cup of coffee). I'm glad that did the trick for you and way to modify on the fly. When modifications are a must for me I get all the more insight into my practice.
  • JENNIFER COURT     Dec 14th, 2013
    I'm sorry but this is way too fast and explanations are non are we / i am supposed to get through this class?
    • Darren Rhodes     Dec 14th, 2013
      I barely got through it myself:) Most my classes I give detailed instructions. This class is more about doing and less about learning. It's a 2/3 not just because of the difficult poses but lack of instruction (for some that dearth is a bonus). As for the sequence itself (if it interests you) it will become doable once you've done it a few times (but only if you are familiar with the individual poses).
  • Julie Sanchirico     Oct 2nd, 2013
    So awesome, thanks Darren! :) I didn't have much time today, this class was just perfect. Every cell in my body is singing & dancing!
    • Darren Rhodes     Oct 13th, 2013
      The less time I have the more tiger-tenacious I get! I'm so glad this practice did the trick for yoga you!
  • emily roman     Sep 6th, 2013
    Thanks Darren, that was fun. Lots of room for me to improve there ;)
    • Darren Rhodes     Sep 10th, 2013
      What some call formidable you call fun. Very kali of you. I plan on doing something along these lines again when I return to YogaGlo. So please stay tuned!
  • Charlotte Anderson Sumner     May 14th, 2013
    As an ex-coffee drinker that was EXACTLY the kind of espresso I needed to clear my foggy mind on this rather grey and wet spring day. Thanks for the great teaching...Namaste!
    • Darren Rhodes     May 14th, 2013
      macchiatoasana takes my mind from foggy to focused too!
  • Charlotte Anderson Sumner     May 14th, 2013
    As an ex-coffee drinker that was EXACTLY the kind of espresso I needed to clear my foggy mind on this rather grey and wet spring day. Thanks for the great teaching...Namaste!
  • Kate Bittman     May 6th, 2013
    Definitely a class that I'll come back to - I was happy that I could do as much of it as I did, and look forward to seeing how I improve each time. Thanks Darren!

    • Darren Rhodes     May 8th, 2013
      I had a lot of fun doing this sequence and am hatha-happy to know you liked it too. Repetition repetition repetition is indeed the key to improve:)
  • Jodi Levine     Apr 19th, 2013
    I''m so glad that this was my first Yogaglo class, Darren. I'm looking forward to practicing with you more! - Jodi
    • Darren Rhodes     Apr 19th, 2013
      I'm so glad to know this was your first yogaglo class and that you liked it! Yogaglo is a greatest yoga resource. Enjoy.
  • Mary Jackson     Apr 6th, 2013
    mary jackson
    • Darren Rhodes     Apr 8th, 2013
      when I got your comment on email it read: "perfect mary jackson" in one line. I took that to be a playful name of a shot of espresso. Breve macchiato becomes perfect mary jackson. I'm surya so glad this class did the trick!
  • Erin Phillips     Mar 26th, 2013
    Busy yoga teacher mama and kiddo fell asleep after a, well, let's say... challenging day and this was exactly what I needed :) Thank you! I feel alive again. -Erin
    • Darren Rhodes     Mar 26th, 2013
      I know all about being a busy yoga momma and papa! It is quite challenging for my wife Bronwin and I to fit practice into parenting (parenting being the ultimate practice of course!). So, it makes me all the more happy knowing you, as a busy mom, got what you needed from this class! Thanks for letting me know.
  • Jessica Schocker     Mar 16th, 2013
    Literally only had 45 minutes today... this was perfection. Thank you!!!!
    • Darren Rhodes     Mar 17th, 2013
      I'm glad this practiced delivered what you needed. That makes me happy. Thanks for your comment and thanks for practicing!
  • Cass Ghiorse     Feb 1st, 2013
    God bless you Darren!..with a new babe at home...I have but a short time to get it all in...and this did just that for me. And it's been awhile since I had such a long savasana. Thank you so much.
    • Darren Rhodes     Feb 1st, 2013
      I too have a baby so I know that for parents pithy practices are paramount! Yogaglo is such a gift for parents! Thanks for your sweet comment.
  • Lisa Johnston     Jan 10th, 2013
    I LOVED this practice! I wish Darren lived in my city so I could practice with him regularly in person. He's a genius!!
    • Darren Rhodes     Jan 10th, 2013
      That is very surya sweet of you to say. That's the brilliance of yogaglo: it brings the teacher and class right into ones living room:)
      Thanks for practicing!
  • flickerine stevens     Jan 10th, 2013
    awesome- this is going in my favourites.
    • Darren Rhodes     Jan 10th, 2013
      Flickerine Stevens,
      Wow, thanks!
  • Ana de los Rios     Dec 24th, 2012
    I loved the challenges towards the end of this practice. Step by step, I am making progress in those poses. Thank you cheerful yogi. Om Om Om.
    • Darren Rhodes     Jan 1st, 2013
      Ana de los Rios,
      Step by step in-dharma-deed. In my view practice is progress. And, it's kali clear to me that you practice regularly and with intensity. Pranams to you Ana!
      Happy New and Now Year!
  • catherine chidiac     Oct 24th, 2012
    Speechless ...
    thank you !! OM ~~~
    • Darren Rhodes     Oct 25th, 2012
      OM right back at you. Thanks for practicing!
  • michelle reinhardt     Oct 12th, 2012
    What a great practice. I just love your teaching. It was definitely challenging for me but practice and all is coming, right??? I feel blessed to be able to take your classes and continue to learn from your wise self!! Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.
    • Darren Rhodes     Oct 25th, 2012
      Yes, "practice and all is coming" indeed. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for practicing Michelle.
  • Martha McAlpine     Sep 4th, 2012
    Rockin' practice, yogi Rhodes! I was waaaay in deep! Question for you: As you came out of matsuyasana you said 'you must return to center with an inhale' why so, yogi D?
    • Darren Rhodes     Oct 25th, 2012
      Maha Martha,
      I take back the "must." Always a good idea to come out of twists on the inhale because the inner body, ribs, spine are expanded. Thanks for your playful comment!
      yogi D
  • Tripp Baird     Aug 10th, 2012
    POW! An espresso shot to the soul! Cool aspirational practice. Thanks again, Darren!
    • Darren Rhodes     Aug 11th, 2012
      Thanks for POWasana Practicing Tripp!
  • Sue McCluskey     Aug 10th, 2012
    Darren, thank you for doing this practice. I have returned to it three times now. It is both a wonderful couterpart to my 'slow breath 'style of practice while keeping me interested with challenging poses. I would love it if you added another similar practice!
    • Darren Rhodes     Aug 11th, 2012
      Surya Sue,
      Yes, a practice like this would promote imbalance without 'slow breath' style practices as well. I intend to add another practice like this when I return to yoga glo in Octoberoar.
  • Sarah Landis     Jul 30th, 2012
    Awesome! I'm all wrung out now! I hope you don't mind if I "borrow" a couple variations that were new to me in my own classes.
    • Darren Rhodes     Jul 30th, 2012
      Yo Sarah,
      Borrow all you like. Everything I ever teach is borrowed from someone one way or another.
  • Lucy Barker     Jul 28th, 2012
    would def like a slower version of this practice too. Had to pause a few times to keep up. But loved it all the same! thank you!
    • Darren Rhodes     Jul 30th, 2012
      Hello Lucy,
      Yes, in this case slo would yield more flo!
  • Melissa Boone Osburn     Jul 9th, 2012
    That was tough! I loved every second of it. Thank you :-)
    • Darren Rhodes     Jul 9th, 2012
      If you loved every surya-second then you must be a kali-kick-asana practitioner!
  • Jimena Velazquez     Jul 2nd, 2012
    My doctor told me that is not so good to be working that much with flexibility, he even recomended me to lift weights!! How to keep the muscles strong while flexible?
    • Darren Rhodes     Jul 2nd, 2012
      Jimena,I'm glad this gave you great energy! I highly recommend you follow your doctor's consultation. And yes, to stretch without strength does lead to strain. Infuse every stretch with strength. Be as strong as you are flexible and as flexible as you are strong. In other words, engage the muscles you are stretching and don't overly stretch them! Smiles,Darren
  • Jimena Velazquez     Jul 2nd, 2012
    Great energy! I loved this especially after the quick bike ride, to get home. Good for strengthening with flexibility.
  • Allyson Dowling     Jun 29th, 2012
    I needed this after a break from practice. Left me feeling strong and stretched out. Thanks!
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 29th, 2012
      Allyson,I'm hatha happy to know this practice left you "feeling strong and stretched out." In the context of yoga, stretch and strength are like dark chocolate and peanut butter–dharma delicious! D
  • Mary-Kate Murray     Jun 28th, 2012
    Bad ass blessing. Thank you!!
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 29th, 2012
      Bad ass blessing. I like that.
  • Marisol Brito     Jun 21st, 2012
    Nice sequence! Moving from Heron into Sundial . . . Brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration.
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 21st, 2012
      Marisol!I hope your Heron was Hatha Hero and that your Sundial was Surya!D
  • stacy romillah     Jun 17th, 2012
    Might take me a while to feel like I have continuous "flow" for the last half of this! Joyfully challenging!
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 21st, 2012
      Stacy!I like your "a while" and "joyfully challenging" perspective. May your practice itself be continuous.Love,D
  • Leta LaVigne     Jun 14th, 2012
    just what I needed - took a break from working behind the computer to practice with you
    • Leta LaVigne     Jun 14th, 2012
      ... and the second half of my comment got cut off but totally energized now, thank you!!
      • Darren Rhodes     Jun 14th, 2012
        Leta!From behind the computer to shakti shot class–You are clearly intense!Glad you got energy.Love, D
  • natalia martin     Jun 13th, 2012
    Idid not see any flow here... Rather an uninspiring collection of asanas hurriedly put together. I m switching classes in the middle of it....
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 13th, 2012
      Natalia,Not finding the flow you were looking for is no fun! And yet, that is what's so great about yogaglo! If you don't find what you are looking for in one class you can find it in another. I hope you found just the right practice for you today. Smiles,D
  • Tripp Baird     Jun 11th, 2012
    Wow, thank you! Much gratitude for that fun and invigorating sequence! must echo the calls for a 60 or 90 minute treatment- definitely found myself wanting to sink into many of those and had to let it go and keep on rolling... Namaste/Tripp
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 13th, 2012
      Tripp!I'm so glad you found this sequence invigorating! Yes, I've marked the request for a slower version of this flow. Next time!Namaste,D
  • becka gagne     Jun 7th, 2012
    unusual, refreshing, challenging and now ready for a challenging day! Namaste
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 13th, 2012
      Becka,How true! Yoga on the mat is often the perfect match for yoga off the mat!D
  • Tarini Bauliya     Jun 5th, 2012
    Darren, I enjoy the no-shananigans style of straight-forward clarity. The distinction you made, "its not flow if your rushin' ta go", helped me remain present with what is, make the distinction in my body (mind), bus-stopping throughout, since much of advanced stuff I cannot do yet. I loved it!
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 5th, 2012
      Tarini your name reminds me of my son Dagda's middle name: Tinariwen. Thank you for your encouragement. I really and roaringly appreciate it. As for the advanced stuff, well, you aren't missing anything. I've found again and again that the yoga avails all of its benefit as long as I'm aligned with where I am at. And, I get as much and more from the basic postures–especially standing poses. In other words in my view practice is progress. If you are practicing you are progressing. Not that you needed a pep talk. I'm just practice passionate about that topic. Love! D
  • Charity Holland     May 18th, 2012
    WOW! Thank YOU! That was amazing!
  • Darren Rhodes     May 8th, 2012
    Nothing like a shot of shakti!
  • Maili Dinim     May 8th, 2012
    That was a perfect lil' afternoon shakti shot...Thank you.
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 21st, 2012
      Maili,And hatha-hopefully that shakti shot didn't tap your adrenals or keep you up at night!D
  • Darren Rhodes     Apr 26th, 2012
    Noelani, glad you liked the little bit of this and that asana. Thanks for practicing, D
  • Noelani Anderson     Apr 24th, 2012
    Sick one, perfecto when in The modele of tea el And needing a litros bit of everything. Mahalo
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 21st, 2012
      Sick Sadhana! Yoga yes to that!
  • Soozie Kinstler     Apr 24th, 2012
    That was incredible, Really just what I needed. A few new things, very fun. Many thank yous and blessings. xx
    • Darren Rhodes     Jun 21st, 2012
      Soozie! A few new things is great. One insight leads to another.Love, D
  • Darren Rhodes     Apr 17th, 2012
    Sara Strother like no other! Well, that's not surprising considering you can do asana anything and everything. Momananda!
  • Sara Strother     Apr 17th, 2012
    A few months ago I simply watched this class while feeding my newborn wondering "when and how will I ever be strong enough to practice again?". Today I did. Thank you Darren for guiding me again through something transformational.
  • Nicole de Raad     Apr 9th, 2012
  • edithe swensen     Apr 6th, 2012
    Truly grateful for an intense practice.
  • Barbara Pautler     Mar 26th, 2012
    Thank you!
  • kate larson     Mar 21st, 2012
    thanks darren! Wonderful morning starter!
  • Jeff Bass     Mar 20th, 2012
  • Cullen Curtiss     Mar 19th, 2012
    Thanks, Darren.
  • Gayle Jann     Mar 18th, 2012
    Thanks for a great practice Darren. I would love to see a tutorial on Kapotasana. I could almost get there but my shoulders seem to prevent me from getting my hands to my heels.
  • Krista Starr     Mar 17th, 2012
    Goodness gracious! That was intense! I LOVE intense. Thank you.
  • Krista Starr     Mar 17th, 2012
    Goodness gracious! That was intense! I LOVE intense. Thank you.
  • Audra El Vilaly     Mar 16th, 2012
    Thanks for the rad rhymes and energizing moves, Darren. You are indeed the master of efficiency. Namaste.
  • Raymond Mohrman     Mar 15th, 2012
    great practice. thanks darren. aloha
  • Nan Arundel     Mar 15th, 2012
    great burst of energy this morning. coffee shakti shot...ready for anything!
  • Mindy Menard     Mar 12th, 2012
    Thanks Darren! WOOT WOOT first time doing astravakrasana to koundinyasana :D
  • Bronwyn DiPeri     Mar 11th, 2012
    A very Darren sequence. Thank you for spending a good chunk of time on standing poses. Not enough classes do that. silly me, doing this class online when I could just schlep myself downtown to take your yogahour in person!
  • Eden Mendel     Mar 11th, 2012
    loved it! Thank you Darren for making me challenge myself. Any tips for practicing getting into full pigeon? And yes a 60 or 90 minute of this would be great.
  • deborah zipser     Mar 10th, 2012
    I LOVED LOVED this class. It's definitely an energizer as described.

    Request for Darren - MORE LEVEL 2/3 CLASSES PLEASE!! In particular can you please put a class up on yogaglo which is the equivalent of a 90 minute version of this class? For when I have the time I would love to do a class where I get to hold some of those fabulous poses for a lot longer.

    Thank you very much.
  • Christian Durkan     Mar 9th, 2012
    Radical, Thank you! Hard to find Higher level classes which aren't ashtanga out here on Maui! Would love to have you come back and teach some classes/workshops Darren!
    ~Christian Durkan
  • Stephanie Iverson     Mar 9th, 2012
    Really enjoyed the class. Maybe should have tried it later in the day when I am a bit more loosened up! Felt more like a 3 than a 2/3, but I was happy to experience some new sequencing and poses. Thank you!
  • Falk Feddersen     Mar 6th, 2012
    Awesome class Darren! Love the pace and energy. Thank you. Looking forward to more!
  • Darren Rhodes     Mar 6th, 2012
    Amanda. Glad you liked sequence even more than a shot of espresso. I think I now must try the sequence with a shot of espresso–best of both worlds.
  • Darren Rhodes     Mar 6th, 2012
    Gayle–I recommend you jump back into normal plank then lower front body to floor. From there bring tops of feet to floor. Then proceed. Jumping back onto tops of feet is a little Karate and Kali-Crazy.
  • Gayle Jann     Mar 6th, 2012
    Darren could you give some tips for jumping back to chattarunga onto the tops of your feet. Not that easy for me.

  • Amanda Riches     Mar 6th, 2012
    awesome! (and so much better than a shot of espresso!)
  • Emily Perry     Mar 6th, 2012
    Loved it. This is one I'll be practicing again and again.
  • Mary-Kate Murray     Mar 6th, 2012
    just so grateful. thank you Darren.
  • Huda Mussa     Mar 6th, 2012
    kickass class, lots of sequencws from light on yoga . Need a little bit of a warmup though for my body.
  • Sandra Wind-Carson     Mar 6th, 2012
    mini asana marathon! <3 it (reminding myself to keep on breathing....)
  • Darren Rhodes     Mar 5th, 2012
    Alysha–I saw you had same question about jumping to tops of feet. That gets you into final form of Chaturanga fast (fast goes with the territory of this sequence). And it creates optimal distance between feet and hands for up dog. Downside is that it's kind of precarious nearly nefarious.
  • Darren Rhodes     Mar 5th, 2012
    Erica so Erikali–Look in Light On Yoga and you will see that BKS Iyengar shows full form Chaturanga with tops of feet flat on floor. I figured why not jump right into that final form (instead of going from feet vertical to tops of feet flat on floor to get into up dog). That's why I did it that way. Intense for sure.
  • Sandy Van Horn     Mar 5th, 2012
    great flow from sundial to eka hasta bhujasana to astavakrasana to eka pada koundinyasana II! thanks so much.
  • erica bleznak     Mar 5th, 2012
    woooooh a little fast but liked some of the moves, can you explain to me the purpose for jumping back onto top of feet in upward facing dog??
  • Janelle Dimitriou     Mar 5th, 2012
    YOWZA! great moves ~ thx Darren ;)
  • simone weit     Mar 5th, 2012
    Love love loved it! A little more build up to those mega backbends would have been a bonus.
  • Alysha Findley     Mar 5th, 2012
    Darren, what is with the jumping back onto the tops of the feet? Is that a personal preference? Is that as safe or safer than jumping back with the toes curled under, which is more typical?
  • Mary-Kate Murray     Mar 5th, 2012
    thank you!!! rockin"
  • Cari Unger     Mar 4th, 2012
    This class was exactly what I needed today. I really enjoyed the pace and the challenging poses. Thank you, Darren!
  • henry pursner     Mar 4th, 2012
    That would be awesome Darren! As I need time to get into and negotiate with most of these shapes!!
  • henry pursner     Mar 4th, 2012
    That would be awesome Darren! As I need time to get into and negotiate with most of these shapes!!
  • Darren Rhodes     Mar 4th, 2012
    Em–this pithy potent sequence could in-durga-deed be done in a 60 or 90 minute session.
  • henry pursner     Mar 4th, 2012
    Yogaglo- just a technical suggestion: It would be perfect to be able to have a rewind 15-30 second button to make our experience that much easier for viewing and performing these classes
  • Debbie Clark     Mar 4th, 2012
    quick and fun!
  • Em Bettinger     Mar 4th, 2012
    Great sequence, interesting variations. BUT, felt tooooo rushed. Times when I felt Darren not breathing. Will need to write down the sequence and try and memorize and do at a slightly slower pace.
    I know it said 45 minutes, but....