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Level 1/2
45 min

Transition into the New Year Gracefully

Hatha | By Steven Espinosa on Jan 06 2011
Transitions - making a graceful transition into the New Year through a steady but strong asana practice, incorporating graceful transitions between poses with fluid breath and body movement. Standing postures include Crescent, Triangle, Warrior Two and Extended Side Angle. Hip opener with Pidgeon and thigh stretch. Finishes with Backbend in Urdhva Danurasana (Upward Facing Bow)

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Transitions - making a graceful transition into the New Year through a steady but strong asana practice, incorporating graceful transitions between poses with fluid breath and body movement. Standing postures include Crescent, Triangle, Warrior Two and Extended Side Angle. Hip opener with Pidgeon and thigh stretch. Finishes with Backbend in Urdhva Danurasana (Upward Facing Bow)

Comments

  • Michelle Nogin     Jan 10th, 2014
    You said it...graceful transition! That is exactly what am going for. Always so much change in my crazy world, focusing on making the transitions graceful is a good practice to practice. Thank you.

    Yale : - )
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 13th, 2014
      Hi Yale! You are welcome! So glad you liked it! Keep up the graceful transitions! All my best, Steven.
  • Maurey Lancaster     Jan 5th, 2014
    Loved it- love all your classes. Any chance you would consider filming a straight Level 2 class or even 2/3? Would love to do one if you did!! X
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Hi Maurey! So glad you are enjoying the classes. We are working ones for 2014! Wishing you all the best in the New Year! Steven.
  • Katja Heger     Jan 2nd, 2014
    Hi Steven,
    Thank you for your lovely, thoughtful classes! Your instructions, comments and descriptions speak to my heart! Have a happy graceful fulfilling 2014. Katja
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Thank you for your lovely message, Katja! That really means a lot to me and touched my heart, too! Happy 2014! Steven.
  • Jillian McGehee     Jan 1st, 2014
    Perfect way to transition into the New Year!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Yeah! Happy New Year, Jillian! Steven.
  • Jean Mason     Jan 1st, 2014
    Thank you, Steven, for this slightly shorter class. Most days, I plan 30 minutes of yoga before hitting the road to work. This 45 minute class will be nice to include occasionally. Great class!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      That is wonderful, Jean! Sometimes a little extra yoga before work helps! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Sasha Korellis     Dec 31st, 2013
    Delicious way to transition into the New Year.
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Thank you, Sasha! Hope you had a great holiday and wishing you a fabulous 2014! Steven.
  • Lindsay Lake     Dec 31st, 2013
    Lovely. Thank you so much!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Thanks, Lindsay! Hope you have a great 2014! Best wishes, Steven.
  • Dana Leipold     Dec 31st, 2013
    Thank you! This is exactly what I needed to end this year and begin anew. Namaste! xoxoxo
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Dana, I'm so glad you feel ready for 2014! Wishing you a fantastic 2014! Steven.
  • Elai Velasquez      Dec 31st, 2013
    I like everyone before me and ready for 2014 with my head and heart in the right place. Thanks so much for sharing your light <3 happy new year!!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Hello Elai! That is awesome! I'm so glad you feel good and ready for a great 2014! Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Mia Mironov     Dec 31st, 2013
    Hi Steven, I caught all the double chaturangas, some handstands at the top of the mat, a big hanuman and a mermaid, it was a pretty big 45 minutes for a level 1/2. I love your classes. Namaste :)
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Wow, Mia! That is awesome! What a nice way to start out the New Year! All my best to you in 2014! Steven.
  • Nina Lenger     Dec 31st, 2013
    Thanks for a great class, just what I needed!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      You are welcome, Nina! I'm so glad you liked it! Sending you best wishes for a great 2014! Steven.
  • Silke Richmond     Dec 31st, 2013
    Thank you for this wonderful practice Steven!! I thoroughly enjoyed it...
    Happy New Year
    Namaste,
    Silke
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Thank you, Silke! Happy New Year to you, too! Here's to a great 2014! Steven.
  • sharon lester     Dec 31st, 2013
    thank you yogaglo! Exactly what i needed!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      You are welcome, Sharon! All of us at Yogaglo appreciate you, too! Happy New Year, Steven.
  • Deborah Teske     Dec 31st, 2013
    Thanks Steven! What a great way to start the New Year. Happy New Year to you and your team.

    Debbie
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Happy New Year to you too, Debbie! Wishing you all the best in 2014! Steven.
  • Colleen Jordan     Dec 31st, 2013
    Thank you so much for this marvelous radiant experience Happy New Year!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      You are welcome, Colleen! Wishing you a fantastic 2014! Steven.
  • Christine Mourre     Dec 31st, 2013
    Loved this session, and the thankful mentions at the end. Great way to start my practice in a new part of the house. My own lil yoga studio :) "we are all in this together."
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Hi Christine! Yes, we are all in this together! Wishing you a wonderful and happy 2014! Steven.
    • Sarah Cohen     Dec 31st, 2013
      Couldn't agree more. Really thoughtful and reminded me how many people make the yogaglo experience happen. Thank you.
      • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
        Thank you, Sarah! I'm so happy you enjoyed that class! Here's to a great 2014 for you and yours! Steven.
  • Pascale Bransolle     Dec 31st, 2013
    Dear Steven, I finish 2013 with you on my mat and I'm so happy to make it!! You are a gentleman a gentleteacher and as I told you before YOU ARE THE ONE.. I was not scared today to do the bridge pose, and I did it!! For the year ending I would like to thank you very much to be you, and to be the teacher you are, carring, loving and much more. I'll see you in 2014 with joy. Love Love, Pascale from France
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Dear Pascale, thank you so much for your wonderful message! I am so happy that you are feeling better and congratulations on doing Bridge Pose! Wishing you all the best in 2014! Much Love, Steven.
  • Jo-Anne Knight     Dec 30th, 2013
    Hi Steven, I found this to be a wonderful class with thoughtful sentiment for the new year. Happy New Year, see you in 2014 on the mat!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 6th, 2014
      Thank you Jo-Anne! Hope you had a great holiday and Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Carey McGowan     Oct 22nd, 2013
    Steven,
    This was awesome tonight, as I am travelling and needed a great stretch as well as a challenge. I feel great now!!
    Thank you
    💗💗 Carey
    • Steven Espinosa     Oct 27th, 2013
      Hello Carey! Wonderful to hear from you! So glad that class helped you feel better after all that traveling. Hope things are good in your world! With Love, Steven.
  • cindy fried     Oct 10th, 2013
    This class has (for me) the best explanation of how to get into and execute a back bend with minimal stress and pain on my lower back. So thanks for that, Steven. Another great class from you to add to my favourites.
    Cindy, London, UK
    • Steven Espinosa     Oct 13th, 2013
      Hi Cindy in London! Thank you so much for your wonderful note! It makes me very happy that you had no pain felt good in your backbends! That is an amazing feeling! Wishing you a great day. Steven from LA.
  • david golan     Aug 13th, 2013
    you are just a great teacher. thank you. i like the way you explain things. david far from israel..
    • Steven Espinosa     Aug 16th, 2013
      Hi David! Wow. All the way from Israel. That is so cool. Thank so much for your very nice compliment. It really means a lot to me. Wishing you a wonderful day! Steven from LA!
  • Jo Squires     May 6th, 2013
    Wonderful, thank you!
    • Steven Espinosa     May 10th, 2013
      You are welcome, Jo! Thank you! Steven.
  • Bobbi Bensman     Apr 24th, 2013
    I love your classes. You are the bomb!

    Bobbi from Boulder, Co.
    • Steven Espinosa     Apr 25th, 2013
      Awww. Thank you, Bobbi from Boulder! That really means a lot to me! Hope you have a lovely day! Steven.
  • Renee Mayne     Feb 5th, 2013
    Steve, this is a sweet early morning or late evening session, thank you! And I appreciate you thanking those who bring Yogaglo to all of us!
    • Steven Espinosa     Feb 8th, 2013
      Hi Renee! I'm so glad you appreciate all of our efforts at YogaGlo! We appreciate you too! Keep up the great work! Steven.
  • Dana Armbruster     Jan 26th, 2013
    Finding the grace and enjoying the transitions between the asanas... beautifully said. (and so tough for me sometimes!)

    Thank you Steven!!!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 30th, 2013
      You are welcome, Dana! I'm so glad that class had meaning for you! Being graceful in transitions is not always easy for me either! But at least we try! Keep up the great work! Steven.
  • Colleen Jordan     Jan 5th, 2013
    A blessed and graceful 2013 to all of you at Yoga glo!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 7th, 2013
      Thank you, Colleen! That's so nice of you! Wishing the same for you in 2013! Steven.
  • Ashley Spell     Jan 4th, 2013
    Thank you for this wonderful class and healthy beginning to the new year. You have a gift for teaching.
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 7th, 2013
      Awww. Thank you for that sweet comment, Ashley! You made my day! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Rafael Kr     Jan 3rd, 2013
    Great practice. I loved the sequence and didactic, however, little permanence in asanas and little practice time.
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 7th, 2013
      Hi Rafael! Thanks for the nice note and great comments! I agree 45 minutes sometimes just isn't enough! We are working diligently on creating a variety of different time lengths to suite everybody's needs. Wishing you a very wonderful New Year! Steven.
  • Miriam Maor     Jan 2nd, 2013
    Wonderful class! As always! Thanks!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 7th, 2013
      You are welcome, Miriam! Thanks for the nice comment! Wishing you a wonderful New Year! Steven.
  • Karla Morales     Jan 2nd, 2013
    Lovely!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 7th, 2013
      Thank you, Karla! I'm glad the class worked for you! Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Ginnie Schirmer     Jan 2nd, 2013
    Very good jump back into practice. TY
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 7th, 2013
      Hi Ginnie! So glad you liked the class! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Melanie Henderson     Jan 2nd, 2013
    Just what I needed today after working feverishly all day!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 7th, 2013
      Hey Melanie! I'm so glad you felt good after a long hard day at work! Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Tim Vogt     Jan 2nd, 2013
    I was very inspired to see a man with a thick frame very much like my own instructing the course. It gives me hope that I too can through my continued practice become as flexible and moveable.
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 7th, 2013
      Hey Tim! Thanks for your great note. I'm glad you felt inspired. That really means a lot to me. Have a Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Carla Kaiser     Jan 2nd, 2013
    Just the practice I needed this morning. Thank you!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 2nd, 2013
      Hi Carla! That is great! So glad you enjoyed the class! Here's to all the best in 2013! Steven.
  • Linda Black     Jan 2nd, 2013
    Loved it! just what I needed today. Thank you for posting!
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 2nd, 2013
      You are welcome, Linda! Thank you for your nice note! Wishing you a wonderful day and Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Adriana Hoyos     Jan 2nd, 2013
    Just the class I needed today! so greatful to you and yogaglo! it has being great to find you. Best wishes.
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 2nd, 2013
      Hello Adrian! Thank you for your lovely message! I'm glad you enjoyed the class and Yogaglo! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Steven.
  • Claire Samuels     Jan 2nd, 2013
    happy New Year from a Newbie in the UK :)
    Thank you so much for your lessons Steve, I am so enjoying my beginnings in Yoga with you.
    Namaste x
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 2nd, 2013
      Hello Claire! That is wonderful. I am so happy you are enjoying the classes and Yogaglo! Keep up the great work! Wishing you all the best in 2013! Namaste, Steven.
  • Linda DeMasi     Jan 2nd, 2013
    A perfect way to begin my new year -- thank you so much! Thankful for YogaGlo and thankful it found me! -- Linda, NY
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 2nd, 2013
      Hi Linda in NY! Thank you for your sweet note! I'm so glad the class helped bring in the New Year! Wishing you all the best for 2013! Steven in LA.
  • Jennifer Pittam     Jan 2nd, 2013
    I'm also taking this class on 2nd January 2013! It was great, thank you - especially enjoyed the careful instructions regarding placing, pacing oneself for the long haul and graceful transition.
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 2nd, 2013
      Hi Jennifer! That is so cool! I guess that means you liked the class, huh?! I wish you all the best in 2013! Steven.
  • annika isterling     Jan 1st, 2013
    Loved this practice! I enjoy seeing you here again, Steven. Love from Hamburg. -Annika
    • Steven Espinosa     Jan 2nd, 2013
      Hello Sweet Annika! So nice to hear from you my Hamburg friend! I hope you are doing well and are enjoying the start of a wonderful New Year! I send you lots of love. From My Heart, Steven.
  • Tamar Halpern     Dec 19th, 2012
    I'm using this to prepare for 2013! A great theme never gets stale. It's so important to me to be able to practice with one of my original and favorite teachers. Thank you YogaGlo for making it possible. Hugs to you Steven, and happy new year! xo
    • Steven Espinosa     Dec 27th, 2012
      Tamar! How lovely to hear from you my dear friend! Thank you for your sweet message. You made my day. I miss seeing your beautiful smile in class but happy that you are enjoying seeing mine on YGlo. Hope to see you in the new year! Sending you lots of love, Steven.
  • NATHALIE RICHALET     Dec 17th, 2012
    Thank you so much for the grace you bring at home all year round (Cannes, France). Happy holidays and Happy New Year. Nathalie
    • Steven Espinosa     Dec 18th, 2012
      Hello Nathalie! Wow. Thank you so much for your sweet message. It really means a lot to me. I wish you a very Happy Holiday and New Years in Cannes! Steven.
  • nancy bernstein     May 8th, 2012
    Lovely class, thanks! Works well in May, too. I feel balanced and grounded and calm and energized. Thank you, Steven.
    • Steven Espinosa     May 9th, 2012
      You are welcome, Nancy! Thank you for the lovely note. Happy to know the class still works in May! Have a great day! Steven.
  • Steven Espinosa     Apr 11th, 2012
    Hi Genevieve! Wonderful to hear from you. Thank you for your sweet note. Yes, there is a whole behind the scenes team at YGlo and they work so hard. So I will be sure to pass along your gratitude. Happy New Year in April! Steven.
  • Genevieve Fewell     Apr 10th, 2012
    Dear Steven,

    Thank for this class--it was so balanced and I was able to start practicing the yoga breath (can't spell it!) while transitioning from pose to pose. I also appreciate your gratitude at the end of class for everyone who helps make Yogaglo possible--I don't know the behind-the-scenes folks--many thanks to them from me, too! This is a great service!

    Enjoyed celebrating the new year again in April...

    Genevieve
  • Steven Espinosa     Mar 27th, 2012
    You are so welcome. It makes me happy to hear it was exactly what you needed. That is so cool. Enjoy your day! Steven.
  • Steven Espinosa     Mar 23rd, 2012
    Hey Rebecca! OMG. That is so funny about the super long pigeon! I laughed out loud! So glad you enjoyed your first class with me on YGlo. Thanks for the sweet note! Namaste' Steven.
  • Rebecca Haugh     Mar 23rd, 2012
    thanks for this class... this was the first pigeon I did with my back foot flexed and it was so different and more challenging. I always appreciate a new teacher - new for me as this was my 1st class I took of yours. I like the reminders of how to keep your body, strong, etc etc. One pigeon lasted so long and then I realized my internet connection was frozen!! That was funny. Blessings & Namaste.
  • Steven Espinosa     Mar 10th, 2011
    Hi Temple. So glad you enjoyed the class. I love pigeon pose too! It also makes me happy that you enjoyed the theme of pacing ourselves. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for being a part of YogaGlo! Namaste, Steven.
  • Steven Espinosa     Mar 10th, 2011
    Hello Marion. Thank you for your beautiful comments. It is always extra special when coming from another teacher. I am so happy that you are able to make it back to your mat. I send you many blessings for your continued health and happiness. Love and Light, Steven.
  • Temple Hightower     Mar 9th, 2011
    That was wonderful. I feel so much better. Anyone who gives me pigeon pose is my friend! :) I really did need the advice to pace for the long run, because I have been getting impatient with myself lately. Thank you Steven.
  • Marion Lacroix     Mar 9th, 2011
    I found this to be a lovely short routine full of energy and light. I am a yoga instructor who is just coming back to my mat after a year of medical issues. Bless you for providing such an accessible and beautiful practice. Namaste.
  • Steven Espinosa     Feb 7th, 2011
    Dear Julie. That just may be one of the sweetest, most wonderful comments I've ever received. Thank you so much for your kind words. It really means a lot to me and makes all our efforts worth it. We all are very proud of our work at YogaGlo exactly for people such as yourself. So thank you right back. Keep up the good work and if you ever have any questions or requests please feel free to contact me! Much love, Steven.
  • Julie Clifford     Feb 4th, 2011
    Steven, you brighten my days! I started yogaglo a little mote than a month ago and have realized the benefit of daily yoga. I took your advice of pacing myself for the long run....that is what keeps us on track. I used to go to a studio and found reasons not to fit in the time. Now, I can come to my mat before work in the morning and still get my kids off to school. I found time to enrich my soul first. Your techniques are invaluable, as I don't have an instructor with me to correct my poses. You do a lovely job painting a mental picture of where my body should be at any given time. You are a gift and I thank you! Your words of inspiration "hit the spot" when I need them:)
    Julie
  • Steven Espinosa     Jan 26th, 2011
    Hello Libby. Thank you for the wonderful feedback. It makes me happy to know that you are both enjoying and learning from the yoga. Hope you have a beautiful day! Steven.
  • Elizabeth Scanlan     Jan 25th, 2011
    Steve,
    Have tried a few of your classes and find them to be thorough and informative. Thanks!
    Libby
  • Steven Espinosa     Jan 12th, 2011
    Dear Cathy. I always look forward to your comments. Thank you for your continued support and kind hearted words. It really means a lot to me. I send you warm thoughts and many blessings. Steven.
  • Steven Espinosa     Jan 12th, 2011
    Hi Sharon. That's awesome. When a class meets what we need on that day is the best! Thanks to you too! Steven.
  • Steven Espinosa     Jan 12th, 2011
    Hi Stefanie. Glad the instruction was easy to follow for you. That really means a lot to me. Thank you for your kind words. Beautiful day! Steven.
  • Steven Espinosa     Jan 12th, 2011
    Thanks Janet. I appreciate your sweet comments. It makes me happy that you are enjoying all of our efforts at The Glo! Here's to more in the New Year! Steven.
  • Steven Espinosa     Jan 12th, 2011
    Hi Katie. So glad the practice had meaning for you during your work transition. Let the garbage be gone! Sending you best wishes for a great New Year! Steven.
  • Sharon Plante     Jan 9th, 2011
    Just what I needed today! Thank you.
  • Stefanie Long     Jan 8th, 2011
    Easy to follow from home because of great cues and transitions - thank you!
  • Janet Chittock     Jan 8th, 2011
    Lovely words and great yoga, as always. Thank you Steven. Happy New Year to you too.
  • Katie Serbus     Jan 7th, 2011
    Thank you for this practice, Steven. I loved the breath focus. I'm going through a transition at work and this was just what I needed to empty some needless garbage from my mind! Namaste.
  • Cathy Benthagen     Jan 6th, 2011
    Thank you for you words of wisdom and encouragment supported with the power of Grace in a beautiful practice...for the long distance in life and on the mat!! Happy New Year again Steven!