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Classes / Pranayama
Aharana & Samikarana Pranayama (All Levels)
The mind is deeply entwined with prana, our vital energy. Shari Friedrichsen introduces two gentle pranayama practices to harness and balance our energy, so that we can focus and stabilize our mind. Bring home your scattered energies with aharana and equalize them with samikarana—for a profound experience of inner peace and wholeness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 27 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Classes / Yoga
Cultivating Pranic Awareness in the Body (All Levels)
Prana is the vital force that nourishes—and ultimately makes up—this entire universe. When we cultivate awareness of this energy in ourselves, we gain firsthand experience of the divine compassion and love flowing through us. Shari Friedrichsen leads a class on how to infuse our whole body and mind with prana. Travel with your breath from the perineum to the head—awakening, integrating, and appreciating this benevolent, healing force. Format: Video with audio download Length: 47 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Meditations / Mantra
5-Step Meditation
We may know that meditation involves various elements—such as breath and mantra—but not exactly how to coordinate them. In this guided meditation, Shari Friedrichsen weaves the strands together into a clear, concise process to purify and restore our inner world. Find a comfortable seat and reclaim your intrinsic luminosity. Format: .mp3 audio file with download Length: 15 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Articles / Wisdom
Tapas: Source of Radiance, Joy & Inspiration
How can you revitalize your practice? Tapas, the third niyama (observance) in the eightfold path of yoga, is often thought of as austerity. But it is more than that. Literally, it means “heat, radiant fire.” It is the fire that motivates us to get on our mat and cushion—and makes us radiant. Shari Friedrichsen explains practical, doable ways to apply tapas in our life, so that we can reap the rich rewards of practice.
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Classes / Yoga
Short Practice for Heart Awakening (All Levels)
When we hold tension around the heart, our capacity for self-love is diminished and we find ourselves unable to let go of old burdens. In this short but potent practice, Shari Friedrichsen shares simple centering techniques and poses for strengthening and unfolding the heart area. Learn how to use breath awareness to release habitual patterns of grief and sorrow, and discover renewed vitality at the heart center. Format: Video with audio download Length: 17 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Classes / Yoga
Focus on the Abdomen: Intention into Action (All Levels)
Our abdominal area is a deep and reliable source of will, intelligence, and our ability to take action. In this short practice, Shari Friedrichsen guides you through movements that target the muscles and organs of the belly, using systematic contraction and release to access the power and wisdom located in this part of the body. Learn the more subtle aspects of your core as you release tension and fear, and move through life with more confidence and intention. Format: Video with audio download Length: 16 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Classes / Pranayama
Three Essential Breaths (Gentle/All Levels)
Our breath is our access point to the subtle vibration of prana. Shari Friedrichsen demonstrates how, through simple breathing techniques, we can use the breath to identify and heal emotional scars, release old habits, and relax deeply. Move mindfully through crocodile pose, deep breathing with a breath pillow, and nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), and learn how these cleansing and nourishing practices can lead to a fuller, richer life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 31 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Lectures / Yoga Practice
Energetic Awareness: The Secret to Alignment in Asana
As students and even teachers we tend to think of alignment in yoga postures as an external characteristic of the asana practice—we obsess over the outer shape or even muscular engagement in poses—but the underlying causes of misalignment are often energetic in nature. When we learn to follow the movement of energy in the body, we can start to locate and address the internal factors affecting the outward expression of the pose. In this fun and interactive livestream workshop, Shari Friedrichsen will share insights gained from decades of teaching yoga to students of all levels, ages, and abilities, as well as leading teacher training programs at the Himalayan Institute and around the world. Beginning with simple awareness in several common postures, learn to trace the source of tension or disrupted breathing. Invoking a sense of compassion, guide the breath to specific troubled areas to smooth out energy patterns. Invite the vibration of prana to allow greater strength, ease, and flexibility to emerge throughout the limbs and torso. Whether you are currently a yoga teacher or looking to improve your personal practice, you will gain practical knowledge to breathe new life into the pose and allow alignment to blossom from within. Find a partner to practice and sharpen your teaching skills, or engage in self-study as you move through the poses yourself. Tune in for this special hands-on program on December 16, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. EST, and begin to view alignment from the inside out.
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Classes / Yoga
Ajna Chakra Practice (All Levels)
In this asana class with Shari Friedrichsen, learn how to attain access to the ajna chakra, located at the eyebrow center. Known as the “command center,” this chakra governs the mind itself. When we activate this area in a balanced way, it gives us intuitive knowledge and clear thinking. Explore asanas and pranayama practices that cleanse the mind and bring awareness of the flow of prana through the ida and pingala channels. With a balanced ajna chakra, we have the capacity to relieve mental suffering and discover a greater degree of peace and stability in the mind. Format: Video with audio download Length: 53 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Classes / Yoga
Access, Strengthen, and Behold the Heart (Level 2)
To go deeply into the heart center, we must first build a strong and resilient container for it in the body. To listen to the heart, we must first find stillness in the mind. Join Shari Friedrichsen for this targeted, challenging practice to infuse the body with prana shakti, pausing along the way to consider the effects of each pose on the heart space. Wake up the intelligence of the heart and reveal its deepest mysteries and sacredness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 52 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Classes / Yoga
Vishuddhi Chakra Practice (All Levels)
Gain access to the vishuddhi chakra in this asana class with Shari Friedrichsen. Located at the area of the throat, this chakra governs our ability to express ourselves and to hear truth. Vishuddhi means “pure,” and the throat represents a full moon that reflects the light from the heart and the mind. Master specific asanas that strengthen and create space around the throat. Find your true voice, live more freely, and enhance your creativity by tapping into the power of your vishuddhi chakra. Format: Video with audio download Length: 52 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Classes / Yoga
Find Shakti: Work with the Pelvis (All Levels)
The pelvis is the center of nurturance for much of our life, and it is also the home of shakti. Working both externally with the legs and abdomen and internally with the pelvic floor, Shari Friedrichsen leads a short practice designed to awaken and nourish the pelvis. Locate the less commonly used muscles that stabilize you, and engage them deeply and profoundly for a richer, more fulfilled life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 19 mins
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Shari Friedrichsen