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Start where you are, on your mat and take a journey inward on a game-changing journey.
You guys, if you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that yoga has changed my life. It’s not for everyone, but many people say that this practice helps them truly come into their own because it slows the mind and creates space for happier thoughts.
If you’ve never done yoga, but you’re curious, I want you to explore this. It could just be the catalyst you’ve been waiting for…
Online Yoga Retreat
If you’ve ever been curious about yoga, but you’re too intimidated by the poses, I have the solution for you. Don’t worry if you think you’re simply not flexible enough to contort yourself into a pretzel. Regardless of whether or not you can touch your toes, you’re going to love 3-Week Yoga Retreat, coming in September to Beachbody On Demand.
This 3-Week Yoga Retreat is perfect if you’re new to the yoga mat, as this beginner yoga program will guide you through three weeks of basic yoga classes and help you feel less stressed, improve your flexibility, and increase your balance. The program doesn’t require any equipment (though a yoga mat, yoga block, and a strap are all helpful), and there are modifiers for each of the moves to help ease you in.
You guys, the idea of a progressive yoga program that takes you from beginner to pro in three weeks is pretty much unheard of in the yoga world. Most classes are considered stand alone, and you join them based on your own skill level. This is a progressive program that starts at the beginning and coaches you along a path to improvement. That’s so awesome as you can’t possibly be left behind (as I often still feel in a yoga class after years of practice).
The 3-Week Yoga Retreat makes the moves easy to understand and was designed so you can easily follow along. Beachbody did an extensive search to find four trainers that you’ll not only love but who are also masters of the practice. This trusted team of four will guide you through each session with cueing so precise you could do the program blindfolded (not that we’d recommend that).
After completing one 30-minute or shorter class a day, you’ll have a deeper understanding of yoga by the end of 21 days. You’ll also have the confidence to hold your own in any yoga class!
Week 1 – Online Yoga Retreat
Each week builds upon the prior one, and the 21-day program kicks off with Week 1 led by Vytas Baskauskas, a trainer who already has a dedicated following in Los Angeles (and, yes you may have seen him on Survivor!). He’s been studying and practicing yoga for more than 15 years, and approaches the discipline in a functional and technical way that will help you understand not just the poses, but also why they’re important. During that first week, Vytas will teach you yoga fundamentals so you can build a solid foundation for the weeks to come.
Week 2 – Online Yoga Retreat
In Week 2 of the 3 Week Yoga Retreat, Elise picks up where Vytas leaves off, helping you expand on the poses and postures you learned in Week 1. A former dancer turned certified yoga instructor with a background in Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, she’s trained A-list celebrities and motivated countless clients to improve their lives with the practice. Elise says that with this program she “got to draw on my primary passion as a teacher, which is to awaken people to realize their full potential… both on and off the mat.”
Final Week – Yoga Retreat
For the final week, you’ll progress with Ted McDonald. He’ll kick your practice up a notch, and you’ll begin to see improvements in both your skills and understanding of yoga. This former Elite Adventure Racer and lifelong athlete is educated in both Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga and uses his classes to help his students improve their flexibility, strength, and focus. He’s been one of Tony Horton’s yoga teachers for years, is one of the designated yoga teachers for the Tour De France, and knows how to guide you through a practice that may also help you see greater results in higher-intensity programs.
During the weeks you’re led by Vytas, Elise and Ted, but on the weekends, you’re in the hands of Faith Hunter. On Saturdays, it’s your time to relax and unwind, and on Sunday squeeze in a little yoga by choosing from a variety of 10-minute yoga sessions. This Washington D.C./NYC-based instructor began studying yoga in the early 1990s and has taught at many high-profile events around the globe. She has studied Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Kundalini Yoga, and blends classic yogic principles, meditation, and real-world personal experiences into a passionate and free-spirited teaching style.
The Classes in 3 Week Yoga Retreat
- Mondays are Core. The foundation of yoga starts in your core. This class focuses on exercises that engage, activate, and build awareness of these very important muscles.
- Tuesdays are Stretch. This class is aimed at helping you stretch, extend, and lengthen all the muscles in your body with a variety of poses.
- Wednesdays are Balance. Challenge yourself with a series of different postures that engage the core and help you develop better balance inside and out.
- Thursdays are Flow. In this class, you’ll put together everything you’ve learned so far and connect it with your breathing in a nonstop “flowing” format. This is Vinyasa Flow, Beachbody-style.
- Fridays are Flow to Go, a shorter, more advanced version of Thursday’s class that features a little less cueing.
- Saturdays are Relax. Faith helps you unwind from your week with this relaxing class.
- Sundays are Take 10. These are short, 10-minute classes that will help you wake up, wind down, or work those abs. Pick one or do all three.
Ready to get started? The 3 Week Yoga Retreat is launching soon on Beachbody On Demand with 21 classes, a Quick Start Guide, Beginner’s Basic Video, a Pose Tracker, and a Class Calendar.
It’s also free for Beachbody On Demand (aka, BOD) members! If you’re not familiar with BOD, think of it as Netflix for fitness. There are literally hundreds of workouts, from yoga and weight lifting to Hip hop and line dancing. So if you’re looking to spice up your current workouts, or want to just get your butt off the couch – sign up for Beachbody On Demand today. It’s only $2.99 a week – less than the cost of a Grande Latte at Starbucks.
If you sign up for this program, you’ll also get access to my private fitness group that starts Sept 5, but you’ve got to sign up BOD now to get in.
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, healthy recipes, home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.