8-Hour Yoga Alignment Course with Lesley Fightmaster
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8-Hour Yoga Alignment Course with Lesley Fightmaster

Deepen your yoga practice and learn how to practice safely.
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4.9 (81 ratings)
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400 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2015
English
Price: $70
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Includes:
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Deepen your practice
  • Align yourself in frequently practiced yoga postures.
  • Avoid injuries in your practice.
  • Improve your overall posture.
  • Be inspired.
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Requirements
  • A yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, and a yoga strap.
  • Yoga blankets or use your own blankets or towels.
Description

This yoga course is focused on proper alignment and meant for students of all levels, from those who have a little yoga experience to those who are teachers. We will cover proper alignment techniques for popular yoga poses and strategies for avoiding injuries in your practice. This course comes with 11 full length sessions with me so you can put to practice immediately what you've learned.

We will break down and practice poses that you'll most often see in my classes and most Hatha yoga teachers' classes. We'll look at poses where the front leg is neutrally rotated in the pelvis and poses where the front leg is in external rotation. We'll also break down sun salutations (Surya Namaskar A and B) and variations. We also practice proper alignment in chatturanga, upward dog and downward dog. Inversions are discussed and practiced as well.

Our course is structured so that you'll watch the interactive lectures first and then practice the 30-minute vinyasa flow classes. The course will take you about 8 hours to complete. I would recommend practicing one section at a time and then the practice. Each section will take 45 minutes to an hour to complete (including the practice) and I've included quiz's after each lecture to be sure the information stays with you.

Take this course if you love yoga! I want us all to practice until we're well into our 90's, so let's make our alignment as good as it can be. This course is based on my 10 years of teaching as well as my experience as a teacher trainer. I've taught over ten 200-hour teacher training courses through YogaWorks and I'm also a teacher on the faculty of the 300-hour professional program. The YogaWorks method is the "Gold Standard" of teacher training, so the information you'll receive here is awesome!

Who is the target audience?
  • This yoga course is meant for students who have a little yoga experience to those who are teachers.
  • New students will benefit from the specific alignment instructions.
  • Intermediate and advanced practitioners will enjoy the subtle actions in the body on a deeper level.
  • Yoga teachers will gain new ways of teaching postures.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 36 Lectures Collapse All 36 Lectures 07:52:08
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Lesson 1: Foundations and Breath
4 Lectures 41:50

Ujjayi breath, Tadasana (Mountain pose), and the 3 platforms of the body.

Preview 08:42

Ujjayi breath
2 questions

The Foundations of a pose, how we ground down and then lift away to create energy and ways to avoid compensating for tight area in the body.

Foundations, Grounding/Lifting, and Compensating for Tight Areas
02:45

Foundations, Grounding/Lifting
3 questions

An exercise in Table and "Bird Dog" pose (lifting opposite arms and legs from table) to practice stability of the trunk and pelvis.

Trunk Stabilization Exercise
02:30

Trunk Stability
2 questions

Enjoy a 30 Minute Yoga Practice that will reinforce the principles that were taught in the Lesson 1 lectures.
Preview 27:53
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Lesson 2: Externally Rotated Standing Poses
4 Lectures 47:18

Learn proper alignment in Warrior 2 and Triangle pose and how to ensure the safety of your knee and lower back.

Virabadrasana 2 (Warrior 2) and Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle)
08:15

Quiz on Externally Rotated Standing Poses

Vira 2 (Warrior 2) and Trikonasana (Triangle)
2 questions

Practicing Tree Pose (Vksasana) and how to align the hips

Preview 03:37

Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
2 questions

Learn and practice the proper alignment of Half Moon and Side Angle poses.

Ardha Chandrasana (half moon) and Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle)
05:35

Half moon side angle pose
3 questions

Lesson 2 Externally Rotated Poses 30 minute Yoga Flow Class
29:51
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Lesson 3: Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutation A)
4 Lectures 43:48

Sun Salutation A or Surya Namaskar A Practice and breaking down Chatturanga.

Surya A (Sun Salutation A) Practice with Chatturanga Focus
08:16

Chatturanga
2 questions

How to jump back to chatturanga and how to practice Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukjha Svanasana).

Sun Salutation A Practice Upward dog and jumping back
03:09

Upward Dog and Jumping back
2 questions

Sun Salutation A and practicing downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana)

Sun Salutation A Practicing Downward Facing Dog
08:24

Downward Facing Dog
3 questions

Lesson 3: Surya A 30-Minute Yoga Practice
23:59
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Lesson 4: Asymmetrical Standing Poses with a Neutral Pelvis
5 Lectures 54:21

Learn what an asymmetrical neutrally rotated pose is and how to practice them.

Which poses are Asymmetrical?
01:20

Asymmetrical Neutrally Rotated Standing Poses
2 questions

Practice Warrior 1/Vira 1 and Parsvottanasana (pyramid pose)

Practice Virabhadrasana 1 or Warrior 1, Parsvottanasana (Pyramid) and Vira 3
07:27

Asymmetrical Neutrally Rotated Standing Poses
3 questions

Learn the safest way to twist and how to practice twisting triangle (Pavritta Trikonasana)

Practice Standing Twists: Twisted Triangle
08:13

Twisted Triangle
2 questions

Learn how to practice and modify twisted side angle (Parsvakonasana) and twisted half moon (Ardha Chanrasana)

Practice: Twisted Side angle and Twisted Half Moon
04:29

Standing Twists
2 questions

Lesson 4: Standing Neutral and Twists 30-minute Yoga Practice
32:52
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Lesson 5: Surya Namaskar B and Vira 1 to Vira 2
3 Lectures 38:25

Practice Surya Namaskar B and variations. Learn the correct breath to movement and alignment of each pose.

Surya Namaskar B (Sun Salutation B)
07:48

Surya B and Warrior 1 to Warrior 2
2 questions

Learn the best way to transition from warrior 1 (Vira 1) to warrior 2 (vira 2) and why they are different poses.

Transition from Warrior 1 to Warrior 2
06:15

Transition from Warrior 1 to Warrior 2
2 questions

Lesson 5: Surya B and Vira 1 to Vira 2 30-Minute Yoga Class
24:22
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Lesson 6: Inversions and Abdominals
2 Lectures 38:28

Practice setting up for inversions and learn when you shouldn't practice them.

How to Practice Inversions and When to Avoid Them
08:20

Inversions
3 questions

Lesson 6: Inversions and Abs 30-Minute Yoga Practice
30:08
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Lesson 7: Shoulderstand and Plough
3 Lectures 38:57

Learn a safe way to set up and practice shoulder stand.

Practice Setting Up for Shoulderstand
07:29

Shoulder Stand
3 questions

Learn how and when to use a strap in shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana).

How to use a Strap in Shoulderstand if your elbows go wider than your shoulders
01:54

Shoulderstand with a strap
1 question

Lesson 7 Shoulderstand 30-minute Yoga Practice
29:34
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Lesson 8: Backbends that Strengthen the Back
2 Lectures 36:22

Practice backbends that strengthen the back such as: Salabasana (locust), cobra (Bujangasana), Camel (Ustrasana)

A Tutorial to Practice Strengthening Backbends Safely
05:55

Backbends that Strengthen
3 questions

Lesson 8 Practice: Backbends that Strengthen the Back
30:27
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Lesson 9: Urdvha Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow or Wheel Pose)
3 Lectures 44:34
Practice Proper set-up for Wheel
07:23

Wheel or Urdvha Dhanurasana
2 questions

Find out about the "wheels" in practicing your backbends and why they're helpful.

Practicing the "Wheels" in your Backbend
02:19

Practicing "The Wheels" in your Backbends
2 questions

Lesson 9 Practice: Urdhva Dhanurasana
34:52
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Lesson 10: Seated Poses
3 Lectures 44:36

Learn how to set up for seated poses and what props to use (if any)

Practice setting up for Seated Poses With Props and How to Fold Forward
07:48

Seated Poses
2 questions

This lecture will invite you to practice some seated poses: cobblers pose (Baddha Konasana), wide-legged forward fold (Upavistha Konsana) and seated twist (Marichiasana C) and review the principles of twisting.

Practice Seated Twists, Baddha Konasana and Upavistha Konasana
06:41

Seated twists and forward folds
2 questions

Lesson 10 Yoga Practice: Seated Forward Bends and Twists
30:07
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About the Instructor
Lesley Fightmaster
4.9 Average rating
80 Reviews
400 Students
1 Course
Teacher Trainer, Yoga Alliance Certified E-RYT 500

Lesley Fightmaster, E-RYT 500, leads a breath-focused, alignment based class that combines her deep love of movement with the practice of yoga. Lesley believes that the transformational gift of yoga should be available to as many people at possible and offers yoga classes on multiple online platforms.

Lesley is a certified instructor and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She earned her 200-hour certificate trough YogaWorks in 2006 and went on to complete her 300-hour training to become E-RYT 500 certified. Lesley is now on the faculty of the YogaWorks teacher training department. She leads 200-hour certification programs and teaches in the 300 hour program. Students appreciate Lesley's ability to infuse her meditative and flowing Vinyasa classes with yoga philosophy, concise technical alignment, and some heart-felt humor.