This course is designed and instructed by Livia Taylor, who has been a student of yoga herself since 2002.
These practices are intended to give busy people a chance to slow down and focus on a mind-body connection they may otherwise neglect due to daily demands.
Each 30-minute yoga practice is designed with a different emphasis, ranging from relaxation to complementing your other workouts. If you’re a runner, there’s a class to help open the hips; if you’re a weightlifter, there’s a class to help maintain range of motion and open the shoulders; if you’re looking for a pick-me-up, there’s a class to help you find energy to get through the rest of the day. All classes are suitable for beginners.
Here's a brief run-down of what yoga is, and why it's a useful tool in your life.
Never done yoga before? That's ok! Yoga is a journey and every day is a chance to improve. This video offers encouragement as you approach you mat.
There are lots of ways we can cater yoga to our specific, individual needs. This video gives a look into a few ways props can help us have a great yoga practice.
This video gives some insight on how to use the breath in a yoga practice.
Here are some tips for overcoming a common problem many of us face these days- TEXT NECK. Learn a little bit about how yoga helps us stand taller every day.
This yoga warmup is designed to prepare you for any of the five yoga practices included in this course. Please be sure you don't skip it! This could also be used as a mini, quick workout if you just need something to get your body moving and wake up.
Here's a chance to get comfortable with some of the key poses of yoga, and their variations. Poses will be held for a little longer than you may expect, and can give you a chance to really explore them and find your best variation.
Poses in this sequence focus on releasing emotional and physical tension from the body, with a slightly longer final relaxation at the end.
This segment focuses on the lower body, giving attention to the hips and legs. The sequence has a smooth flow.
This is a practice that focuses a little more on the upper body. There's a lot of arm and shoulder work, with some excellent stretches to counter those movements.
A great practice for a total body workout, this yoga sequence gets progressively deeper, but you can always choose your level for the day and stick with it.
In this short video, I share a sequence of poses to help strengthen the upper body while also opening the hips. Poses include a 3-Legged Downward Dog variation, Pyramid, and Wild Thing. Work your way up to what's comfortably challenging for you, and hold each pose for 3-4 breaths as you work up to the level you need.
In this short video, I share a sequence known as a Moon Salutation. It's cyclical, like the moon (waxing and waning) so you begin on one side before doing the poses on the next. Pay attention, because after doing poses on one side, they're done in reverse on the other side!
The poses included are great for strengthening the quadriceps, stretching the front of the hips and the IT bands, as well as the hamstrings and calves. There are also poses that will give a lateral stretch (side body) through the torso, and help you find length in your posture.
In this short video, I share how to use a block to help learn the Crown Pose. There is little to no weight put onto the block in this arm balance in order to protect the neck!
Crow Pose is a great upper body strengthener, and also activates the abdominal muscles. Play with the block at any height under the forehead until you're ready to fly on your own.
Livia was first introduced to yoga as a senior in high school (2001-2002). Once she began attending Weber State University, she more regularly practiced yoga through the athletic program offered on campus. It became an important part of her life, and in 2009 she certified to teach PiYo (pilates and yoga fusion) with FiTour. In 2010 she certified with YogaFit, followed by an additional Hatha Yoga certification with FiTour. For four years, Livia taught pilates and yoga on campus at Weber State, and for Wasatch Therapy and Fitness of Ogden. She also assisted with the development of a yoga class for Farr West Tumblers and taught there for two years.
In 2016, Livia began her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) training with Salt Lake Community College.