Crazy Eights

Josh Chen
Instructor Josh Chen
Average: 5 (21 votes)
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This vinyasa flow class with Josh focuses on hip strengthening and core strength. Prepare to move through a playful and strong power sequence that builds to astavakrasana (also known as eight angle pose), a challenging arm balance. Note: You will need two blocks for this practice.

Equipment: Block
Style: Vinyasa/Power Yoga


Sue Tonin 2 months ago

Excellent class, thank you once more, Josh. Your quiet, modest style and lovely use of language are very peaceful and encouraging.

Skyoga 2 months ago

Great job, Josh! It has been awhile since I have done what you call eight angle pose; however, it was nice to know that I can still do it at 67 years of age :). Looking forward to doing more of your classes.

zoeg 2 months ago

Thank you, Josh - I enjoy your gentle approach to strengthening sequences. I'm confident that I will one day be able to achieve the full expression of this peak pose! My hips and hamstrings felt amazing after this class. I hope to see more intermediate classes from you in the future!


sydnirae 2 months ago

I love the pace and challenge here. Lots of opportunities for vinyasa, and clear instructions about each movement. And thank you for your encouraging tone throughout!

Question, though: I've noticed on this site that many teachers (including Josh) go to downward dog before plank in vinyasas. I've also noticed that when the back knee is down, teachers keep their toes tucked. I'm used to vinyasas going straight from forward fold to plank (or chattarunga) and untucking my toes with the back knee bent. Are these regional practices that I haven't seen in person, or are there technical reasons?

Fiji McAlpine 2 months ago

Great question,

The way in which a teacher cues the transition between these fundamental vinyasa transistions has a lot to do with the style of yoga they studied. It can also be a result of things they have learned about their own anatomy along the way. For example, I have a very unique transition from upward dog to downward dog, this is a result of my lower back mobility and studying under a Jivamukti teacher who transitioned this way. I think the best answer for you and other students, is to choose the movement that works best for your body, and keeps your joints safe.

kathrynbirkholm 2 months ago

Thank you josh. Have practiced with tracey,fiji, and others for years. First time with you. What a wonderful balance you have in your flow, your voice and presence. Thank you! Lovely.