Audio practices by Amanda McMaine are non-scripted, inner journeys focusing on the union between body, mind, and breath. These downloadable practices allow you to take Amanda's transformative instruction with you wherever you go. Add them to your phone, tablet, or computer to deepen your self-inquiry.


NEW! Foundations: Yoga Asana and Nidra Practice

The primary focus of this asana practice is on the foundational movements and techniques that govern the mobility, stability, and health of all parts of the body, with particular attention to the joints.

A significant emphasis of this movement journey is on the breath — beginning in stillness with a simple awareness of the breath and continuing with an exploration of how breath informs and supports our poses as well as our daily activities, supported by an integrated core.

Sure to leave you feeling strong, open, and focused. A real favorite with beginners and experienced practitioners alike!

 
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NEW! Foundations: Complete Set ($26)

Combine and save! The complete set includes both the Yoga Asana and Nidra Foundations practices.

PROPS:  Yoga mat, three blankets, two blocks, and a strap

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NEW! Foundations: Yoga Asana ($16)

This 70-minute asana practice uses your breath to take you deep within yourself on a journey that is both meditative and strengthening.

PROPS:  Yoga mat, three blankets, two blocks, and a strap

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NEW! Foundations:  Yoga Nidra ($16)

This 35-minute, non-scripted, iRest-based yoga nidra fluidly guides you into profound relaxation and restoration through experiencing the perfection of this moment.

PROPS:  Yoga mat and three blankets


 

Additional Favorites from Amanda

 
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A Women’s Practice ($16)

This practice is done on the floor with an emphasis on awakening the core strength, balancing the SI joints, and bringing a deep sense of strength and freedom to the spine.

PROPS:  Yoga mat, three blankets, and two blocks

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Fluid Strength ($16)

This practice includes breath meditation, asana practice, and savasana. Designed to encourage the development of core strength that is both fluid and deeply supportive.

PROPS:  Yoga mat, three blankets, and two blocks

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Illuminating the Core ($16)

This rejuvenating practice begins with a breathing meditation, followed by an inspiring series of asanas, and ends with a blissful relaxation. The three tracks may be used together or individually.

PROPS:  Yoga mat, three blankets, two blocks, and a strap

 

The Illuminating the Core: Yoga with Amanda McMaine CD provides some remarkable instruction. The cover photo, which shows Amanda McMaine in profile in a beautiful Bow Pose variation, should have tipped me off right away: It’s a pose that only serious practitioners and Cirque du Soleil performers can easily accomplish. But if you think this is another shoot-‘em-up Power Yoga trip, think again. The pace is extremely slow throughout—excruciatingly so if you’re a fan of straight-forward doing rather than achieving subtle understanding.

The first track — which is the longest, at 28 minutes — includes a six-minute seated breathing meditation; a 10-minute reclining warm-up stretch for the hips, torso, and shoulders; and another 10-minute exercise series that moves from a reclining Mountain Pose to Bridge. Next comes an 18-minute asana track — but again, expect quality, not quantity. The session begins with the practitioner on hands and knees, then moves to Downward-Facing Dog, Standing Forward Bend, Mountain, a lunge, and Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend — remember, all of this takes almost 20 minutes. Finally, track 3, which is again 18 minutes long, offers instructions for a seated twist, supported Child’s Pose, and relaxation.

This entire practice is essentially an intense meditation on breath and its relationship to what McMaine calls the “fluid body” — a vision of the body as supremely malleable, not only physically but energetically. With her nurturing voice and mantra-like reminders to “root to rise” — as B.K.S. Iyengar says, you must go down before you can go up — McMaine emphasizes physical symmetry and the integration and coordination of normally fragmented parts or areas of the body. This is one of the most useful and inspiring CD presentations I’ve heard in a long time, appropriate for thinking students of all levels.
— Richard Rosen