This 7-Day Hatha Yoga Challenge gives beginner to intermediate students the opportunity to challenge themselves to a full week of dedicated practice that starts with the fundamentals and increases in intensity and difficulty as it goes along. In daily classes of 45 minutes or longer, you’ll have the chance to work with David, Rachel, Melissa and Guy, all of whom are dedicated to making sure you progress holistically and sustainably.
To join: This challenge is free for everyone.
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Maintain Alignment in Seated Poses
Equipment: Strap, Block, Blankets
We begin the 7-Day Challenge with David’s return to alignment fundamentals. Don’t think that this is an easy class, though. Maintaining alignment in even the simplest poses can be a serious challenge for any level of practitioner. Checking in with the fundamentals now will set you up for success in the week ahead.
Slow Flow: Focus on Breathing
Guy leads you through a 45-min hatha yoga flow that focuses on your breathing, a key aspect of any yoga practice. His clear guidance and gentle sequencing make this a satisfying, meditative flow that will help you establish the building blocks to make every practice safe and effective.
A Well-Rounded Challenging Beginner Flow
Difficulty: Challenging Beginner
Rachel is known for keeping you focused and aligned while pushing your boundaries safely. In your first challenging beginner class, you’ll be taking the fundamentals you learned on days one and two and applying them to a more challenging flow. You will be moving through a variety of asanas, including standing poses, seated stretches, reclining postures and core work.
Go With The Flow
On day 4, Melissa takes it down a notch and guides you through a thorough, slightly more gentle, full-body class that pays particular attention to your hips, legs and spine. Her pacing will help you settle and relax and the nice long savasana will help you release any remaining tension and stress.
Marichyasana I: Strength and Stretch
Equipment: Block, Bolster
David jumps in for day 5 with the first of his 2-part series leading you into a seated arm bind pose called marichyasana I (A) or pose dedicated to the sage Marichi I. David teaches you how to strengthen and stretch the legs, back, hips and shoulders in a way that prepares you for the peak pose, which you can do in the second class of this series, Marichyasana II: Full Pose (you will need to be a subscriber for this class).
Deep Hip Opening Flow
Melissa is back for day 6 with a hatha yoga flow that digs deeper into the tension of the hips, legs and back, while slowly building up to more challenging poses. Her calm guidance and gentle pacing make this class accessible to most students.
Bow Pose: Core Strength
Rachel is back for the final day of this 7-day challenge, with the first in her series of four classes that help you progress toward bow pose (dhanurasana). This invigorating intermediate flow works your core while cueing the alignment you will need to move into any deep backbend. Near the end of the class, Rachel will take you into camel pose (ustrasana), a backbend that is accessible to most students, before a brief cool down and a much deserved savasana. Congratulations on completing the challenge!
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