Align, Stabilize and Stretch

Intermediate I
This class is meant to be a part of a series that you can see in our program Establish Your Core Stability and Strength and on our Yoga for Beginners page. This class shows you what a full-length class feels like when you put a lot of emphasis on core stability throughout. As we said in the earlier classes, the intention is to feel light as you do yoga, maintaining a slow, deep breath, while attempting to balance effort and release in everything that you do.
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Tina12077
Tina12077
January 16, 2022
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Thank you for your calm spirit with teaching. I enjoyed this class.

Gitti
Gitti
December 6, 2021
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I do feel rejuvenated. Good for body and soul. Thanks, David.

CatherineYoga
CatherineYoga
June 16, 2021
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Thank you, David. This was glorious and exactly what my mind and body needed.

lucidbee
lucidbee
December 11, 2020
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Awesome. I work with some stiffness in my lower back and hips and this class puts together all the most helpful, deep, thorough, gentle stretches to nourish this part of my body. It's not an exercise practice it's a stretch practice and something I want to add to my routine several times a week. This is a gem. Thank you.

Phil__Stone
Phil__Stone
October 30, 2020
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Really enjoyed this session. Great clear instruction. I now feel taller and better aligned :-)

SuzeC
SuzeC
October 28, 2020
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wonderful class. not only great stretches delivered in an easy manner, but also super peaceful! thanks from a new subscriber but keen yoga student a long time ago.

Arda
Arda
October 2, 2020
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wonderful intense yet calming stretch exercise. Feel so aligned afterwards , Thank you

ventrilla
ventrilla
July 15, 2020
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I felt so aligned and in tune with the solidness of my body after this class. Thank you for a great session, I feel so strong and good after!

monkeymath
monkeymath
May 8, 2020
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Just finished all the sessions of the "Yoga for absolute beginners" series. Going in, I was curious, but rather sceptic, about yoga. I enjoyed almost all of the classes immensely. I'd often feel lazy and really have to pushing myself to do it, but I'd always end up feeling so much better afterwards. This class was particularly wonderful.
It's fascinating how you can change a sensation so fundamentally just by shifting your focus to a particular aspect of it - for me, that was often the case when David reminds us to "lengthen" the whole body instead of stretching just an individual body part.

Needless to say, I just subscribed as a member. This is some wonderful content, available for free, and I am glad to support it.

Kkeating
Kkeating
May 1, 2020
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David is amazing at using words to explain how to move the body. Really remarkable! The only place my body got lost was warrior pose.

JJ77847
JJ77847
April 24, 2020
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That was Excellent I’m looking forward to more videos of her progress with this wonderful beginners series

roadsofa
roadsofa
April 23, 2020
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Wow, that was difficult but great workout. Using muscles we have forgotten about. Wondering why you clapped your hands David. Were you trying to get someones attention? LOL

JMacDee
JMacDee
April 20, 2020
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Some wonderful streches for the legs and hips. David's calm instruction all the way through. I really enjoyed this one.

maharlikans
maharlikans
April 11, 2020
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Wow this one was tough! I think I have really tight hamstrings and I can't bend my torso much while keeping my spine straight so a lot of the motions were really difficult for me, especially those with the strap and stretches where I have to keep my legs straight while moving my torso around. Despite that, I feel much better physically; I noticed when I was sitting in shavasana at the end I was very angry at myself for not being able to do the motions, so I really was able to calmly note that rather than further berate myself.

MFink
MFink
March 28, 2020
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This is one of my all time favorite classes. Everything about it is perfect, other than an editing error at 44:35. I do not know if you can still go back an fix it, but that would be fantastic as the error is rather jarring. Thank you for all you do.

Roobus
Roobus
April 1, 2020
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I have been doing this for years and could never understand why David was hitting something. Being in the moment I never looked to see exactly what was going on. Thanks for clearing that up for me! Namaste.

ejanedelong
ejanedelong
March 20, 2020
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Beautiful and deeply healing. I am rehabbing a hip injury during the Corona virus. Since I cannot see my PT, this is a great way to keep healing my hip. Thank you David!

Christine Lamb
Christine Lamb
November 22, 2019
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Wow, I really loved this class! Thank you David! I am doing the "Establish Your Core Stability and Strength" program, and I've really been loving it so far. I was able to get into the present moment in this class, as David gently moved us into the poses slowly, deliberately and precisely. I so appreciate taking the time to experience each nuance of the practice. This is the type of yoga I love most, and I thank DYWM for making these classes available.

acalexander
acalexander
October 18, 2019
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This class is so subtlety amazing - really allows for space and time to notice what the body is doing and needing. Many thanks~

dukegal1213
dukegal1213
September 8, 2019
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A wonderful, calming class that works out the “kinks” after a long work week. David’s voice is also calming and his instructions are thorough.

dkondelik
dkondelik
August 20, 2019
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I agree with so many of the people who left comments. David, you calm me, center me and leave me with a positive, nurturing outlook for the remainder of the day. Thank you.

fwatson1
fwatson1
January 30, 2019
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I had to return to more gentle classes. I was doing the 30 day empower yourself challenge and had to tap out at class 9. I have an old sprained ankle so I wasn't feeling good in the knee, back, and hips area at all for a few days after that. Im not giving up though! Your website gives us hurt folk several options to fit our needs. This is still the greatest discovery, thank you so much for what you do!!!

Annette23
Annette23
January 17, 2019
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I just love David's calm voice and precise instruction. This class was great. Relaxing and energizing at the same time. My body and mind feel so good!

lwilliams01
lwilliams01
November 27, 2018
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The feeling I had at the end of this class was so wonderful. A true buzzing feeling throughout my whole body, a calm and quiet mind. Really great attention to the lower body and alignment. Needed this and enjoyed it so much. Thank you.

Johannasjo
Johannasjo
July 27, 2018
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Such a lovely class. I am trying to get back into my yoga routine and this was a perfect way to re-awaken the body. Thank you David!

lindsaymescher
lindsaymescher
May 29, 2018
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I typically enjoy more of a flow/vinyasa practice but was looking for a good stretch to help my soar back and body. I’m going through a loss and major life changes and needed a practice where I could care for my aching body and relax. This was it! I feel less tense after this. Thank you, David!

Maralepp
Maralepp
May 26, 2018
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I came back to the 30 day challenge after a 2 week hiatus, filled with hard physical and emotional work and not enough sleep. This was an excellent class to come back to, as now I feel renewed and energized. Namaste.

Gaynor Walters
Gaynor Walters
May 7, 2018
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I am amazed these classes on this challenge are excellent. Struggling with a few things but wonderful to feel the stretching and no doubt in time when I repeat all of these challenges they will become easier and maybe my body will accept them more. Thank you again for such clear instruction!!!

Paulette9
Paulette9
March 15, 2018
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You did it again, David! This class is nurturing and so mindful. I love the combination of lower and upper body release. The standing section was so precise. This class and your words brought me to a higher level of respect and care for my body. Thank you so very much!

soshedid86
soshedid86
January 20, 2018
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Thank you for another wonderful class. Loved the deep breathing and stretches. Will revisit this practice in the future!

islandbound
islandbound
November 13, 2017
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Thank you for this class. I am taking the 30 day challenge, cherry picking each class based on what I feel my body needs for that day. This class is perfect for a rainy day on the island;) It's going to end up being a 60 day challenge because I want to do every class listed! Great teachers. Best. Yoga. Site. Ever.

KapitiJanice
KapitiJanice
November 7, 2017
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I did this class the morning after a race (cycling), and it took me from stiff and sore to limber and relaxed. Thank you

MichelleRene
MichelleRene
November 5, 2017
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absolutely loved the pace of this class and what it offered me in view of yet another groin strain filtering into my lower back and top of my hip. I'm hoping to move on to a similarly paced class but one which offers more asanas progressing into the warriors, triangles, simple balances and some more floor-based asanas, so that I could get a full body work-out for about 90 minutes. Ron Stewart's classes come close, but he moves a little too quickly. Any other recommendations would be welcome. It would motivate me to become a subscriber, if I could find what i'm looking for. Namaste and in gratitude for this wonderful site and the motivation behind it.

cgoulard
cgoulard
September 11, 2017
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I was looking for a yoga class for stretching and found what i was looking for!
Awesome, my back feels much looser.
Looking forward to look into other classes

CristinaAurelia
CristinaAurelia
August 27, 2017
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David, this was a phenomenal class. I feel strong, balanced, loose and alive. Bless you for your creativity and loving energy. Thank you.

green2u
green2u
August 21, 2017
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David, I have scoliosis in my lower back and your classes, such as this one, have made such a difference in lessening my lower back pain by helping me stretch those stiff areas such as hips, quads and back muscles. And your voice and clear commands are the best! Thank you!

Kellisa225
Kellisa225
August 16, 2017
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I was reluctant to do any of this teacher's classes - not sure why - but this was such a good long stretch - loved it. It put me into a great trance. Thanks!

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
August 12, 2017
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Thank you for the wonderful comments, everyone! I'm so happy that you're enjoying the class.

Cheers,

David
DoYogaWithMe Founder