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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.
Equipment:
  • Strap
  • Block
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Georgie Rey
Georgie Rey
August 22, 2022
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Wonderful, deep, thoughtful class, thank you David. Your voice is so calm and relaxing it’s helping me in my journey.

beckymiddleton
beckymiddleton
August 19, 2022
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Another wonderful class from David, I really appreciate the calm and precise teaching method and how this class flowed so smoothly through each set of movements.

Loewenstein
Loewenstein
August 13, 2022
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Over time, I have appreciated David's classes more and more. No fancy poses, just wonderful stretches that one can work into as hard as one wants to. I have developed some soreness in my right knee as well as tight hamstrings and hips from cycling and hiking. This video and David's video for sciatica relief help tremendously.

SealRocksGuy
SealRocksGuy
July 30, 2022
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5
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Outstanding video and instructions. Thank you.

Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
July 5, 2022
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5
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Wonderful... so relaxing and energizing at the same time. Thank you David

SuzanneDove
SuzanneDove
July 4, 2022
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5
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Excellent class to align and ground body and spirit.

ValerieH
ValerieH
July 3, 2022
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5
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I love this class! Thank you David.

MartiTurlington
MartiTurlington
July 3, 2022
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Your classes are incredible. I love the detailed instructions. I never realized until today, its also the way you encourage physical, mental and emotional well being. After all your classes I feel better with all three feeling balanced. Thank you

Nouran Jerjous
Nouran Jerjous
April 13, 2022
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This is one of the best yoga classes I have ever. thank you so much David. I highly appreciate your clear instructions and your quiet voice. Thank you again.

olu5ka
olu5ka
April 4, 2022
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ohhh yes brilliant class as I am on my way back to my fit body. you are very precise and fabulously explain all that has to be done and how it shall feel so brilliant professional guidance plus Your voice is calm and well understood. thanx tonnes and see You on the mat
be well
namaste
Olga

BerniceNicholson
BerniceNicholson
February 22, 2022
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Thank you, I really needed this today. I am coming to do this one a few more times. I already feel better. You are an amazing teacher David!

HeatherAAllen
HeatherAAllen
February 14, 2022
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excellent comprehensive lesson, putting all the breathing and holding core muscles together with stretching. I know I will come back to this one, to gain more awareness of using the core muscles and the breath. Thank you!

Sabriety
Sabriety
February 5, 2022
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5
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I feel so tuned into my body after this class. I love David's instructions and guidance into poses with confidence that I'm aligning and feeling the right things.

yuvraj8991
yuvraj8991
February 4, 2022
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Felt great after doing this session and also able to sit on ground properly after years after doing absolute beginners yoga on DoYogaWithme. Feeling great.

yuvraj8991
yuvraj8991
February 4, 2022
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Felt great after doing this session and also able to sit on ground properly after years after doing absolute beginners yoga on DoYogaWithme. Feeling great.

yogiAndermoser
yogiAndermoser
February 3, 2022
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Luxurious full body stretch. Loved it! As someone who normally only does flow classes, I would not normally have come across this class, had it not been for the DYWM Teacher Training. So grateful to discover a new format. Fabulous new experience. Bookmarked to come back to! Thanks David!

Arda
Arda
February 2, 2022
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David thank you so much. These classes help me so much to stretch my legs and align my back. After a few times doing this I already feel so much more 'space' in my spine.

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.