Back to the Mat

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Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.9 (363 votes)
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If you have taken some time away from yoga, whether it's due to an injury or other life event, this is a great class to get you going once again. Fiji slows down the typical pace of her class to spend time re-establishing yoga principles while moving you through a fun, dynamic vinyasa class.

Equipment: Block
Style: Vinyasa Yoga


Namaste! Grateful for the perfect way to get "back on the matt
Dawn Bowles 2 months ago

Fiji I really appreciate your classes. They are both challenging but thoughful and mindful that we don't all progress in yoga in a linear line. I'm looking forward to the rest of the challenge. I'm being realistic and have given myself 40 days to do these 30 classes. Thank you!

back from holidays
ag329 3 months ago

thank you for not only this back-to-the-mat practice, but for your encouragement for any of us getting back into the swing of things. I always enjoy your classes, and hope you are well after your medical reasons. God bless and I'm looking forward to the rest of this challenge! <3

Thank you for helping me feel more centred
pianoskate 4 months ago

This weekend has been an emotionally challenging one. I have used this practice for part of a Sunday of self care, and it has been so beautiful, thank you.

Loved this!
mageronski 4 months ago

I decided to restart yoga a bit over a week ago with the first course of Fiji's 14-day challenge, and I was surprised to find it was completely beyond my current ability. I've been doing daily beginner / yin yoga since then to try and work through some of my stiffness, so this was my first foray back into the land of intermediate classes. I really appreciate the slightly slower pace of this class and that Fiji starts off with a gentler version of nearly every pose the first time it's presented, which allowed me to progress through the class without either sitting poses out or trying to push through my injuries. This is a really great option both for those coming back to the mat and for those progressing through beginner classes who want to challenge themselves with an easy to follow intermediate class.

Doing the 30 day challenge
BHiner 9 months ago

It has been several months since I maintained a steady yoga practice. I saw this website and I really liked this class. I look forward to the other 29 days!

Thank you
Connienaka 9 months ago

Thank you so much for firstly, offering this set of 30 day challenge for free. You have no idea how valuable this is to me at this time in my life. Secondly, I'd like to thank Fiji- the practice was awesome, straight to my heart and now an important part of my recovery from depression. I'm going to say something here and anyone who can relate please connect with me. I am a Messianic believer in Yeshua. I have heard over and over " don't do yoga because it will lead you on paths you shouldn't go". I'm so tired of hearing that. I've been practicing yoga in the " closet" for years. This practice today is such an important part of my recovery. I stopped life for a while- stopped doing everything that I loved! Finished, you were so kind and gentle in this practice that I cried. Thank you. Thank you for helping me and so many others. As soon as I am able I will support this yoga community. We are taking care of parents right now- an added financial responsibility- and we are retired. Offering so much for free here is deeply appreciated. Much love and Shalom from Japan.

Love right back at you!
Fiji McAlpine 9 months ago

Hi Connie,

I am so happy to hear that this site and this class has been part of your path to healing. Yoga for me has been an ongoing process of getting to know myself, and what is true in my own heart. This practice was meaningful to me also, I had been away for a few months due to medical reasons. Coming back reminded me what an important part of my life yoga had become. Your story and others like it are why I stay motivated to film and share this incredible practice. Thank you!

Another wonderful Fiji class....sorry I keep saying this
nadomom 10 months ago

I've been away from yoga for health reasons. This is a nice way for me to ease back into it. Thank you Fiji.

Thank you, Fiji!
alghaita 1 year ago

I practiced yoga consistently for a few years but I haven't been consistent for the past year and a half, unfortunately. The teacher in this video really understood her audience in terms of being away from the mat for a while but still kept it challenging enough. The production of this video is awesome with no cheesy music and her communication skills are absolutely amazing. I loved this!

Intention & Gratitude!
Irishlove 1 year ago

After surviving a hit a run crash almost a year ago (the 30th) I am coming back to the mat. Whilst having practiced for 30++ years my injuries, which were extensive, healed faster than expected by the physicians, but the journey has been frightening on many levels... and now healing... thanks to starting the 30 day yoga challenge. This class was brilliant for me, your slow, deliberate intention is what is needed for me to effectively open my chakras and heal my inner child. Whilst I finished the practice, it was challenging for me and I began weeping. Thank you for your teaching here. This is my 2nd class with DYWM and my first in the 30 day challenge. I plan on becoming a Subscribing Member due to this class today. I have gratitude for my mat again. Namaste (from Ireland).