Back to the Mat

Intermediate II

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.

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greemo
greemo
November 30, 2021
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An awesome re-entry. Thank you Fiji 🙏

ARduminy
ARduminy
November 15, 2021
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Wow! Great first class and lots of sweat but my bodymind feels energised, supported and wonderful after that practice. Thank you Fiji!

greemo
greemo
June 14, 2021
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Thank you Fiji for a thoughtful reentry class, this made my morning! Namaste

-- seems the last two comments didn't like the praying hands emoji :)

Neita
Neita
February 7, 2021
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Like other posters, I'm moving from the Beginner challenges into the Intermediate ones. This was a lovely class. I'm finding that I have the strength to hold the poses, but the sun salutation/vinyasas are a challenge for me. I need to work on those transitions. I really liked Fiji's option for plank/chataranga/up-dog; very helpful!

jpolmar
jpolmar
January 1, 2021
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I really like this one. The reminders and guidance on form are really helpful. I found use of the block as guide through an entire sequence very useful (and challenging).

jonathonlee
jonathonlee
September 22, 2020
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After the 30-day challenge, beginner level, I was hesitant and a little anxious to transition to the intermediate level. This Day 1 of the intermediate level challenge is a wonderful practice, easing my way into the next level. For future edits, it might be helpful to show a crosswise or sideways camera angle for the core exercise beginning at 32:30 , in order to show the recommended angle of lean from a sideways perspective.

Marizin
Marizin
April 7, 2020
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Many thanks Fiji for this awesome class! It made me feel so well in these uncertain times. The Do yoga with me team is doing such a wonderful and healing work, bringing peace and health to so many people around the world! This is much appreciated.
Warm regards, and stay safe,

ssubyogi
ssubyogi
August 2, 2019
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I found this practice very healing and instructive. I have been recovering from a back injury and the specific guides to protecting the lower back were very insightful. I appreciated the mindfulness of drawing awareness to my core. The movement with the block between the legs was awesome. I needed to zero in! I learned a lot about myself through this practice and where I can improve to keep my back safe and strengthen my core! Thank you!!

Dawn Bowles
Dawn Bowles
February 10, 2019
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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!

ag329
ag329
January 2, 2019
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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

pianoskate
pianoskate
December 2, 2018
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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.

mageronski
mageronski
December 1, 2018
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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.

BHiner
BHiner
July 15, 2018
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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!

Connienaka
Connienaka
June 22, 2018
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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.

Fiji McAlpine
Fiji McAlpine
June 25, 2018
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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!

nadonado
nadonado
June 7, 2018
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I've been away from yoga for health reasons. This is a nice way for me to ease back into it. Thank you Fiji.

alghaita
alghaita
January 15, 2018
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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!

Irishlove
Irishlove
January 7, 2018
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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).

margotkeyes
margotkeyes
April 15, 2018
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I realize this is three months later than I had hoped to send, but I know DYWM can help you physically and mentally. I had a severe emotional challenge with a teen daughter and this program helped me extensively. I am a member now for years and do yoga EVERY day. I am so thankful you have survived your crash, now you can THRIVE in life as well. Best wishes to you. Namaste (from the USA!)

EmeraldDunneArt
EmeraldDunneArt
January 3, 2018
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Nice effective class. I'm pushing myself to do this challenge and not the beginner one because my collarbone still aches nearly three years after surgery. I'm glad I did it - I added a child's poses as and when I needed to, but I was able to complete the class in more or less the same time as Fiji. :)

soshedid86
soshedid86
January 1, 2018
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I've been away from my mat for too long and really needed this! Thank you for such a clear, calming, and encouraging class ♡

loveofjoe11
loveofjoe11
January 1, 2018
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Thank you! Even though I haven't been away from the mat, this is a great class to take to remind my mind and body of good alignment with the poses. Using the block is SOOO helpful!

Paulette9
Paulette9
December 2, 2017
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Fiji, I loved the pace of this class!! I enjoyed how you used the block between the knees too. Great great class! You truly are a dedicated and great yoga instructor!!

jerihans
jerihans
November 28, 2017
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I do this class after every break. Each time it reminds me how much I enjoy yoga and encourages me to avoid breaks. :) Thank you for more great instruction.

YogiRiss
YogiRiss
November 13, 2017
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Needed this today and will be returning to this class. I tore my ACL in May, had surgery in July and am finally starting to come back into myself. A lot of this is still challenging but I am grateful it's here and am ready to meet the challenge is presents. Thanks as always to Fiji for being a kind and caring teacher as she leads us through this beautiful journey.

DeHawk
DeHawk
September 28, 2017
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Thank you! this was great for my next step up in yoga, it was just the right amount of intensity for me and my strength, I will do this class over and over until I can move to the next one :)

psjacunski
psjacunski
September 13, 2017
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This video kept stopping at around 8:10. Good internet connection and tried two different browsers. Annoying :-(

janne555
janne555
August 16, 2017
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Thank You so much! Excellent for stay at home moms. It was a little challenging after being away from yoga, but that is good! I feel so good that I did it! :)

Liliel
Liliel
August 12, 2017
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fantastic class! the commentary is excellent! thank you!

Alcemeg
Alcemeg
July 23, 2017
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Thank you so much for this! I'm fairly new to yoga, but chose to start with this intermediate class because so often beginner-level classes just don't interest or challenge me enough. Well, your very clear and inspiring commentary made me realise that I am not at all intermediate yet, but you also sowed the seeds of me realising that this is nothing to worry about and I will get there eventually! Now I'm going to start the beginner's 30-day course instead :) but look forward to more of your teaching when I'm ready for it. Big big Namaste.

Fiji McAlpine
Fiji McAlpine
September 8, 2017
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Knowing your body and making good decisions about your practice that involve patience and seeing the bigger picture are signs of an advance yogi. Your physical practice will get there with time but your mind is already a seasoned practitioner!

skunk1039
skunk1039
July 21, 2017
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Thank you for sharing this practice with us! I got out of the habit of practicing yoga - it is easy to fall into the hustle and bustle of daily life. I have recently began a new chapter in my life and have made it a priority of mine to bring yoga back into the forefront. I love the gentle (yet difficult) core work. It is a reminder of the strength I have lost over time.

derek17
derek17
July 9, 2017
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I have been dealing with chronic pain for almost five years. As a young adult this has been very frustrating for me and a tough aspect of my life that affects nearly every other part of my life. This was a good introduction and with the modifications I was able to appreciate everything that my body IS able to do. The ending was very peaceful and to be grateful for what my body CAN do and to allow myself time to heal and get stronger is what I needed to hear. I look forward to continuing the thirty day journey and cannot wait to see what my body can eventually do. One day at a time, one breath at a time. Thank you.

shannon2315
shannon2315
June 30, 2017
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Thank you so much! After dealing with post-partmum anxiety, and not taking care of myself, this was an amazing thing to find!! So grateful!

Erika Siemsen
Erika Siemsen
June 29, 2017
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I had a challenging year with the long illness and eventual death of my father. Work was also challenging during this time. This class was the PERFECT reentry for me. Thank you so much for all of the support and amazing classes offered. You have no idea how many lives you touch. <3

cbelchior
cbelchior
June 23, 2017
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I stopped my practice a year ago. I was finding the courage to get back to the mat and this nailed it. I spent 5 days doing the class and now I feel ready to progress. Tks Fiji!

melissabuschey
melissabuschey
June 22, 2017
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Fantastic Class! Lots of great instruction and simple strength building. Thank you!

LizTrimble
LizTrimble
June 18, 2017
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That was amazing! I just finished the 30-day challenge (beginner's version), and wanted to go again, this time doing the intermediate version. A few minutes in, I thought it was going to be too hard, but I kept going, using Fiji's modifications. Feels so good!! I will do this one again and again, maybe not needing to use the modifications as I get stronger. I'm a 65-year-old woman, and I've been doing yoga for about 2 years. Thank you for this wonderful service!

Marcy
Marcy
June 17, 2017
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I enjoyed this class. My only complaint is that there should have been just a bit more footage from the side. A couple of these movements are new for me, and I became a bit anxious not knowing if my body was doing the right thing while only able to see Fiji from the front.

VictoriaHouston
VictoriaHouston
June 10, 2017
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Been so long since I've gotten back to my mat! ~ thank you so much <3
Lots of Love from Toronto

Jesis797
Jesis797
June 8, 2017
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I am an old sånger that stoped dancing and starter running. For about a month or so bow I havet gotten back to this class every week to re-open, fond that space and flexibility. It is an amazing compliment to my workout.

Roxana.L
Roxana.L
May 27, 2017
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It was fine and gives me some good and powerful energy.
Thank you!

lhench11
lhench11
April 30, 2017
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That felt SO good! Strengthening and opening. I shook in a few different poses, but it felt so great! Namaste!

jenslennartsson
jenslennartsson
April 24, 2017
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Amazing! You are so human and it was almost like I was watching you live :)

visaiah
visaiah
April 24, 2017
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I appreciated the pregnancy yoga with you...less so now that I'm out of practice ;) With the baby settled in a good schedule I'm ready to get back at it. This was a great first class for me to see where I'm at without the frustration of a beginner's level.

Johannasjo
Johannasjo
March 27, 2017
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I come back to this class whenever there has been a gap in my practice. It's such a great way to "re-train" the body and remember the details of the basic asanas. Thank you!