Back to the Mat

Fiji McAlpine
Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.9 (388 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/Power Yoga


Neita 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 1 year ago

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 1 year ago

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 2 years 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!

ag329 2 years 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

pianoskate 2 years 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.

mageronski 2 years 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.

BHiner 2 years 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!