Back to the Mat

Fiji McAlpine
Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.9 (384 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


rachellecoleman0 4 years ago

Fiji great class! Welcome to you also back to the Mat! Thank you much. I'm a few days late getting started on this challenge and I look forward to continuing.

Yo Guy 4 years ago

Thank you Fiji. I've been away from the mat for a few months. This is a perfect class to re-connect with yoga spirit and practise. (Now I have some catching up to do to get current with the 30-day challenge. )

Namaste. I offer a poem:

Ode to a Yoga Mat

I am the yogi, you are the mat
however long I’ve been gone, however I arrive
you are there to meet and hold me

you accept beads of sweat
dropping warm from my brow
you are the arms that
refuse no embrace

you don’t expect perfection
you don’t judge my form or habits
you ask only that I show up

wherever I’ve been in this battered world
however armored I am, you take me in
such is the power of your heart

each and every day I practice
I vow to peel back the stories
that congest around my heart

you need only that I lean into my pain
ask nothing but my simple breath
and the beating heart of a spiritual pilgrim

ready to be rejoined
into your ocean of love and compassion
for all beings great and small

- andrew z
Ebbio, Tuscany
19 October 2013

lisaellen 4 years ago

Good luck with the 30 day challenge! I've never done it before, but am determined to do it!

Holistic Heroin... 4 years ago

Just getting started on Day 1 and Back to the Mat with Fiji is perfect after having been sidelined for almost 2 weeks with a knee issue and then a ruptured ovarian cyst! Thank you for this practice! Namaste

Viviennemay 4 years ago

Thank you Fiji. Even though I have a regular practice, this one felt great, slow and strong. I feel really physically stable after this one.

Sylviaperezdelae 4 years ago

Excellent class - thank you Fiji - I have been following for a while now and I also had a little baby so I enjoy your pregnancy workouts as well. Super star!!!

nikiemory 4 years ago

I have taken some time away from the mat with the excuse of the holidays. Now I feel it is time to re-engage with my practice! This is a perfect beginning for the new year! Thank you, Fiji!!!

terriblemonde 4 years ago

Thank you for this. I am coming back to the mat after injury and truly appreciate the slower speed and reminders on alignment. Everything feels a little off right now - like I have a different body than last time I practiced! But I am sure with practice I'll feel more at home with my body and practice.

Smellmannbrown 4 years ago

I always have a need to "come back to the mat" even if I have not been gone for long - or maybe not gone for any time at all. A need to reconnect to the basics and find renewed purpose. Thank you.