Backbending From The Base - Advanced Class

Fiji McAlpine
Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 5 (82 votes)
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It takes focus, patience and strength to move the body into the most gentle backbend. In Backbending From The Base, Fiji guides you through a beautiful sequence that takes you gradually into deeper backbends with awareness and attention to alignment. Filmed on the serene, rocky Pacific coastline, this class will leave you feeling deeply relaxed and energized.

Equipment: None
Style: Vinyasa Yoga


M.Doman 1 year ago

Thank you Figi...I loved the pace which pushed me just enough. Beautiful music too!

lpyles 1 year ago

Enjoying returning to this and some of your early practices. Perfect pacing! After a SI injury 7 months ago, I am more aware of the importance of foundation and strength. I am very flexible and realize hypermobility can be very painful. This is a practice I will keep coming back to as, I (and my physical therapist) believe, it focuses on strength and precision of movement that really develops the muscles to protect my vulnerable areas. As always, I am appreciative of your gift as a teacher! Namaste'

BalanceStudio 1 year ago

Thanks Fiji, personally I find your pace is just perfect and you teach the progression in a safe and engaging manner. For a vinyasa/power class there's plenty of time to take consistent full breaths while you move (as is intended with this style of class) but if people wanted more of a breathing practice they could always add this on as a separate practice at the end.
You're a beautifully gifted teacher - thank you.

acdiamond123 2 years ago

Advanced in movement beginner in breath. She doesn't allow for time for advanced breath work to be incorporated into the practice. I implore for a more wholistic definition of advanced.

BalanceStudio 1 year ago

As a vinyasa / power class I found plenty of time to breath properly without it effecting the consistent pace of movement. Thanks Fiji

acdiamond123 2 years ago

I love Fiji's focus on energy and her practices are great if she would SLOW DOWN. Yoga is about movement with breath and to expand and find space in breath and there is absolutely no time to do that in a majority of her videos. I constantly have to pause the video to do the poses at a comfortable pace. I understand she is trying to create heat, but you can do so with proper breath technique and her practices don't adequately allow for that. I still come back to her classes because despite this very annoying aspect her sequences and guidance is something i do enjoy.

mcala 1 year ago

Some people crave faster movement in a flow, others want more time to focus on breath. Personally, if I am doing a 50 minute vinyasa class I do not have a great excess of time and would get very annoyed if half of that were spent on breath work. Fiji is a great teacher and clearly her style works for the majority of people who do her classes. Just do some breath work before or after if that's what you feel you need on a particular day :)

vbelair02 3 years ago

I am in love with Fiji. Recovering from an eating disorder, she was exactly what I needed to become the best I can be.