Backbending From The Base - Advanced Class


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.



Existing Comments

November 20, 2020

Wow this was just what I hoped this class would be (and more!) -- loved that it started off with a power flow vinyasa to really get a good workout and warmup in before moving into some backbends and other poses. Thank you Fiji and DYWM!

April 8, 2020

It just doesn't get better than Fiji's yoga classes. This one is no exception. It has an extremely spiritual impact. It is a perfect balance of strength, breathe, balance, exertion, and intense stretching and opening, leaving one feeling awakened and revitalised after a beautiful meditation. All feels as if it is in harmony after this class. Namaste, once again, Fiji.

August 24, 2018

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

July 15, 2018

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'

January 3, 2018

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.

August 1, 2017

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.

August 1, 2017

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.

March 20, 2018

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 :)

June 1, 2020

Amen to mcala's comment. I'm used to doing dynamic workouts like crossfit / TRX / boxing, so slower yoga classes do not do it for me. I have zero trouble breathing normally through Fiji's routines (I never get "out of breath", even in the advanced videos) and love her videos primarily for the faster power flows that actually challenge me. Everyone is at different fitness levels and have different styles or preferences when working out --- if you're having to catch your breath, it sounds like your aerobic fitness levels are not up to this level yet, maybe stick to an intermediate practice.

September 23, 2016

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

May 3, 2016

Thank you Fiji for another beautiful and healing practice.

April 5, 2015

This class moves at a fast pace; unfortunately my body responds better to longer holds so this one wasn't for me. Also a lot of alternating between forward and backward bending movements which I tend to try to avoid.

Dakota Drummer
April 1, 2015

Thank you to Fiji and the team for another beautiful class. Great cues, lovely soft music, and great video. Love the practice.

September 27, 2014

This was amazing!!! Great speed and strengthening, all while focusing on calmness and fluidity.

June 24, 2014

Amazing class, very relaxing at the end! I love power Yoga with Fiji!

February 7, 2014

After this class my body feels totally renewed! I got to a point that I didn't think I could reach, with calm and quiet. The pace is moderate and the workout intense, it takes you in a meditative state. I will do this again soon!

March 11, 2014

I am an Intermediate yogi at best. I did this class today with trepidation but found it so fantastic. For the first time in my life I was able to do a complete wheel. Also my shoulder stand came about so free and easily.Terrific class. Do not be afraid. Fiji is one of my favorite instructors via video. She gives perfect cues and her voice is yet relaxing and inspiring.

September 25, 2013

Great back bending series. I highly recommend it after a good warm up. I felt while in Camel how I can find Kapotasana.

May 31, 2013

Love this class thank you! I need the slow gentleness for my back as i tend to go overboard and compress my backbends :) More advanced classes by Fiji please!

April 21, 2013

Out of all the yoga DVDs, videos and classses ive attended this is by far one of the best! love the focus and gentleness of thr backbends! Often i feel rushed or as if there is little focus on fluidity and breath i. advanced classes, but this class was so well-balanced! Thank you for this teaching and namaste! :)

November 4, 2012

I`ve been doing your classes for several times now and I'm completely delighted with them...
great series of asanas and nice cooling-down shavasana :-) love your words and voice

August 14, 2012

Loved It!!! Really helped with my back. Thanks!

February 2, 2012

Your classes are the best. Love love all your yoga moves. Am a student,thanks alot.

December 19, 2011

Love it love it love it! Thank you Fiji for the most beautiful spiritual workout. I can't put into words about how I feel. I feel rejuvenated and relaxed after your class. I am addicted to both Fiji's classes. Thank you so much.

John Lucishen
August 18, 2011

That class was amazing. Really tough, but beautifully filmed and really easy to follow.
Thanks Fiji!

August 5, 2011

This is my absolute favorite video on the site! I'm a beginner, but backbends are my favorite so I decided to give it a try, and loved it! I still can't complete certain poses, but I just do easier variations instead, and I know I'll get there :) Thank you for this video!