Backbending From The Base: Intermediate Class

Intermediate III

This class is a shortened, intermediate version of Fiji's advanced class, Backbending From The Base. Fiji moves you gradually into deeper back bends, opening up the spine with care and attention to alignment.



Existing Comments

June 6, 2020

I love this class so much. With all that is going on in the world right now, it is exactly what I needed. Thank you Fiji.

May 16, 2020

Excellent, heart and throat opener practice.
Fiji is a wonderful guide and teacher.
Great to progress in your backbend practice.

Karolina Glab
December 27, 2019

Oh lord, such a beautiful session. Thank you! I almost cried so was I touched with music and poetry of the movement....I wish I wish so much to have courage and to let go what holds me back from doing what my heart whispers....

March 26, 2018

This class was amazing, my body feels so warm and wonderful and at peace. It was very intimidating but beautiful to watch Fiji doing her wheel pose, I actually know what to work toward now :)
I also liked that the class was pre-recorded, I find much easier to do a class that way. Thank you Fiji!

October 8, 2017

Thank you, Fiji, for helping me move forward, an inch by inch, surely and steadily to complete wheel: Purna Chakrasana.

July 11, 2017

This was an absolutely beautiful opening flow!!! Thank you Figi you are amazing!!!

Melanie Lichtinger
June 8, 2017

Intuitively picked this class with Fiji today...
And even though the intro - amazingly beautiful and powerful! - was a bit intimidating ("is she taking us there???" "I can't possibly do this." "shall I even take this class?") - I felt it could be the perfect practice of working with Moon / Saturn (fear / protection / limiting beliefs and old stories) - a signature of the Full Moon tomorrow that invites us, like Fiji to start the journey - from the HEART - and go one step at a time, well rooted in the core of our being, and be gentle (Moon) and go as far as is appropriate for our body (Saturn). But all the openings and strengthening, and Fiji's firm and clear guidance and modelling (Saturn) took me so much further than I 'thought' (Gemini - Sag). Goes to show: Don't believe everything you think (a Gemini - Sag mantra :-) )!
And yes, Sagittarius pulls the arrow back to the HEART before aiming high!
This class had it ALL.
Woohoo - Big Gratitude for synchronistic Yoga Gifts! <3

April 9, 2017

This is so amazing. Don't be intimidated by the first few minutes of Fiji's demo. She slowly gets you there while also taking you through a beautiful journey.

March 26, 2017

I was very nervous to start after watching the intro. Fiji's backbends in the intro were beautiful. The class was challenging but do-able. I was slightly sweating through the vinyasa right before the wheel. I think that warmth helped ease into the wheel. Beautiful class and excellent pace. Thank you Fiji.

Maria Benfield
October 29, 2016

I really enjoyed this class for it's physical challenges as well as it's retrospective conclusion.

May 21, 2016

Lately I've been feeling like something has been missing from my practice. I've been at an intermediate level for a while now but I feel like I have plateaued, lacking something to bridge me over into advanced. Back work was it. I feel so peaceful, open, and relaxed right now yet I worked my butt off. I love Fiji's style and her way of talking you through the practice. It's like she's in my head and we understand each other :) Thank you so much for this class!

March 10, 2016

Excellent! I loved this class, was exactly what I needed this morning. Beautiful music and very clear instructions Fiji, thanks a lot for this! Love and light for all of you! Namaste <3

February 26, 2016

Thank you Fiji! I really liked that the intro showed where the class was taking us; something to mentally and physically work up to through the practise. I always enjoy your classes Fiji and you provided beautiful messages to meditate upon in the final savansana. I am a little out of practise at the moment and needed to spend longer going through some of the transitions to keep in time with my breathing. This video is filmed in such a beautiful spot; I really enjoyed the beautiful backdrop to this practise. It took me away from where I was which was far less beautiful. I feel like I worked hard through the class. I finished with a deep feeling of restoration, expansion and relaxation. And I feel much more energised afterwards. This was a beautiful way to start my day. Thank you so much

February 14, 2016

I, too, was a little nervous when I saw Fiji's beautiful backbend in the intro and thought this class might be too advanced for me. But I decided to be brave and see where it took me. I was able to keep up with the postures for the most part (though sometimes fell a little behind) and felt very open and expansive at the end. Loved the music, outdoor setting and Fiji's inspirational message. Many thanks.

One question concerning Wheel Pose: I have sensitivity on the inside of one of my wrists so Wheel Pose is a challenge. I wonder if making fists for stability upon lifting would be a bad idea...?

Fiji McAlpine
February 15, 2016

I am glad you enjoy the class and come away with that wonderful expansive feeling which is the intention behind this class! For wrists I suggest using a yoga prop similar to gofit push up bars, this type of prop is great for any pose with wrist flexion and is easy to buy on amazon. Hope it helps!

February 16, 2016

Would gel pads not work? Yoga Jellies or something like that? I'm guessing you recommended the bars to help strengthen the wrists and jellies may only cushion...? Thanks again.

January 5, 2016

After a challenging day at work this class was the perfect stress reliever. I feel like I have genuinely let go of lots of tension and have pushed myself physically. Thank you for another great class Fiji.

October 1, 2015

I love this class as much as I love every other Fiji class. However, even though I have been flexible in my back ever since I can remember, sometimes I feel funny in the head (like my blood pressure suddenly goes down) while doing some standing back bends. What am I doing wrong?

Becky in TX
March 31, 2015

I was a little afraid when I saw the opening sequence. But this was exactly the right amount of challenge. And, this sets a goal to work my way up to Fiji's advanced version of the class. I have been needing to challenge myself more and the pace of the class was fast enough to achieve that. I look forward to doing this class again.

Dakota Drummer
March 23, 2015

Fast-paced yet meditative. Energized me. Great soundtrack. Cues evoke power and confidence.thanks for a great class of moderate duration.

Camberwell Moomin
February 9, 2015

This was my first 'doyogawithme' class and it was great - yes - fast paced at times but well instructed. You want to feel like you've had a good strong practice even after only 40 minutes and I do! So thank you :) Am looking forward to more....

January 20, 2015

That was amazing, but as someone who has just started practicing again, I had a hard time keeping up. I had to pause it at one point. Sometimes I feel like the plank to upward to downward dog goes far too fast. Maybe I don't breathe strongly enough to quicken the breath? Not sure. Will definitely try it again!

January 5, 2015

This class was a great mix of back bending flows which really helped me loosen up this morning, and the duration was perfect! As some others said, I found myself moving slightly slower during some flows than the video, but once you know the order its easy to just go to the pace of your own breath. The message of intent at the end was nice as well :) thanks!!

November 17, 2014

the class had movement and fluidity. i loved the way fiji talked through the purposes of the stretches in relation to the backbend (without being entirely literal). the practice, although focused on bending did allow a solid practice of other areas of the body.

in one of the sequences i did feel rather rushed, but i went my pace and caught up at the next downward dog pause.

the end relaxation had a very meaningful message as well.

can't wait to do this one again!

October 10, 2014

That was the most moving and beautiful class I have found on this website so far. Fiji's direction was calm and smooth even during very active and intense moments of the practice. The music was beautiful and fit so wonderfully with the pace of the class, and your motivational words at the end of the practice were incredibly moving. I thank you for your beautiful work.

July 10, 2014

Thank you Fiji! I loved this class and the length and quality were perfect for me as I did not have as much time this morning to practice more extensively! My BFF and I love your classes!!!xoxoxooooooo

May 23, 2014

this is my first time Fiji's class and i could'nt do the complete back bend. I am hoping few more practices i will be able to.

April 26, 2014

Thank you for this class. I had tried one of your longer classes only to realize that it was too much for me. But I really wanted to do one of your flow classes. Then I found this one and it was great. I was able to keep up and enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks Fiji.

November 21, 2013

Perfect way to start the day, specially if you'll be seated all day like me. Woke up my back and this practice allowed me to do the best bridge I've ever did.
It was challenging, but really good. Good for building strength, but a little too fast for me.

Yogini Luna
November 23, 2013

I haven't done much vinyasa yoga for a while, and this reminded my why I love it so much! It did feel a bit rushed, as others have said. I found that I didn't feel ready to move on from each pose by the time she had introduced the next.
Edit: after doing this practice several times, I finally lifted into wheel pose for the first time in six months! I haven't felt safe in the pose for a long time (and even in easier backbends, I have never felt strong - just vulnerable), and Fiji's focus on core alongside the backbending helped me realize what backbending is supposed to feel like. After that realization, I was able to build from a stronger foundation. I've temporarily sacrificed flexibility in this practice, but it feels so much better.

December 15, 2013

Another great Fiji class.was very quick,but reckon that will be a benefit second time around. Namaste

December 16, 2013

I am 52 and have not dared to go into wheel pose for almost 10 years but now i did it and it felt great. Thank you!

December 27, 2013

This class takes back bending from something scary and unnatural to something powerful and useful. This series changed my over all approach to lifting my heart on the mat and off. Thank you Fiji.
I can't wait to lift even further with the advanced class.

January 11, 2014

This class was excellent because the teaching was clear, well constructed and kept the theme going throughout.

January 14, 2014

Like others have stated, I found that I was not ready to move on to the next pose as quickly as she instructed, but I still felt great afterwards. I would like to try the other, slowed down and more advanced video that this one is based off of, once feel ready for it.

October 16, 2013

I have to say I love Fiji's classes this was so wonderful for how much back pain I had earlier in the day waking up! Thank you thank you! Namaste!

October 14, 2013

I cannot say enough good things about this practice. It leaves me feeling refreshed and glowing with energy. The series of energy truly dissolves tension that builds up throughout me day. On stressful days, I find myself smiling looking forward to the release, both physical and mental, that I know can be found through this lovely practice. Thank you!

September 16, 2013

This course was nice and pushed me a bit with strength. I built up to the backbend but didn't feel comfortable doing it. Next time!

Yogini Luna
September 16, 2013

I haven't done much vinyasa yoga for a while, and this reminded my why I love it so much! It did feel a bit rushed, as others have said. I found that I didn't feel ready to move on from each pose by the time she had introduced the next.

July 26, 2013

Great energizing class for early in the day. Challenging and invigorating. I also really like Fiji's voice and her ability to give instructions clearly and succinctly.

July 17, 2013

Didn't want to do a long class as I kept putting off a yoga session today until kind of late. This had just a tad of a challenge, which I was looking for, at a perfect pace, I thought. I liked the music (which is absent from a couple of other classes with Fiji I've done) and Fiji's voice over offering context and meaning of back bending in one's everyday life. Everyone likes different things--can't please everyone all of the time. This is my favorite class so far, kind of artful in the intro and throughout somehow--love the tone/mood.

May 26, 2013

I felt SO good by the final backbend (wheel) and more open and flexible in that position than I have been in a while. I only wished I could stay in the pose longer!

May 20, 2013

Fiji is impressive as she goes through the poses. But I find her flows (this and others) too fast with some extra chatting that gets me lost between poses. In general, I find classes where the host speaks along while doing the poses (as opposed to off voice added to the video) easier to follow.

April 30, 2013

I'm doing a juice cleanse and this class really helped me squeeze the toxins out of those tight places and connect with my core. Thank you, this was exactly the intensity and length I was looking for during this time.

April 8, 2013

This sequence is super!
I so appreciate how Fiji relates the physical practice of yoga to other areas of life. Building confidence and radiance (without sounding contrived!). Blissful.