Bow Pose: Core Strength

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Hatha Yoga
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Class Description: 

This is the 1st in a series of four classes that lead you to the bow pose (dhanurasana). In this class, Rachel brings you through an invigorating hatha yoga flow that challenges your core strength and teaches you the alignment principles that you will need to understand as you move toward any deep backbend. Her progression through core strength and deeper backbends take you to camel pose (ustrasana), just before you cool down and enter a well-deserved savasana.


I love it! I am always quite
Evinrude3 6 days ago

I love it! I am always quite afraid of doing camel pose, but this way of explaining it is great (what I appreciated most is the way Rachel explains how to get out of the pose). Thank you!

Excellent class!
robinamelia 1 week ago

Great, clear instruction and just what I needed!

What a workout!
Fawnglen 1 week ago

It's definitely challenging particularly in term of strength. But a great feeling after finishing! And the way of doing camel pose is simply great. With no fear to hurt my lower back i can enjoy the pose so much better! Thanks Rachel!

Can't wait for more in the series!
brendasana 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this beautiful class! I am probably somewhere in between a beginning and intermediate yoga student, needing to work on strength throughout my body, but mostly in my core since I have some lower back and sciatic issues. I try to focus on my core throughout every yoga class, but the constant guides throughout this class really keep my mind and body focused.

What a wonderful practice!!
Kalay 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful practice!! So cleansing and energizing . Do you have the other 3 classes up on the website?
Thank you so much Rachel!

Other classes in the series
David Procyshyn 2 weeks ago

Thanks! No, the other classes aren't up yet. Soon though!

Excellent Class
jmt905 2 weeks ago

I absolutely loved this class. Not a surprise with Rachel, as she's a wonderful instructor who cues poses just about perfectly every time. Great moderately challenging flow that still has strong emphasis on good form. Also, not at all related to the class itself, but Rachel's pants are super cute :)

Love it, Love her
allisonblair 2 weeks ago

I have not taken any classes with her prior to this one. I liked her cue words, as they helped me envision what to do. (Ive found that a lot of yoga is imagining what your muscles are doing.). I like the modification suggestions as they enable me to participate in a move even if I feel it is beyond my current ability.

I LOVE sun salutations/vinyasa yoga. (In my head I call it the "bootcamp" of yoga). I enjoy a vigorous warm up. It makes me feel awake and strengthened and ready to take on the poses that require a hold.

I think a lot of times we get frustrated at our abilities. One lesson of yoga I learned thus far: dont take yourself so seriously. Balancing poses are a challenge for me, and when I fall, I find myself laughing. Its okay, I know I will get there. I think her class offered a wonderful challenge all around. I was sweaty but stronger for having done it!

Great way to do camel pose!
tavasz 3 weeks ago

This was the first time I moved into camel pose without my lower back protesting. Thank you!

Great as always
bcun20 3 weeks ago

Thanks Rachel love your class. Was a great mix with modification levels added in for beginners or intermediate. All your alignment cues were very helpful to build to camel pose with out any compression on the lower back. Great start to my morning. Thanks.