Bow Pose: Ready for the Peak!

Intermediate II

This is the forth class in a 4-part series taking you into full bow pose (dhanurasana). It builds on what you learned in Bow Pose: Core Strength, Bow Pose: Hip Flexor Release, and Bow Pose: Open the Shoulders. After learning how to move safely into a deep backbend by strengthening the core and releasing the hip flexors and shoulders in the first three classes, Rachel takes you through a well-paced, full-length hatha yoga class that is thorough, attentive to detail and careful in its progression toward the peak pose. Good luck with bow pose!

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ruth lewis
March 19, 2021
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Another wonderful class. Beautiful flow btwn poses, nicely paced with super-clear guidance throughout. I feel about a foot taller! Thanks so much, Rachel, for another wonderful class.

monkeymath
February 6, 2021
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Wow, what a finale to a wonderful series! Even when some poses or movements feel unfamiliar at first - or I lose my balance trying to do "Wild Thing", which would have been a marvelous sight for any observer - Rachel's clear guidance ensures I'll be safe throughout.
I always know that I will feel amazing at the end of the class. I feel taken care of. Thank you, Rachel!

gooneyb
July 9, 2020
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I've enjoyed every class by Rachel so far. This one is another fantastic class. I was challenged a bit and feel wonderful after. Thank you!

Violette Gia
May 8, 2020
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This is such a good class.
You are such a good teacher Rachel, thank you so much for this!
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lynchmap
March 23, 2020
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that was a fantastic class! Not too easy, not too hard! I feel fantastic after this practice. I needed this so bad. You have a fantastic way of explaining the poses.

MichelleRene
October 30, 2019
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Excellent series of classes for anyone capable of intermediate - level yoga.

Thank you David, for making such a comprehensive series of classes with a wider range of asanas available to non-subscribers.

With gratitude and blessings to all at Do yoga With Me.

Wilddatura
July 19, 2019
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Really great full body practice. I feel fantastic. Thank you!

Christina73
June 18, 2018
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Thank you Rachel for this practice. I am recovering from a burn out and have been teaching vinyasa for a few years and stoppen for different reasons. Now practicing more frequently and feeling the love for yoga and how beneficial in this stage of my life. Thank you!

ingridh
March 1, 2018
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A really gentle practise that flows beautifully to the final postures -perfect for a snowy day in London!
Thank you

LizzieLiz
February 24, 2018
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Really clear to follow and wonderful pace. Thank you!

Kat Colorado
January 18, 2018
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I really enjoyed this series of four. The first one was the hardest for me and then I got into it. The last one felt amazing all through, I don't know if I am actually stronger or if it just was a good day but I managed to do it all with concentration and motivation and I did bow pose in such a great way. Thank you so much.

Nadja Croft
December 19, 2017
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Thank you so much for the great class and instruction!

Gemcrazy
November 27, 2017
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Just finished the fourth class, Peak Pose. Bow pose is one of my favorites. To receive such exacting details in all the classes leading up to it, and in the end for bow pose itself, was a treat. I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of wild thing, another of my favorites. I was in yoga heaven! Still smiling. Consistent with all of Rachel's classes, instructions were clear, detailed, and I learned nuances for many poses that will make my practice better. Thank you, Rachel!

ElisseAV
November 11, 2017
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These last four classes were better than I expected. Great first week(and a half!) of this program. Thank you.

LaurieL
November 10, 2017
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I loved this 4 part series! Great job, Rachel!

SMarie
November 4, 2017
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I love Rachel's clear and perfectly timed cues. I broke a sweat and feel completely relaxed after this class. She provides a new sense of confidence and strength with suggestions of focus and engagement. I feel like I am safely trying new things. These are pointers that will stay with me forever. So thankful for this!

bethoppliger
October 29, 2017
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I have been enjoying this 4-part series very much so far. It has been very helpful for me in doing just what it intended to do!
One recommendation and one question...
Recommendation - it helps me a lot when the camera goes to the side and shows a side view of some of the poses, particularly when you're in lunges. There were a couple of times I was confused as to what you were doing with your legs and core.
Question - I like how you're releasing the various parts of this 4-part series one at a time...Do you have a general recommendation for how long a person spend with each of the videos before moving on the the peak pose (which I am aware you have not yet released)? I suppose this is probably very dependent upon each person's unique flexibility and strength, but I was just curious how you would answer this.
Thanks so much for your instruction Rachel. David - I am always grateful for this amazing website and resource!

David Procyshyn
October 29, 2017
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Hi there. Great to hear that you've enjoyed this.
Yes, we are very careful with our editing to include shots showing the positioning of each pose. If you remember when you felt confused because of the camera angle, send me the point(s) in the timeline and we can see if we can fix that.
With the Peak Pose Challenges we are leaving the timing of the classes up to the student. You can move through the classes as quickly or as slowly as you like. This is because everyone is so different and some people can do two classes in a row with no issues and others need a day in between to rest.
This class is the final class, leading you to bow pose.
Thank you! Great questions. And take care.