Breathing Through Movement

Intermediate II

This class is a quite an experience. It begins with the Ujayi Breath, then flows through a rigorous sun salutation, warming the body and focusing the mind. It then takes you to the floor, where you move through a series of deep stretches. Best of all, it finishes with a 20-minute Total Body Relaxation!

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Doyogawithme3494
Doyogawithme3494
September 1, 2020
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Love this class. Exactly what I was looking for for tight hips and lower back. Not sure why there were comments on David’s instructions- I thought they were very clear. Also you should always bring props (blocks, straps) to a class especially if you are new. Great class, very relaxing. Thank you David.

EMEMEM
EMEMEM
April 29, 2020
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I just did this class as part of the beginner progressing to intermediate program. It has some lovely sequence. But if I may offer some constructive feedback, some of the poses were not accessible to me. It would be helpful if more gentle adaptations were proposed, particularly for those following in the context of the program. The stretches at around 35 mins felt to me particularly insecure and I had a hard time finding a comfortable adaptation. I thought I had been careful and respected my limits but I had pain in my knee joints for a couple of days after. I can definitely see someone with less awareness of their own body potentially injuring themselves. Others have made similar comments and it was mentioned this was an earlier video, but I would like to respectfully suggest that it be replaced .

JMacDee
JMacDee
April 3, 2020
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There are some wonderful twists and binds in this class and I found it quite vigorous at the beginning with the standing poses. About halfway through, two geese and then a peacock come to check out what David is doing. He remains unphased and keeps going with his cues, it's a priceless moment. The outdoor setting added to my enjoyment of this class especially since I had to practice inside. Thank you for another great session.

Nothing against the music itself, but at times I thought it competed with David's instruction in terms of volume.

seth_kretser
seth_kretser
September 13, 2019
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I love this class very much , by the end my body tingles with prana and delight! There are two technical issues that would improve my experience if they were fixed. The first is that at the 1:00:47 mark there is a noise signifying an audio glitch then the screen goes black and there is silence for a few seconds before the narration track returns. It remains this way until the 1:18:15 point in final savasana when everything is silent and the class never ends. The other issue is that the equipment listed is "none" but a strap is necessary, and helpful to have in the binds. Thank you for all that you do, David! Namaste.

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
September 19, 2019
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Thanks for the feedback... much appreciated!

The black screen is intentional, since you are in savasana so we assume that you are not looking at the screen. This is one of our oldest videos and we used to play the video a bit longer at the end, hence the fact that it doesn't finish like we usually do. Thank you for the feedback on the strap - I've added that now.

lpyles
lpyles
May 25, 2019
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Whenever I feel like I am pushing too much with running and advanced classes and I need to back off slow down and stretch out this is a great for soothing and healing. My sacroiliac feels much better after this class. Thanks

kstone
kstone
January 12, 2019
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This complete class is very therapeutic. Just what I needed today. Love the music, Davids calm voice and the meditative quality.

Vaelei Walkden-Brown
Vaelei Walkden-Brown
January 12, 2019
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I love this class so much. Hatha has been the practice I have grown with since I was 15 and this gets all the juicy bits. When I really need to cleanse, get grounded and open my channels this is the one. Thank you so much for keeping this as a staple in the class selection.

themmases
themmases
January 8, 2019
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I tried this class as part of the Beginner to Intermediate program, and bookmarked it immediately on completing it. This is a nice full body flow that follows my favorite type of progression in in-person classes: warming up with sun salutations that increase in difficulty and incorporate standing poses, then gradually moving down towards the mat.

After a few months of doing yoga 3 times a week at somewhere between the beginner and intermediate levels, I am using the program to get through the holidays when most of my classes don't meet. I was really pleased with the level of this class after taking a several week break where I did very little, and only beginner/gentle, yoga. I made it through the class using a strap whenever my hands couldn't meet (pretty often!) and will go back to it again whenever I need a moderate challenge.

My only comments are that I would have liked more instruction about the purpose of some of the twists: how they should feel, what should be stretched. That would have helped me modify them myself. And although I liked the relaxation at the end, I found it too uncomfortable to lie on the floor for that long, even with a rug underneath my mat. I made it as long as I could-- about 10 minutes-- but will see if I can go longer next time.

Biodagar
Biodagar
November 25, 2018
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I got halfway through this and bailed. I can't get even halfway to any of these twists and there is zero guidance on how to find alternative postures for those of us with barely any flexibility. I expected that there would be given it's programmed in a beginner to intermediate program, particularly given the others are like that; super disappointed. Suggest it isn't pitched at beginners looking to move upwards.

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
November 26, 2018
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Thanks for the feedback. This is one of our earlier videos and we didn't offer modifications at that time. We'll make note of this.
Take care,
David

MichelleRene
MichelleRene
March 26, 2018
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Great class, will help with strength-building and flexibility. So pleased to have found more of David's classes I thought had been removed.

mtngirl
mtngirl
December 31, 2017
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Great challenging practice, wonderful way to end the year. Thank you David and everyone at DYWM.
I wish you joy and peace .

Kat Colorado
Kat Colorado
October 26, 2017
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I love this practice. It starts of with movement which warms up the body, then there are these deep intense stretches and slowy the floor comes closer and it ends with a long relaxation. Wonderful!

Cloud42
Cloud42
June 5, 2017
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But I love it. I had a baby five months ago and had gained about 30 pounds. I am so out of shape. I have been doing baby and mom yoga when I don't get a break to do my own yoga. At first, I only made it like 8 minutes into this video. Now I can do 20 minutes. I was breaking a sweat. I love the challenge. I like the focus it has on strengthening my legs. That is where I really need some help. It will be so cool to finally complete this video one day. I'll try again tomorrow. -) I'll be so proud to say I did an intermediate video. Thanks David.

Kitty N
Kitty N
April 10, 2017
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I did this class 2 days ago and I must say, I am sore...like, all over :) But immediately after this class, I felt absolutely amazing! That long relaxation was just wonderful...I felt like a wet noodle :) Also, I can feel a lot more open and flexible already in my hips and shoulders. A note to all beginners, just use a strap for all the binds/twists and having a block nearby for that twisted triangle might not hurt either ;) Thanks David!!

thisheatherdavis
thisheatherdavis
January 7, 2016
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I agree with another earlier comment - I liked the introduction of a more intermediate class at this point in the beginner to intermediate transition. I struggled, though, with the lack of instruction about how to best benefit from the more complicated binds if my hands did not yet meet.

Also, This video gets an extra star because how awesome is the peacock in the background?

Lagunatick
Lagunatick
January 12, 2016
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Peacock - Like you, I've struggled with some of the binds when asked to clasp hands or wrists. Either my arms aren't long enough or my flexibility is not yet there (most likely both). I've been using a short woven belt to help me do these attachments while being able to take advantage of the shoulder stretching that appears to be the goal of the bind.

Lagunatick
Lagunatick
January 1, 2016
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This continues to be my go-to yoga class. It still challenges me and I can see improvements over the 12 months I've been practicing with this class. I really like David's instructions.

RustyRuss
RustyRuss
August 10, 2015
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How can I down load this video. I don't see any link

Paul
Paul
August 11, 2015
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Hi RustyRuss - Not every video on the site is available for download unfortunately. If no download buttons appear, it means there is no download option available for the video at this time. Sorry.

Lagunatick
Lagunatick
April 21, 2015
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I've been doing this video two or three times a week for the past 3 months. Every time I watch it, I learn something new. I've seen great improvement in my flexibility and stamina by following this class.

Kimihiro
Kimihiro
July 16, 2014
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I did this class as part of the beginner to intermediate yoga course. It's a great step up from the earlier parts of the course.

However, during this class, I managed to pull a muscle in my lower back whilst trying to keep up with David. It's not an issue with the class, but rather my fault for not paying attention to my body. So this is just a reminder to beginners like myself to be careful to keep in touch with your body and not overdo it!

Also, does anyone have any tips on caring for a pulled muscle in the lower back? It's quite painful.

caramelslut
caramelslut
July 28, 2015
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ice and heat alternating in twenty minute intervals is helpful right after it happens (in case this ever happens again). elevating your knees (like if you had a couch or something you could lie down on the floor and drape your legs over so they'd be above heart level). Also, if you happen to have any tiger balm (which is similar to icy hot, there's just no icy) or arnica-based topical pain remedies, i'd suggest applying that a couple times a day. just take it easy. definitely avoid exercise for a little while.

Virglee
Virglee
June 9, 2014
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This is the first intermediate level yoga class I've done, as part of the Beginner to Intermediate Yoga program. I appreciated the level of challenge in this video--while it moved beyond the difficulty of a beginner class, it was still manageable for me. I really appreciated the leg and hip openers at the end. Right now I'm struggling with a strain in my knee and after doing the stretches with the strap, I had no pain in my knee at all.

Grumpydog
Grumpydog
August 31, 2013
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This was trudle amazing! After an almost burn-Out last week, I decided to give this class a try, rather than engaging in my usual favourite power-yoga. Although some of the stretches are still somewhat out of reach for my flexibility (or lack thereof), it was a wonderful class. The timing is perfect, and the relaxation at the end let me fall completely (in fact, I missed the end of the class).
I only started yoga at the end of March, but your site got me hooked, and I've been practising twice to three Times every week since I first started out here.
Thanks, David, for your wonderful class(es), and for this beatiful website which enables me to explore the wonders of yoga inspite of a Self-inflicted work schedule (which is simply not compatible with visiting an offline class)..
:)

Lara Yule Singh
Lara Yule Singh
July 26, 2013
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I love your gentle, clear teaching style. This one was a great body opener. Noticed it particularly in the legs. Thank you.

kotey
kotey
April 15, 2012
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This was a great way to begin my Sunday. I almost fell asleep a few time but I think I will feel more rested throughout the day now. Wonderful site and amazing class direction!

persistentone
persistentone
January 21, 2012
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I'm glad I downloaded Breathing through Movement - I'd been tempted to get Playing the Edge as David Procyshyn's audio download offering. But I guessed that this class would be easier to improvise and modify - and I was right--I used a block. This truly is a whole body flow and the instructions were detailed and extremely alignment-focused (done with not first knowing the video cold, same as with the first one I'd tried) ... who knew vinyasa and restorative went so well together?

odeakm
odeakm
September 21, 2011
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I loved the unique sequencing of the seated postures and the progression to full Purvottanasana. Thanks for the class David
and your kind words in savasana :)

kiddo2000
kiddo2000
August 28, 2011
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excellent class and great relaxation at the end, i felt like i fell asleep but was still hearing what david was saying. i feel great now! thanks so much!!

t3orourke
t3orourke
March 12, 2013
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"i felt like i fell asleep but was still hearing what david was saying"

That's exactly how I felt, too! Afterward I wondered if I had actually fallen asleep but I didn't feel like I had dozed off and I "woke up" right when the video ended.

Elsanna
Elsanna
July 20, 2011
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I totally enjoyed the class this morning : the sequence, the music, the directions always paying attention to the breath, and also the peacock who came to take a look : reminds me of my tortoise who is also joining me when I do yoga !