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Core Strength and Stretch

Intermediate I

Melissa's emphasis on core strength helps keep you safe, while challenging your body to stay strong. Melissa incorporates a beautiful yoga flow that stretches the body as your strength builds. An amazing class that is delivered with such ease and grace.

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Gitti
Gitti
May 7, 2022
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This was such a well rounded class, loved it. The slow pace allows to pay attention to alignment and finding the strength needed in every poses. I beautiful way to start the day. Thanks, Melissa - wonderful structured!

oakhazel
oakhazel
April 18, 2022
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A lovely lesson. Melissa has a talent for enabling one to flow through a lesson, you feel relaxed but your body is also challenged but in a calm way. Thank you.

PianoWire
PianoWire
March 13, 2022
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One of the best! Just the right combination of strength, balance, and flexibility for me. I couldn't get anywhere close to pigeon pose without adaptations, which I have forgotten. Otherwise, this was challenging without being overwhelming. More like this, please!

SHECHA
SHECHA
January 13, 2022
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Love, Love this practice, and all of Melissa’s practices!

RekaNagy
RekaNagy
April 8, 2021
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Dear Melissa,

I'm completely new to yoga and I'm so glad I found this site and your videos. Your style is very relaxing and I always feel much better after practice.
I started running recently with a trainer and I would need to focus on a few things. I have a hip and lower back pain, I would need to gain strength and get more flexible. Do you have any recommendations from your videos which would be specifically good for me? Thanks a lot! Reka

Fiji McAlpine
Fiji McAlpine
April 9, 2021
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Hi Reka,

I actually run and do yoga to compliment one another. I have created a yoga for runners series on the site with 3 classes that will help you as you ease into both running and yoga.

Fiji

Melissa Krieger
Melissa Krieger
April 9, 2021
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Hello! I second what Fiji says - that would be a great series of hers to check out. You could also try my Yoga for Inner Strength, Beginners Yoga for Leg Strength, Core Fusion Flow and my Basics and Beyond seven day series. Have fun!

deniseemiller
deniseemiller
March 14, 2021
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Thank you for this practice; I really benefit from the way that you approach core.

Any suggestions for accommodating arthritis in the hand (specifically the saddle joint) for poses like downward dog or all fours? I have experimented with spreading weight across the hand, spreading fingers, and occasionally working on fists instead of hands. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Melissa Krieger
Melissa Krieger
March 18, 2021
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Hello! Ouch, that sounds painful. You are doing all the right things. The other thing you could try is putting your hands up onto blocks and experiment with where your fingers are (off the edge or on the block) and see if that helps. I've also seen little bars that people use (google push-up bars to see what I mean) and that may be helpful. And anytime you need to you can come down to your forearms in all fours. I would also google Dolphin Pose to try as an alternative to downdog. Hopefully this helps!

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
January 24, 2021
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Thanks Melissa. I love the breathing tips on this practice. As always, I love the side stretches that the gate poses offer up. Take care.

Mara G
Mara G
December 15, 2020
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Lovely class. I really enjoy all your classes, your language and your voice. Melissa, please make more 50 to 60 minute Intermediate level classes!!! Thank you!

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
December 15, 2020
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I get messages from Melissa’s own website called Bloomyogavictoira.ca. And she has informed her members that more of her videos are going to be released on DYWM. So stay tuned. If you go to her site, you can request a membership, she has free videos as well as those you can download and purchase.

Melissa Krieger
Melissa Krieger
December 16, 2020
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Hi Mara! I am so glad you are enjoying this class! I do get a few requests for this type of class and will start to plan a few to film in the new year. I hesitate to film them because it's so hard to teach and talk and do a strong practice at the same time! However I see the comments and know that is wanted :)

And yes, MaryRose is correct that I am filming a few more classes this week but they are all pretty chill. I have filmed a few dvd's in the past that are not on this site but you can find them on mine. Otherwise all the other videos on my site are from DYWM. If you want to stay up to date with me you can sign-up for my newsletter and/or follow me on social media at bloomyogavictoria. Take care!

LindsayC608
LindsayC608
November 28, 2020
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I cued up this practice on a chilly Saturday morning. It was just the thing to warm up, stretch out and get ready for the day. I particularly enjoyed the gate(s), which I haven't done in a bit; I love how they open up that side body. Thank you so much Melissa!

lucidbee
lucidbee
November 16, 2020
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Love this class. It starts slow and when the flow starts I feel warmed up and ready. I have learned a lot. I started yoga in my 60's in March and this class was hard at first and now it is such a pleasure.

judegreb
judegreb
November 17, 2020
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So awesome for you, lucidbell. I am well into my 60's and I love this class too. Just have to be very mindful with my knees, always have a quilt ready to lay across the middle of my mat.

Francine P
Francine P
November 14, 2020
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Thank you so much, great flow. And I must add that it so pleasant to hear the criquets in the background, though it is November I was fooled and for a fraction of a second I thought it was summer.
Namaste!

Kiva and Sky
Kiva and Sky
November 13, 2020
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I enjoyed the instruction and arrangement of poses. Hopefully I can look forward to more Intermediate or Advance classes from this Melissa.

joygirl
joygirl
October 12, 2020
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Beautiful practice! Thank you once again Mellisa!

Simasmd
Simasmd
August 11, 2020
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Wonderful class. I wanted an active but not too vigorous class to wake me up today and this was perfect. My knees thank you for the attention when they might not have been happy; really appreciate the precautions/alternatives. I will add this class into my regular rotation. Thank you. Namaste.

hannahmh106
hannahmh106
August 9, 2020
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What a wonderful class! It felt really great for my body and mind. You are my absolute favorite instructor on this website, thank you so much!

Heliana
Heliana
July 12, 2020
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Wonderful class, giving us time to reach flow accordingly! Thank you Melissa!

justbumming
justbumming
July 10, 2020
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Started yoga by doing this class about 4 weeks ago, and now have done yoga on doyogawithme almost every day since! Melissa's flow and instructions are inspiring, am grateful to her and this site overall for the wonderful service it provides. Thank you thank you thank you!

Norwichgal
Norwichgal
May 17, 2020
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Wonderful class, thank you Melissa. I'm doing this as part of the continuing beginner series - and this was quite challenging for me, but exactly as billed - but I loved it. Melissa's tuition is so encouraging, inclusive but I also feel like I'm progressing well. And as for the beautiful scenery and sounds - perfect for these strange times. I love seeing your beautiful surroundings. We are locked down in the UK. Thank you!

pol_y_glot
pol_y_glot
May 16, 2020
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Thank you so very much for another great class - these are so helpful and freeing, especially while so many of us are indoors, away from loved ones, and sitting in front of screens. I truly appreciate the effort all of you put into it.

ElenaLon
ElenaLon
May 10, 2020
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This is the third Melissa class I've done now and she's fast becoming my favourite teacher in this excellent site.
No baby-talk, pseudo-science or philosophising, just well structured and well paced classes with a good mixture of poses that are succintly but thoroughly explained. Thank you Melissa !

Melissa Krieger
Melissa Krieger
May 8, 2020
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From Melissa: Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that I read all the comments but don't always reply. I am so glad you are all enjoying this video! It was fun to make. I appreciate hearing from all of you and am so glad I am provide some online support and physical movement during such a strange time in our history! Lots of love to you all :)

kheughan
kheughan
April 30, 2020
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Wonderful practice! Feel so good and ready to face the day.

Kmhouse10
Kmhouse10
April 27, 2020
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Lovely class, my second on DYWM , have already been recommending. Excellent variety, difficulty, and pace. thank you especially for the continued verbal support for doing what feels right as opposed to following every direction~ !

jayapathak24
jayapathak24
April 26, 2020
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Thanks Melissa , in this difficult time these amazing videos are really very helpful for Physical and Mental strength.

BeckiJane
BeckiJane
April 24, 2020
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Thanks so much Melissa. I loved this class and appreciate your calming presence. Namaste

kbouris
kbouris
April 17, 2020
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Thank you Melissa. Wonderful instruction - clear, calm, perfect pace. I appreciate the reminder to deep breath and connect with the deep core muscles - that made a huge difference in my practice! I especially like the outdoor practice video -after spending day after day in the hospital with PPE, this truly is a virtual breath of fresh air! Connecting with nature is vital during this stressful time...

jbencke
jbencke
April 7, 2020
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As I was doing this, I thought to myself, “Those crickets are chirping so fast. It almost sounds like an autumn evening. But it’s only April.” Then when the video was over the crickets stopped, and then I figured out the source of the cricket chirps. Crickets chirping=perfect background music.

Christine N
Christine N
April 2, 2020
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Thank you for sharing all your classes with us. Difficult moments for all of us but maybe we can walk out of this kinder, calmer and more mindful of the earth and what she needs, and our fellow inhabitants and what we should be doing to make life better for everyone. Yoga surely helps with the calmness and peace. A lovely class thank you Melissa.

Debbie Spink
Debbie Spink
March 26, 2020
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I absolutely love this class. Melissa is a brilliant yoga teacher.