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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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Elena Belluzzi
Elena Belluzzi
March 25, 2020
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Thank you so much! Such a beautiful way to not think about quarantine.. Thank you Melissa

Lbronstetter
Lbronstetter
March 21, 2020
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In this difficult time of Covid-19 this is an amazing way to destress. I loved this class. Thank you so much for offering us this opportunity to benefit from all the classes

debkiger
debkiger
December 27, 2019
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Deep and thoughtful movement. Neither too easy nor too challenging for this experienced (but aging!) yoga body. Wonderful meditative quality to complement the practice. Thank you!

Connie Uberti
Connie Uberti
December 5, 2019
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This is my go to for being off the mat for a couple of weeks. Melissa’s wonderful calming voice and coaching bring me to a quiet place so my body can recharge. I usually do intermediate but I fine this challenging enough for me. This is my favorite. Please keep this video online!!!

dukegal1213
dukegal1213
July 28, 2019
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I’m new to yoga (about a month into it), so I was a bit wary to try this class when Melissa said it was more of an intermediate class, but I’m so glad I tried it. I modified a few moves, but was able to do the class with no problems. It’s challenging for beginners, but it’s also fun and you can really feel the core strength building and getting stronger. Great class!

Pamela Gervais
Pamela Gervais
June 1, 2019
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Just had back surgery, not ready for intermediate yet so when she said it was intermediate I almost didn't do this routine. I read some of the other comments and decided I'd go for it, so glad I did! It's a great beginner workout and really good for balance practice again.

Sharyl M
Sharyl M
February 13, 2019
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This was a wonderful just right video for a "returning" beginner. I really enjoyed it.
I did hesitate to start it because you have it listed as a beginner class and Melissa introduces it as
an intermediate class. I was very glad I continued with it

jmitton
jmitton
January 25, 2019
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This practice provides just enough challenge when the energy is low. Soothing and helps to rejuvenate the body and mind.

Bricks
Bricks
October 29, 2018
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This is pretty much a longer version of your Morning Hatha Yoga class, which I enjoy very much. This is great.

kayyyyyy_p
kayyyyyy_p
October 10, 2018
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This was exactly what I was looking to add to my evening routine! The perfect amount of work and relaxation for a beginner yogi like myself.

Becky in TX
Becky in TX
October 3, 2018
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It's good to back off a bit. I am usually working at an intermediate level. But have been having continuing lower back issues. This was perfect. I really appreciate the reminders to stop if your "back gets cranky". I will keep much of this class in mind as I do yoga, at whatever level, in the future. Thank you Melissa.

Laurie Nathe
Laurie Nathe
September 25, 2018
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Thank you so much Melissa, your video has helped me so much! I have fractured my back 3 times and need to get my core strong. Each time I do this video my back feels so much better! It's very safe and you explain the poses so well and when to breath!

Margarethe
Margarethe
September 19, 2018
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I like Melissa's instruction. She provides excellent reminders about abdominals and core work. I think we've all heard at one point not to let our ribs pop, belly pouch out, and stop if the exercise is starting to involve other muscles. I've certainly heard it hundreds of times. When I hear Melissa say "mind the ribs" am I usually popping my ribs...darn straight! ;-)

I'm happy to do this class again and again. Great flow. I always welcome abds-core work and appreciate the "ribs", 'low back" ...reminders.

The class flows well. Thanks Melissa

yogiAndermoser
yogiAndermoser
September 9, 2018
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Thanks Melissa. Felt restless and angry going into this class. Feel relaxed and at ease coming out of it. Bookmarked this one to come back to!

dianeb
dianeb
September 4, 2018
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I am so grateful to have this program and to have Melissa's classes. This one was wonderful! I'm a more advanced, but older yogi, and sometimes a beginner's class is perfect for me. Did this after traveling for the weekend and felt all the creaks and cranks in my body relax away. Yay!

Fuman5
Fuman5
August 12, 2018
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Out of all the lessons, this one really transformed my entire body. Thank you very much Melissa!

gigilove
gigilove
May 26, 2018
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I felt so uplifted by this smooth flowing Hatha class. The transitions were perfect for my energy level today..which was very low. I told myself I wasn't going to eat dinner until I did a yoga class. A lot of dense emotions and physical sensations were released. Thank you Melissa for your grace and ease that you convey.

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
March 17, 2018
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Love this class and all your classes Melissa. The little tweaks you mention make such a difference in creating space. I especially noticed it with supported triangle, engaging my core and pulling in ribs brough my torso up higher and longer, fantastic!

larisak
larisak
February 25, 2018
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This class was exactly what I needed today - it helped me to be aware of my low back and hips while building core strength...and reminded me to be gentle with myself while working with injury and tightness. I've been having difficulty coming back to my own yoga practice lately and getting on my mat at all.... Melissa's instruction helped me to reconnect with my breath and my body again this afternoon for the first time in a while. Feeling like I'm coming home into my yoga practice again. Thank you thank you thank you!

tarynchessh
tarynchessh
November 22, 2017
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Melissa is one of my favorite instructors, and this practice was exactly what I have been wanting. I'm working my way through the beginner challenge because, well, because I'm a beginner, and I have to remind myself regularly to be patient with letting my practice build so that I am truly ready for more advanced flows. Today's yoga let me feel a bit of reward for that patience because I was challenged and am walking away feeling fantastic. Thank you!

SMarie
SMarie
October 20, 2017
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Really enjoyed Melissa's comforting and encouraging style. I was able to go deeper and create some much needed space in a few neglected areas. Will definitely return to this class and more led by Melissa.

debbodkin
debbodkin
August 8, 2017
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Love love love this class. Perfect first thing in the morning especially for anyone with low back and hip problems like me. Thank you Melissa!

Carrie Compton
Carrie Compton
June 30, 2017
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Melissa's guidance is so well articulated I can take my glasses off and just listen to her directions and rarely have to visually check what she is doing...an added bonus to my practice to not have glasses interfering. I would love a few more intermediate level hour long classes from Melissa and then my glasses free practices could expand!

Pierre-Luc Emond
Pierre-Luc Emond
June 18, 2017
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I have been practising mostly intermediary and advanced classes for a few years. I just discovered this class labelled "beginner" and I really enjoyed the slower pace and opportunity to remain deeper and longer in key postures. It was particularly hard these past days to find motivation for yoga - as I felt very anxious and had low energy! - but I'm very grateful for this class and it made me feel much more serene and comfortable in my own skin. I will certainly integrate this class in my yoga routine. Thank you, thank you!

chrisloves2read
chrisloves2read
June 16, 2017
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I'm new to yoga, and this was a fabulous beginner class. Melissa is an easy to understand and motivational teacher!

Mizkarlet
Mizkarlet
May 4, 2017
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Melissa is so gentle and love her energy and style always. This is a wonderful class, enough for beginner and intermediate.

conollyt
conollyt
April 7, 2017
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This is a great start back into yoga. I've been away from yoga for a few months as I've gotten into a more active exercise routine for weight loss and muscle building. I found that my feet began to hurt and that my back kinked up and in general I felt tight all over. I'm gaining balance by getting back into yoga to lengthen those muscles again and strengthen my core. This is a great practice for that -- active enough to get the heart beating a bit, but slow enough to be mindful. Thank you. I'll be doing this practice often.

dtripp
dtripp
February 12, 2017
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Loved it loved it loved it..the speed of this practice or lack there of was causing discomfort, for a few seconds...then dissapitated...thank you thank you thank you...

jillthepill
jillthepill
February 2, 2017
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I have been away from practicing yoga for awhile. David's stretching classes have been helping me work out all the kinks from injury and arthritis, so thankful for his classes. This class was my first flow in a long time, and it was perfect: challenging, pace and thoughtful instruction. I loved it, and I love yoga! Thank you :)

SutzaSun
SutzaSun
February 1, 2017
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Thank you! This was such a balancing sequence. I feel so much more grounded now. Just what I needed. :) Namaste. x

lea.muller@student.maastrichtuniversity.nl
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This is a very nice and perfeclty made beginner yoga tutorial! I myself usually do intermediate level tutorials, but thought to try this one today. I really see that it is good for beginner level and wished to have done it when I started with Yoga. The teacher is Melissa is very very good! She remains calm all the time, and I love how she puts the pressure of students and makes them feel that they just have to relax in order to be able to do it! Thank you! :)

noara
noara
November 23, 2016
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I love Melissa's classes, so when I woke up unable to move from sciatica/knee pain, I knew where to go. I can walk again, and think I'll do this class at least a few times a week. Thank you!!!!!!

becky1618
becky1618
September 15, 2016
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Almost didn't do this class because of the length but I'm glad I did! She's an amazing teacher and I love her style. I'll be doing more of her ones in the future. Loved the care on the lower back.

Janiemuffin
Janiemuffin
September 5, 2016
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Really enjoyed this class! Melissa is an excellent teacher!

birdnthesky
birdnthesky
August 29, 2016
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Love this class. The instruction was clear and easy to follow. Perfect pace for my morning ;)

tsobiesiak
tsobiesiak
August 22, 2016
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Melissa is my fave yoga teacher. Thanks so much for making these videos available - they do wonders for me (:

hlmunro
hlmunro
August 1, 2016
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Hello-- The video is listed as beginner, but Melissa says it's intermediate when she introduces the practice. I am a beginner myself, so I don't want to overdo it. Is this filed incorrectly as beginner? Thanks!

BumbleBec
BumbleBec
July 28, 2016
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This was my first video, and my first yoga class. Melissa is wonderful and I feel I could keep coming back to this one video, there is so much meat to work on. Fantastic, loved it.

AriMetz17
AriMetz17
May 23, 2016
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This was my first ever yoga session. I typically have lower back pain due to poor posture, which is usually very prevalent by the end of the work day (eight hours sitting at a desk).

I did have a little trouble keeping up, which is to be expected since I am a beginner, but my lower back pain is gone after participating in this session!

Thank you for a wonderful first experience ^__^