Crazy Eights

Intermediate III

This vinyasa flow class with Josh focuses on hip strengthening and core strength. Prepare to move through a playful and strong power sequence that builds to astavakrasana (also known as eight angle pose), a challenging arm balance. Note: You will need two blocks for this practice.

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Paulette9
November 9, 2021
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I was a little leery about doing this class, because it seemed beyond my level. But, it was a great class! Josh broke down each pose carefully and precisely and so I was able to do most everything. It was a very thorough class and will definitely save it for the future. Thanks Josh!

KlesySmash
November 8, 2021
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Josh has quickly become one of favourite teachers on DYWM. He such a calm demeanour, is encouraging, and his instructions are incredibly clear (no craning your neck to see the screen!)

Katherine F
October 23, 2021
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5
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fantastic! gentle yet powerful. Thank you

cindy noordermeer
October 20, 2021
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5
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A well rounded full body practice. I really like Josh's teaching style, very calm with clear explanations. Looking forward to follow more of his classes.

cindy noordermeer
October 20, 2021
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A well rounded full body practise. I really like Josh's teaching style, very calm with clear explanations. Looking forward to follow more of his classes.

ConnieMcCabe
October 14, 2021
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5
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Such a great class. I love the clear cues, the long holds and the careful buildup to eight-point pose. And the "breathe what you feel" instruction helped me relax into some especially challenging hamstring stretches. Thank you!

Ok_kortney
May 20, 2021
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Such a nicely paced class! Josh gives rests at the exact right times. I really like his affirmations and his voice is super soothing.

duroc017
April 29, 2021
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I agree with all the previous comments. This is a wonderful practice and Josh is a fantastic teacher. Can't wait to do more of his classes.

Unavm
April 29, 2021
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What a fun well thought out class. I had so much fun trying to do the peak pose at the end and actually managed to do it until I fell on my face...haha! Had me laughing out loud, thank you Josh!

PeacefulRN
April 25, 2021
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The peak pose was beyond the limits of my tight hips but I enjoyed the deep opening for the hamstrings and the core work leading up to it. Josh's calm and encouraging delivery make the challenging poses feel accessible. Thank you!

SaraVi
April 23, 2021
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I know that yoga is not about the pose,however I was so surprised and happy of being able to go all the way through the eight steps!
thanks!
Sara

ShuNeu
April 20, 2021
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Fun class, I like how Josh built the sequences to lead us to the Piece de Resistance.
More from Josh would be great!

omurs
April 18, 2021
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first time I tried a class with Josh, so gentle, so kind, so motivating and so challenging.. what else could I ask for :)
Looking forward to trying out other classes with him.

Thanks a lot Josh!

/Ömür

LucyHB
April 12, 2021
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Awesome class, thank you so much Josh! I love the way this is accessible on many levels, and his voice is so calming that he almost gets the tricky poses in by stealth :-) I managed to do the peak pose on both sides for the first time, whoo! (previously been better on my right side than left for some reason...) . Still can't do flying pigeon though so will have to keep coming back to this class to practice it!

Nin
April 12, 2021
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Superb class, so creative and beautifully balanced, perfect pace. Bookmarked! My husband (beginner) and I (intermediate) both love Josh's teaching. Great addition to the team.

Hanasana
April 11, 2021
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Dear Josh - when you joined the DYWM team, I didn't think we'd be spending time together because I assumed you'd mostly do hatha yoga - goes to show I shouldn't assume. I'm happy I was wrong, and you're versatile! I so enjoyed this class and your teaching. ^_^ I look forward to being your student. Thank you very much!

Sue Tonin
April 11, 2021
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Excellent class, thank you once more, Josh. Your quiet, modest style and lovely use of language are very peaceful and encouraging.

Skyoga
April 10, 2021
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Great job, Josh! It has been awhile since I have done what you call eight angle pose; however, it was nice to know that I can still do it at 67 years of age :). Looking forward to doing more of your classes.

zoeg
April 9, 2021
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Thank you, Josh - I enjoy your gentle approach to strengthening sequences. I'm confident that I will one day be able to achieve the full expression of this peak pose! My hips and hamstrings felt amazing after this class. I hope to see more intermediate classes from you in the future!

-Zoe

sydnirae
April 9, 2021
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I love the pace and challenge here. Lots of opportunities for vinyasa, and clear instructions about each movement. And thank you for your encouraging tone throughout!

Question, though: I've noticed on this site that many teachers (including Josh) go to downward dog before plank in vinyasas. I've also noticed that when the back knee is down, teachers keep their toes tucked. I'm used to vinyasas going straight from forward fold to plank (or chattarunga) and untucking my toes with the back knee bent. Are these regional practices that I haven't seen in person, or are there technical reasons?

Fiji McAlpine
April 9, 2021
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Great question,

The way in which a teacher cues the transition between these fundamental vinyasa transistions has a lot to do with the style of yoga they studied. It can also be a result of things they have learned about their own anatomy along the way. For example, I have a very unique transition from upward dog to downward dog, this is a result of my lower back mobility and studying under a Jivamukti teacher who transitioned this way. I think the best answer for you and other students, is to choose the movement that works best for your body, and keeps your joints safe.

kathrynbirkholm
April 9, 2021
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Thank you josh. Have practiced with tracey,fiji, and others for years. First time with you. What a wonderful balance you have in your flow, your voice and presence. Thank you! Lovely.