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Elevate Day 9

Intermediate III

This class can be done as a stand-alone class or as day 9 in Fiji's 14-day yoga challenge, Elevate. In this class, Fiji guides you through a series of arm balances including flying pigeon, firefly, and crane, helping you learn how to move into each pose with lightness and ease through step-by-step progressions.



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October 24, 2021

I can't seem to see the video for this class (only audio).

February 5, 2021

Fantastic! Brilliant class to challenge yourself with arm balances with excellent step by step instruction and guidance on how to get into the pose. I felt I really made a step further forward today with my practice, so thank you as always Fiji x

January 15, 2021

2020 was a big sucker for me. Lost my job, my sense of normalcy, moved, started a new relationship, went back into therapy, it was a year, you get it! The transition into 2021 has me feeling like I can get back on top of my life! This challenge is something I really look forward to each day, and it's helping me in this slow transition into new leadership here in the US. THANK YOU ALL!

September 29, 2020

I like how you slowly describe, piece by piece, the preparation for and position of each arm balance. Often one just gets a quick description and then one just learns by doing/watching, possibly creating a bad habit. This is the first time I have been able to hold something that actually resembles Firefly - and I feel like I will be able to recreate it later. :-)

September 23, 2020

This class is not intermediate 3

Please be consistent with levels. Was looking for a workout, this is not it. At least be clear in the description

hayley Ryerson
May 12, 2020

Hi Fiji and fellow yogis!
I had the good fortune of doing this class first thing in the morning after a night of an online Alexander Technique class. I have a habit of clamping my jaw in arm balances or poses that challenge my strength in my flow classes. Today, I was able to keep my jaw and neck free throughout movement, allowing an easier relationship to exist between my head and my spine. This easy head-neck relationship translates directly to my back being long and wide, and my limbs...limber and available! I realised balance is not a static activity- it is an ongoing response to gravity's impulse conversing with our internal support. It is cool when we get out of the way! Thanks to Fiji for promoting these ideas with releasing the head before we take off, and inviting a moment to sense how we respond to gravity. I had so much fun with my Alexander-promoted ease meeting this incredibly supportive and propulsive class in the midst of the 14 day challenge. I wanted to say thank you for your very insightful and helpful instruction towards some play in arm balances, in the midst of our challenge! I felt so well prepared and limber from the previous days of yoga that I was poised for today's exploration.
Thanks to all the makers and shakers on this site!

May 2, 2020

Ah, my elbows didn't care for the Rock and Roll forward to Crane/Firefly but I didn't do too bad with the first method. Maybe my arms move into the wrong position when I roll onto them? Don't know, but happy I can do Crane/Firefly somehow for sure. I am impressed with myself that I can actually balance my leg on my arms for Flying Pigeon. Maybe someday the leg with go back. For now, I am very happy that I can do what I can. I am amazed I made it that far! ; ) Thanks for making this fun. I love to try new stuff. It is good for someone to remind me it's for fun and not to take too seriously. I love when you said, "If you fall, you're only about a foot off the mat. ". Hee hee...very true. Thank you, Fiji. : ) Namaste

March 28, 2020

thanks again! plenty for me to work on! :)

Kat Colorado
March 26, 2020

I managed to take off twice, for seconds only but I was actually off the earth. Rock'n'roll didn't work for me and my arms weren't strong enough yet or the last balance, but wow, this was amazing.

Tess Degen
December 17, 2019

Doing a Yoga challenge like this took my utmost patience and many weeks of starting either from the top or gently moving forward. my deepest gratitude to you, Fiji, for such specific cuing and sequence. I remain committed to doing the challenge a few times over to master the sequence with all its options.

September 29, 2019

Today was more about intention than execution. I am excited to come back to this practice and move, millimeter by millimeter, into the full expression of the poses.

September 13, 2019

Whoa...this is a challenging class. I'm not following the 14 day program so maybe that's why I'm bumbling around. I've got to do this one over and over to get better. Thank you.

August 28, 2019

Challenging however powerful! You will use your upper body and you will also get a great release of the upper body.

I also learned a lot from this practice. Thanks again to Fiji!!!!

August 27, 2019

Loved the great instructions and the way the class really prepared your body and mind for the arm balance poses. Definitely saving to my favs! Thanks Fiji

August 15, 2019

This class was great. I admit that I took a good three day gap between day 8 and day 9 because I was expecting this class to be more challenging than it was and my energy levels didn't feel up to it, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn today that this class is actually pretty slow and gentle. Good practice for arm balances, and I felt very strong in all three given the extra instruction and care moving into the poses. Thanks, Fiji!

July 31, 2019

This class was so helpful in learning the different sensations between the various arm balances. I feel fine with crow and firefly but it is the first time that I got a taste of the teeter towards crane, and the pivot forwards in crow to eventually push my legs back. Thank you for a slower timing and more precise instructions!