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Empower Your Boundaries

Intermediate I

Rachel takes you through a more challenging sun salutation, focusing on alignment principles and breath. Her clarity, precision and good nature will help you through this class, and you may learn a few things too!

Equipment:
  • Strap
  • Block
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dwflips
dwflips
September 13, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
Comment:

This is a great class to revisit as a reminder of proper body positioning.
Thank you Rachel.

esperidiao
esperidiao
August 9, 2022
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This is a class I will be doing at least once a week. It helps a lot to do the yoga poses correctly. Thank you Rachel!

beckymiddleton
beckymiddleton
July 5, 2022
Comment:

Very interesting and a good challenge! One to come back to again soon I think!

Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
June 12, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
Comment:

Well that was amazing! Great instructions and so helpful. Thank you Rachel :-)

debeeg
debeeg
June 3, 2022
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The lightbulb went off so many times during the class. So this is how this should feel?! I love this journey of learning. Thank you!

olu5ka
olu5ka
April 5, 2022
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Oh how immensely I have enjoyed Your class, really clear simple explanation through asanas to help awakening appropriate muscles to do their work.

theatp
theatp
March 28, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
Comment:

sweaty and wonderful :)

yogiAndermoser
yogiAndermoser
March 27, 2022
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Wow! What a difference engaging the inner and outer thighs made to how I felt in the poses. Especially in eagle, I noticed the increased stability. What a wonderful feeling of strength throughout this class!

Ang
Ang
March 24, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
Comment:

Hard but so good!! I really felt the increased support with the newly activated muscles, particularly in the planks. Thanks, Rachel!

Gitti
Gitti
March 1, 2022
Comment:

Would be wonderful to have a Part II of Empower your Boundaries! Whenever I take this class, boom: there is something new I
discover in my body. Rachel, I do thank you for all the guidance and your remarks. Yoga can be fun!

Sooz03927
Sooz03927
February 7, 2022
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It was easier the second time around, once I got the hang of how to use the props!

Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
January 24, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
Comment:

That was pretty tough for me but thoroughly loved it, thank you Rachel.

Sooz03927
Sooz03927
January 13, 2022
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After all most 20 years of vinyasa practice, I did indeed learn from Rachel's excellent instruction. Just a point of interest: I could never could build up the strength to hold chair poses for any period of time, but after training with free weights for the past four years I can hold the pose with ease, which enables me to concentrate on my form.

Gitti
Gitti
December 6, 2021
Comment:

Yoga is a never ending learning process for me. This class has shown me what I am able to do if guided properly. Thanks, Rachel. I am glad I graded myself up to Intermediate I.

IntiRumis
IntiRumis
November 13, 2021
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Always a pleasure to "Do Yoga With"...Rachel. She is a master explainer, which is what is most needed from an Online teacher.

donna marie
donna marie
October 20, 2021
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This video blacks out when using Safari. Works perfectly on Firefox. Just what was needed for today. Thanks Rachel, and Namaste.

yogiAndermoser
yogiAndermoser
February 6, 2021
Comment:

Beautiful class. I love your cueing, Rachel. The guided focus on specific muscles really helps me feel and become totally absorbed in my practice. My mind is so busy thinking about the inner/outer thigh, that it doesn't have time to go through all the things I have to do today - a beautiful feeling, to be fully focused on what my body is experiencing!

We are one life - Earth’Space’Moon’Ocean’Cloud‘Sky’Watreease
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Thank you, Rachel. That was fun. Towards the end of the class though, about 35 m in, my low back started to hurt, and I was wondering if I was missing some subtle motion, engagement, or release. Any idea? (I do have chronic pain in L5S1 because of an injury and discectomy, so it complains sometimes but usually once I engage my core, align, or do upward facing dog, it calms down). Maybe it was the bending

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
November 25, 2020
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Tips, tips and more tips. I love it. I also find that having the block in between my knees for all the sun salutations seems to actually support my knees which is great for this used-to-be runner. Maybe it's just because I am focusing on other muscles with the help of the block.

tiel
tiel
August 31, 2020
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I am trying to help out my back and was told by my PT that I had to learn to engage my inner and outer thighs so they would take some of the strain off of my back whenever I bend/lean forward and try to then straighten up. The steps Rachel took us through made me be more aware of using these muscles and to consciously apply them to my regular daily movements, lol rapidly bending down to pick up our teacup yorker whenever a dog bigger than it approaches.

amanifest
amanifest
August 28, 2020
Comment:

AMAZING CLASS!!!!! such a great challenge for the whole body & mind.
Rachel does a great job explaining each pose and transition so clearly.
Looking forward for the rest of the challenge.

percevial@gmail.com
[email protected]
July 7, 2020
Comment:

The block squeezing helps a lot. Placing my feet together is not comfortable..big thighs. I just get my feet as close as possible and squeeze in. I think this creates the same feeling of ‘zipping’ things up as described.

Stojkov
Stojkov
July 5, 2020
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Loved this practise with the props, which i'm not usually a big fan of as I sometimes find them a bit 'faffy', but they really helped me feel everything in all the right places. Biggest surprise was that it made such a difference in my planks and lowering towards chaturanga, I always thought that my upper body was the issue but engaging the legs really helped

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
June 17, 2020
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I see that we do many practices 2 or 3 times in the ongoing inter. program. Doing this the second time was good. My fezz did pop out a few times when jumping to the front or back of my matt and I got a laugh out of that.

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
June 4, 2020
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Lots of great technical advice and tips in this practice. Jumping up to the tops of my feet from down ward dog with the block in between my knees was kind of interesting. but I get what this practice is trying to achieve. I love how the block gives me that leg strength.

allijean
allijean
May 12, 2020
Comment:

This was so amazing! I ended up needing to pause it to warm up my body a little before proceeding, but once I was a little more awakened I learned so much in this short hour and felt so supported in the poses. Thank you!!

We are one life - Earth’Space’Moon’Ocean’Cloud‘Sky’Watreease
Comment:

Namaste, thank you so much.
So grateful to learn a practice to face, redirect, elevate energies and empower boundaries

For others who have low back pain during flexion, it MIGHT be safe to substitute extension, like upward facing dog and triangle pose instead of down dog. But when in doubt, do what you‘re confident will not be unsafe

Take care & stay aware =)

tanvi
tanvi
April 6, 2020
Comment:

is there a modification for the block between the thighs? the way my anatomy is, my feet are like double hips width apart and I can't get them closer. not sure if it's the shape of my legs or the thickness of my thighs, but this feels more like strain than strength building.

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott
April 7, 2020
Comment:

Hi Tanvi!
Great question. I'd slide a something thin and durable between the thighs (for the feeling of firm resistance). It could be a thin, large, hardcover book or even a cutting board. The idea is to get the feeling of some hard resistance back so the body goes, AH, I feel that! You can also squeeze the legs together, but I like getting something firmer in there for the feedback. You can just do that in tadasana, and then once you've got the feeling of it, take it out. Let me know how that goes!

kelly-kicks
kelly-kicks
March 25, 2020
Comment:

Nice way to warm up then cool down now to get ready for work
Thank you

Fresh clear mind

We are one life - Earth’Space’Moon’Ocean’Cloud‘Sky’Watreease
Comment:

Searching “empower” on do yoga with me, I found “empower your boundaries”...

Thank you for watering strength in spirit

Drinking light
Sludge falls away
“Heart melts forward”
No longer chained back

Shiva’s fire cleansing
Death and fear fall away
Bhrama’s breath
Carries her ash
Krishna in Eagle
Circles and washes the pain
Circles and waters new growth
Circles and rises to light

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
December 27, 2019
Comment:

Interesting work with block and strap. It helps remind you to keep focused on the mid-line.

Thanks and looking forward to this my second challenge since becoming a member.

Alisonb107
Alisonb107
November 29, 2019
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This class was fascinating and it is definitely one that I will repeat. I need more work on the outsides of my hips for sure!

karacombs
karacombs
November 19, 2019
Comment:

Really nice class. Time FLEW by and I really enjoyed this first of the 21 day get strong challenge!

nspanke
nspanke
June 20, 2019
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Wow, the tweaks! I had no idea what I'd been missing out on. Thank you, Rachel!

sng4ever
sng4ever
June 12, 2019
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Nice class to understand more about the inner and outer aspects of the legs in poses.

Highly recommend especially as you progress in your practice.

canosjp
canosjp
May 22, 2019
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Wow! What a way to use all of those muscles!

Thank you, Rachel!

Ode2Books
Ode2Books
February 10, 2019
Comment:

What an amazing class! I learned so many technical things about using the smaller muscles in my inner and outer thighs. I love the use of props in this class. By far one of my favorite classes, and I will be doing this class at least once a week! Thank you!

margotkeyes
margotkeyes
January 1, 2019
Comment:

Rachel your hair looks amazing in this video too! (I am sure you always get compliments on your superior instruction, but had to say this too. )