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Find Your Sweet Spot : Sugarcane Pose

Intermediate II
Play with balance, open your quads and find your sweet spot in this challenging but accessible practice towards sugarcane pose, also known as ardha chandra chapasana. Inspired by lalita, the divine mother of the universe who wields a sugarcane bow and five rose tipped arrows, this vinyasa flow sequence teaches us to backbend with compassion and self-love.
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Weaselbear
Weaselbear
May 19, 2022
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I have incredibly tight quads and usually find dancer pose impossible. Not with Andrea's help! Once again Andrea's brilliant mix of gentle support, technical know-how and great sense of humour got me into shapes I never dreamed of! I feel awesome.

OonaCrumwit
OonaCrumwit
April 17, 2022
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I really enjoy the sequences, your tips, and especially your voice…

ackruger
ackruger
April 2, 2022
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5
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Amazing as always! Thank you Andrea!

RikeYoga
RikeYoga
February 17, 2022
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5
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Great class, great Teacher!

Wuvyoo
Wuvyoo
October 11, 2021
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Fantastic class! I am new to Andrea but will not be a stranger henceforth! Great teacher!!!

railroader
railroader
May 2, 2021
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Haven't had a class like this in a while. My whole body felt different after this one. Thank you for your compassionate and kind teaching style, this was just what I needed.

Hanasana
Hanasana
March 8, 2021
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Your flows are so creative! Can't wait for more :)

Riikka
Riikka
March 8, 2021
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Great class with deep deep quad streches. The flow was just the right speed and even if the sequence for one side was quite long at times, I was happy to do the other side too and not loosing focus or thinking forward what was yet to come. Thank you!

spoulette
spoulette
February 13, 2021
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I was debating renewing my membership (it expires today) and this class is what convinced me to renew. I found myself looking forward to every pose as it came up. I've been doing yoga for years but am also a runner, so my legs are usually quite tight and inflexible. Andrea offers options for various levels of flexibility, and I felt growth in my flexibility within the practice, and look forward to repeating it to see how my flexibility increases. It's such a sweet practice (no pun intended, but it fits). Thank you!

Nicholet
Nicholet
January 28, 2021
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I really enjoyed this class. Calming and excellent stretches. Thank you. This is my first class with you, I will be back!

Leahjoojoo
Leahjoojoo
January 17, 2021
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Brilliant quad opening class and fabulous instruction as always. Andrea has the nack of giving us the cue to make the tiniest of modifications which really make a difference e.g. concentrating on lifting the pubic bone when doing a quad stretch to take it out of the lower back. Really made such a difference knowing these little changes as they can really improve the poses and feel it in just the right places. Another brilliantly accessible class from Andrea, even though the poses themselves are quite tricky. Thank you Andrea, more please!!!

adecker91
adecker91
December 20, 2020
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This class is absolutely perfect. I have done it several times and this was my first time after an extended break from yoga. Thank you, Andrea!

sydnirae
sydnirae
December 17, 2020
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Sugarcane has always been my favorite pose, but neither dancer nor the quad stretch in lizard have ever felt right. This practice made those two feel both challenging and comfortable in my body. And I loved how we started moving right away. Thank you!

Joesamurai
Joesamurai
November 7, 2020
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Andrea, you are a great teacher and this class was awesome for stretching the quads and for overall conditioning and relaxation too. Thank you.

Joesamurai
Joesamurai
November 7, 2020
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Andrea, you are a great teacher and this class was awesome for stretching the quads and for overall conditioning and relaxation too. Thank you.

SoniaM
SoniaM
October 23, 2020
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I never knew a class could be challenging yet so sweet at the same time. As others have noticed, this preparation really made all the difference, and I was able to do sugarcane for the first time ever. I leave this class smiling. Thanks so much Andrea, you are a truly gifted teacher.

Rebyou
Rebyou
September 27, 2020
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Andrea's teaching is so original and challenging in a good way. really enjoying the changes in my practice and life because of it.

KelleyParsons
KelleyParsons
September 22, 2020
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loved this class Thought it was going
to be to fast but it was perfect!

admaran
admaran
August 10, 2020
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Great class, great teacher. A new favorite

nittany13
nittany13
July 21, 2020
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I enjoyed this practice with Andrea. The poses were from a smooth transition and challenging. Perfect to end a full day.
Namaste~

LindsayC608
LindsayC608
June 27, 2020
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What a fun invigorating class to do in the morning! I really liked how we got into half moon in a new (to me) way, and this was the most successful/ accessible sugar cane pose has been for me. Thank you!

sng4ever
sng4ever
June 20, 2020
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Really nice practice and loved that Andrea can "make fun" of herself. Wonderful and different transitions from various poses.
Only issue was corpse where I was laying down and then, w/o really knowing, Andrea was saying Namaste. I just did it from corpse.
:)

salexh
salexh
June 19, 2020
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This class was amazing!!! Thank you so much Andrea!! Wonderful quad stretches, my whole body felt challenged and stretched out but in a really mindful and calm way. I love the direction and got into some poses I hadn't before. Andrea's classes are by far my favourite!!

rachelmccreesh
rachelmccreesh
June 17, 2020
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This was my first class with Andrea and I LOVED it! She is very gentle and soft with her words, but also pushes you to reach for more. I really enjoyed the build up of this class to the final pose and was surprised with myself how gracefully I was able to enter the final pose without every having done it before. Thank you Andrea for a beautiful class!

NATS 77
NATS 77
June 6, 2020
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A challenging class delivered by a skilful compassionate teacher with an excellent delivery style that is the perfect amount of stick and carrot ! Thank you so much, I loved it xx

LEIGH A TRIFARI
LEIGH A TRIFARI
June 4, 2020
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This was my first ever class with Andrea and I am so happy I found it. Being on furlough from my job has given me new opportunities to explore DYWM and widen my practice. I love learning new poses, and Andrea's "Twisted Monkey" will be one I'll keep in my repertoire! This is an outstanding class for hips, quads and low back--areas I always need to pay attention to, especially if I'm sitting at my desk more these days. This class is marked intermediate II but I found it a little easy (save for "Lizard" and"Twisted MonKey", of course). Andrea's set-up for the "Sugarcane" Pose was so spot-on helpful--by the time I got that part of the session, I was feeling so confident--and Andrea's astute observation that, towards the end of a class,we might feel a little tired, was kind and reassuring. I'm definitely going to look for more classes with Andrea on this website.

PeacefulRN
PeacefulRN
May 30, 2020
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This was my first class with Andrea and I'm glad to be introduced to her peaceful and straightforward style. My tight hips and quads needed this class; half-moon and sugarcane felt easier for me than usual. Great overall stretch with important reminders for self-compassion. Thank you!

Rebecca Maxwell
Rebecca Maxwell
May 30, 2020
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What a perfect example of how prep work works! The peak pose, when it came, was effortless and graceful even though I had never attempted it before. A powerful reminder that all is possible - with the right guidance.

Cattails
Cattails
May 28, 2020
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This was absolutely wonderful. Thank you, Andrea. : ) Namaste

lpyles
lpyles
May 24, 2020
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Enjoyed the gentle flow of this class through some deep stretches and balances. Will definitely add this to my list of favorites. This was the first class of Andrea's that I have tried and I appreciate her soft voice and gentle demeanor and look forward to discovering her other classes.

rmlong77
rmlong77
May 23, 2020
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This was a well sequenced class that was perfect for my right quads and hip flexors. However, after prepping the right side, she cues the peak pose on the left. Then preps the left and does the peak pose on the right. If you want to do the side the was prepped, do the opposite of what she cues when coming to sugarcane pose.

turnerck
turnerck
May 20, 2020
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I am chronically tight in my hip flexors and quads and find so few yoga classes really get into the quads - this was FANTASTIC! Thank you so much Andrea. Namaste

annetteJ
annetteJ
May 19, 2020
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Thank you so much. That was a really nice lesson!

MollyLoo
MollyLoo
May 18, 2020
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This class was so juicy!! I'm definitely adding it to my regular rotation. Thank you!

mudra
mudra
May 17, 2020
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So gentle,precise and with compassion indeed.Thanks Andrea

Sally White
Sally White
May 17, 2020
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This was such a well-sequenced class. It completely warmed my body and made sugarcane, a pose that I used to find difficult and uncomfortable, accessible and joyful. Thank you!

wongey
wongey
May 17, 2020
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This is an excellent class. Will be adding this to my regular rotation of classes. Thank you Andrea! :-)

Anna Hindley
Anna Hindley
May 17, 2020
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I loved this class. Somehow with this I can enjoy the very intense release in a way I have not experienced before, except in Andrea's other class leading to compass.I have 2 hip replacements and these 2 classes have given me my first pain free days in 10 years. Thank you so much!

Asia
Asia
May 16, 2020
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Wow I love this class, excelent!!!!

Yvie138
Yvie138
May 15, 2020
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I loved loved LOVED this class! Thank you so much for this inspiring practice.

CheekyBrazilian
CheekyBrazilian
May 15, 2020
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I was not expecting this class. It was brilliant. I am naturally bendy (verging on hypermobile) yet, even my impossible to stretch quads got a proper opening. More like this Andrea, thank you!

Fuder
Fuder
May 13, 2020
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Today is the closest I have ever gotten to sugarcane pose, what a good feel! Thank you for your excellent class :)

turnersusmc
turnersusmc
May 13, 2020
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Fantastic. The perfect combination of flow and stretch and balance. I feel like I achieved something with this wonderful practice.

nadonado
nadonado
May 13, 2020
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I'm new to Andrea's classes. I'm loving the pace, the flow and the count to five holds in the poses. The on the belly Dancer's pose is a refreshing change. Thank you for bringing your modifications to some classic poses.