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Fundamentals of Practice Day 1

Beginner II

In this class, Rachel guides you in setting up your foundation, teaching you how to place and activate your feet and hands to stabilize and support your yoga practice. This class can either be done as a stand-alone or as part of Rachel's 7-Day Fundamentals of Practice Yoga Challenge.

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mdelloch
mdelloch
February 4, 2022
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Thank you Rachel for the focus with poses we think we know, but could use tightening.

mollydalton
mollydalton
February 2, 2022
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thank you a million times...Im just coming back to yoga after a 6 month hiatus and this is PERFECT to remind the body of how to return to a strong foundation. You are a QUEEN...thanks so much, looking forward to the next classes :)

Michael
Michael
December 28, 2021
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5
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I love the continuous, precise instructions. Poses that I've done for years became fresh and challenging.

Vanessa.shannon@hec.ca
Vanessa.shannon@hec.ca
November 1, 2021
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This class really helped me to engage my hips and lower back properly in all of those forward fold type poses. I have anterior pelvic tilt and it was creeping into all of those poses, but your guidance with the feet and toe positions as well as where to put the weight during the pose really helped me tremendously! Feeling the change already.
Thanks

Gitti
Gitti
October 3, 2021
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This class has given me the answer to all my questions? Why I am not able to do this or that. Very simply, I never had the right foundation. I need to repeat this many, many times because I recognize now what I have been missing all the years. Thanks Rachel, I am on the right track here!

haysnk1
haysnk1
October 3, 2021
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To learn or reconnect with yoga, Rachel is the go-to teacher. Her directions are easy, and her analogies are spot-on. When I feel unsteady in a pose, I return to one of Rachel's class. She's helping this old, overweight lady who allowed the pandemic to overtake her soul return to centeredness.

Cb5
Cb5
July 3, 2021
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Post 2nd CoVid vaccination I was feeling a bit off. Perfect time to revisit basics. Thank you!

Janetmpeters@outlook.com
Janetmpeters@outlook.com
October 20, 2020
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Love your work Rachel (all the way from Australia!). Decided to try this challenge after joining DYWM during the Covid lockdown. Once of the best decisions I've made to join up to this marvelous resource

Janetmpeters@outlook.com
Janetmpeters@outlook.com
October 20, 2020
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Love your work Rachel (all the way from Australia!). Decided to try this challenge after joining DYWM during the Covid lockdown. Once of the best decisions I've made to join up to this marvelous resource

dickens
dickens
September 27, 2020
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Your guidance and knowledge is amazing and calming. Thank you for helping me on my yoga journey.

margotkeyes
margotkeyes
July 28, 2020
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Rachel!!! My husband and I loved this practice!! As Intermediate III practitioners I feel it is essential to take a pause and revisit the essential fundamentals and refocus our intentions to better poses, breathing, feeling of our muscles. We are both in the fitness industry and sometimes we get complacent in our knowledge. Revisiting fundamentals is a perfect cure for that! This challenge will be key to advancing our improvement! Thank you!! <3 <3 <3

Yuliya Herych
Yuliya Herych
July 23, 2020
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I’m glad I run into this class. Forgotten so many basics. Thank you for gathering all juices in one place)

Joanna24
Joanna24
June 14, 2020
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Amazing teaching style. I have been doing yoga for years and learned some new things today

mccannjl
mccannjl
May 22, 2020
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Great instruction but had a few too many forward folds for me!

bnbassam
bnbassam
May 10, 2020
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Thank you Rachel - I haven't done proper movement in a while and this was challengingly refreshing.

kimchi
kimchi
April 25, 2020
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Great alignment tips. My hamstrings are super tight so half hanuman has always been a challenge!

sakam
sakam
April 24, 2020
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thanks a lot for the great descriptions and easing us into just the right poses! i enjoyed it a lot

rowercp
rowercp
April 13, 2020
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I used to do a lot of yoga - but I am very competitive person and created some low back and neck problems by forcing myself into poses my hips cannot do (I have very inflexible and shallow hips, but have always had a very strong back.) I am working to get back into it, but trying very hard to figure out what the pose should be for me given the inflexibility of my hips and the position of my hips and knees (both roll in.)
I have had some starts and stops over the past month, and just did this practice. I loved it. I felt very calm and focused during the practice while being able to give some real thought to body position. Thanks Rachel for this - I look forward to the rest of this series!!

namastacey
namastacey
March 15, 2020
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Thanks Rachel! I am restarting yoga again with your challenge after many years (and several extra pounds). One problem I have is a bone bruise on my left knee (exterior) so I have to modify child pose if you can believe it, but so far I'm able to do most everything..

Looking forward to the next 6 days!

EmBe
EmBe
March 5, 2020
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Although I've been doing yoga for a while, I learned many little details in this class. Rachel has done an excellent job of showing and explaining the fundamentals. I feel this class (and series) will enhance my future practices. It is a class I will definitely come back to. I purchased and downloaded this class and hope to download the rest of this challenge series. I hope I don't have as many problems with the download process, but that's a subject for another post.

jdwatson1991
jdwatson1991
February 19, 2020
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This was amazing! I practiced daily before I got pregnant, but my pregnancy was so rough that I unfortunately couldn't do much during it. I had my son in December, and I want to get back to the flow of things. I was sort of worried that I wouldn't be able to get through this video, but I was able to complete it and I feel great! Thank you!

kellyglostott
kellyglostott
February 6, 2020
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I have a lifelong shoulder deformity and cannot raise my arms over my head far enough back to get my arms next to my ears. This means that when I try to do downward dog, I cannot get any spinal lengthening, and it puts awful strain on my arms. Guess what pose is in every beginner American yoga class? Downward dog. They spend a lot of time in it. I had to quit this video because there's so much focus on downward dog, and my body gave out. Do you have any classes for people with physical limitations?

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott
February 6, 2020
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Hi Kelly, that is an EXCELLENT question. You're right; downward facing dog is a challenging pose that gets introduced very casually in most group classes (including mine). Folks who have frozen shoulder or shoulder impingement also have the same trouble (getting their arms so far up). As a general note, I'd suggest alternating between plank (if you're feeling fiery) or an extended version of child's pose (hips over knees rather than ankles, arms angling down so they're not by ears but so you can still get some spinal traction....) as an option for downward facing dog. My "Empower your Boundaries" class may have some good leg stuff in it, but off the top of my head, I'm not sure which of my classes would be best. However, I'm filming more soon, and I'd LOVE to do a class that takes out downward dog entirely. It's an excellent idea.

cbolson
cbolson
March 10, 2020
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Hi! I just recovered from a broken thumb and was limited in the classes I could do. I searched the site using "wrist free" and found several classes that were wrist-friendly including one by called Happy Wrists by Melissa Krieger. It's a fun class with no downward dogs - I would recommend checking it out.

Helen O
Helen O
December 18, 2019
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I loved this class, thank you Rachel. I'll be coming back to it again and again. But I did have one query: please could you clarify what you mean by "soften your front ribs in" - I've tried various interpretations of this instruction and none of them feel quite right!

MoreSunshine
MoreSunshine
December 9, 2019
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Hi Rachel!

It's Amanda More, I set up a new account because I couldn't access my old one for some reason.

Anyway, this class is awesome! I've been living without wifi for about a month so I haven't been around. And so it was such a delight to discover this 7 Day Fundamentals Series by you to welcome me back into my practice. Your cues are so clear it's like I can create a sort of mirror in my mind's eye to correct my pose as you describe. I deeply appreciate your contribution to the yoga world, and I'm always telling my friends how you are my favorite instructor.

Looking forward to day 2! Have a blessed day!

Rbreid73
Rbreid73
December 7, 2019
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Brilliant Rachel. You have a knack of making the most elementary poses feel as though I'm practicing them for the first, not the 1000th time. i have long wanted a 'Rachel series' on DYWM and Christmas has most definitely come early. Roll on Day 2. Thank you. Rob

UmaK
UmaK
December 7, 2019
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Thank you Rachel! I’m down with a cold today and this class was perfect, revisiting alignments and positions and a good stretch throughout the class. I love the clarity in your instructions!

sng4ever
sng4ever
December 5, 2019
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Rachel is so thorough and give such great detail when discussing setting up for a pose/having you learn what to do during practice. This is a wonderful practice for a beginner, a ytt student, or a yogi who wants to come back and go over what they already know but may have lost touch with. Love it!

Anddia
Anddia
November 30, 2019
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As usual, the body awareness that you guide us into just stays for the rest of the day. What an enriching perspective it is to be so aware of my foundation and to be able to strengthen it throughout the day. Thank you Rachel for the wonderful class.

jmitton
jmitton
November 27, 2019
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Always amazing to engage in a practice with Rachel leading the way. Strategic, clear instruction that is helpful and educational.

OEI9594
OEI9594
November 26, 2019
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This was perfect. I struggle with correct hand placement and wrist pain. I've needed this class for a long time. This class also has very good stretches. I will be repeating this one. Thanks Rachel for this!!