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Happy Feet

Intermediate II

This class helps you understand how to use your feet properly. Rachel begins with some self care, then guides you through a sweet flow that keeps you aware of your feet, improving your practice, your balance and your connection to the earth.

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lisazug
lisazug
April 4, 2022
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Nice class, my feet thank you... funniest moment is the guy at the end: "Take a picture of yoga! See?" Laughed out loud

mitch21131
mitch21131
January 5, 2022
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Very good cueing. Enough of a workout without being exhausted.

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
June 12, 2020
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Doing this practice a second time in the ongoing inter. program was a good idea. It can be very technical and it is good to see it twice or maybe even again.

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
June 8, 2020
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I learned so much about how to use my feet in this practice. The tip you gave us to press down into our front heal when we are in warrior 1 is very helpful, it is not a tip I have heard before. Does this help us keep our foot over our ankle in warrior poses?

Over the past 2 years of doing yoga, my feet are so strong now. I use to have to wear shoes around the house to support my feet, but now I just wear socks. Regular pedicures help too. ...

elsaaforges
elsaaforges
May 24, 2020
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As usual with Rachel, this is an outstanding practice. I have high arched feet, and I experience pain when I sit for a while on my heels with flex feet. Stretching my toes is painful, but the next day after this practice, my pain was gone. It came back the day after, though. This class is perfect for stretching the toes safely.

193
193
May 23, 2020
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Rachel's class is the best!

Fenway88
Fenway88
May 13, 2020
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Thank you Rachel! I learned a lot in this class. Also, you are so beautiful in this video, it looks like you're glowing! How do you manage not to get a sunburn? --Katie

sng4ever
sng4ever
April 25, 2020
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A lovely practice for the feet.
Challenging for the feet and legs. Invigorating!
I love Rachel!

gooneyb
gooneyb
April 22, 2020
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My feet are happy now. Thank you Rachel! You've become my favorite teacher here.

jessiemayp
jessiemayp
March 22, 2020
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An absolute favourite. Plank with the tops of the feet pressed into the floor is so intense but so good!

TikiMan098
TikiMan098
April 1, 2019
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Great class to focus on the feet! I didn't know I needed this, but now my feet are so happy and relaxed.

I search for your classes now Rachel - they're all so good!
-Adam

Archana
Archana
August 15, 2020
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In our daily rush, we tend to forget the beating our ankles and feet take to keep us going. A little tender care at the end of the day today with Rachel brought my feet back to life!!

Becky in TX
Becky in TX
January 25, 2019
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This class feels harsh at times but every moment was worth the effort. I had more success than usual with the standing balance poses. I've always loved these poses and have been very challenged in keeping balance in the past year. I believe this is just what I needed. Thank you

ÀfricaRM
ÀfricaRM
November 22, 2018
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Thank you very much for this class! Rachel makes you aware of your feet and, from there, you work balance, strength and flexibility. Her explanations are clear and complete, with very useful cues. It is not an easy class, but it is worth doing it even if you can't do some of the poses/movements. Namaste!

mromero
mromero
July 27, 2018
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Fabulous class!! I tend to be an anxious fidgety person— so balance poses and shavasena are very challenging for me. In this class, I was able to hold balance poses stronger and with more confidence (thanks to focusing on my feet) than ever before! Gracias!

nadonado
nadonado
July 2, 2018
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Thank you for the feet care. Great idea. I would have never thought of it, and I love it.

doubletwizzle
doubletwizzle
May 12, 2018
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My feet, legs, and hips have been tight lately due to lots of running. This is exactly what they needed to stretch out and feel happy again. Rachel's voice and instruction are calming and complete. Thank you so much!

katielee23
katielee23
January 18, 2018
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My feet led me to you this morning, Rachel - & Im sooooo glad they did!
I feel grounded and my feet are deliciously happy in ways I didn't know were possible. Lovely feet focused poses that pushed me just far enough. Many thanks. :-)

Paulette9
Paulette9
December 13, 2017
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Who would have thought-a class just for our feet! So deserving! Thank you Rachel! Great cues!!

nipper
nipper
November 18, 2017
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Positively restorative for runner's feet and legs and improving strength and balance. Excellent directions and options.

irissidikman
irissidikman
October 7, 2017
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What a wonderful class! Rachel's instructions are clear and helpful, it's fast-paced, and she offers lots of variations on each pose. As someone whose practice lies somewhere between "challenging beginner" and "intermediate", I sometimes struggle to find the right classes for me, but this is one I'll definitely come back to.

janne555
janne555
August 23, 2017
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8 days was difficult to start in the morning, so I did it in the afternoon. Such a nice class with many poses I had never done before. Thank You for this amazing experience!

branwine
branwine
February 20, 2017
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I am on day 10 (or 11) and i can feel myself getting stronger and not so resistant to practice! I am oh so grateful! Thank you for the great mix!

Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
February 19, 2017
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My feet are warm, revitalized, and grateful - so good to experience how important the feet are for balance, and what a difference it makes to give them lots of love and care and good challenge. Just 'even' the massaging right at the beginning would make a big difference for a Yoga class. And something to do throughout the day!
Thanks so much, Rachel - great focus on feet, and good focused class!
Loved, revisited, and shared on facebook, today under the happy, mobile SAG Moon, and the Sun now in PISCES which rules the FEET! :-)

Dakota Drummer
Dakota Drummer
February 16, 2017
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i was temped to skip this class in the 30-day challenge because I thought that I might not like it. Instead of allowing my judging mind to take control, I chose to do the class and remain focused and mindful. I'm glad that I did. It was more challenging than I expected and i really had to focus on my breath during some of the holds where my muscles were burning!

jerridot
jerridot
February 8, 2017
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What an awesome session; just what I needed for today! Thank you.

dtripp
dtripp
February 1, 2017
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Needed this one! Felt great to have the teachers teacher teaching.
So during the last balance posture, yes I did close my eyes and well "humph dumpty"!! Why is it balance is challenged with eyes closed?

lindaswany
lindaswany
January 15, 2017
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Made me smile during shavasana to hear someone in the background say, "We'll stay here. They're taking a picture of yoga. See? The lady's doing yoga." I love doing yoga outdoors in the summertime. My favorite class is on the Detroit Riverwalk, where all sorts of boats pass by, walkers, runners, bicyclists with boom boxes, birds calling, bees buzzing, butterflies flitting, coast guard helicopters flying overhead. It makes me feel more connected, to both nature and people. I'm glad you didn't edit it out. Realness.

lizrn5
lizrn5
January 14, 2017
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As a nurse, I tend to take my feet for granted. This workout was just what I needed after three shifts in a row. Thank you!

Michelle G
Michelle G
January 12, 2017
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I did this class as part of the 30 day challenge. Wonderful instruction. This class gave me a new understanding and has allowed me to have a stronger practice. Thank you! Please do more classes at the intermediate level.

SLFLeard
SLFLeard
January 10, 2017
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This may be my favorite post-run yoga! Thank you!!

Sylviaperezdelae
Sylviaperezdelae
January 10, 2017
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Thank you - is great to create awareness of our feet to keep grounded. Namaste!

sunshine5
sunshine5
January 10, 2017
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really interesting sequence, i enjoyed it. a bit slow for me in moving from one pose to another, so i would call this a beginner flow, not intermediate.

Christine Morgan
Christine Morgan
January 10, 2017
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This class used familiar poses but by bringing attention to the feet, I was able to approach them in new ways. The practice led into balance poses that I usually struggle with, but which I found easier than usual to do. I've bookmarked this one and plan to do it again!

Sarah NN3
Sarah NN3
January 8, 2017
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This was such a good contrast to yesterday's intense "Heavenly Hips" class. Loved the focus on balance and the new insights into some of the alignment details. Thank you!

Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
January 8, 2017
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My first class with you, Rachel - loving your clear, dynamic, motivating, and mobilizing :-) instruction style.
Nice feet focused and strengthening class - soo welcome. Bookmarked, and re-visited often.
And will check out other classes with you, Rachel.
Thank you for sharing and showing how it goes!

Karrie
Karrie
January 8, 2017
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Fantastic practice, Rachel! It helped me feel stronger in my foundation - more planted - no matter what posture or transition I was doing. It is wonderful how the postures are revealing themselves to me over time! Thank you!

Siobhan.S
Siobhan.S
January 8, 2017
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HI, I only found this challenge today - so I'm starting now. I really enjoyed Happy Feet, thank you Rachel.

Kayeecee
Kayeecee
January 8, 2017
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Love this focusing sequence. Agree with SMarie that this enhanced and made my warrior 2 much stronger. Makes complete sense to use the strongest part of the foot (the heel) for a strength pose. Many thanks, Rachel.

whovianhlt
whovianhlt
January 8, 2017
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I really enjoyed this practice. As someone who views herself as somewhere in-between beginner and intermediate, I wasn't sure what to expect but I was guided through the balance poses and achieved more than I thought I was capable of! Thank you Rachel

JudithAnne
JudithAnne
January 8, 2017
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Rachel, thank you for this class that focuses on our hard working feet. As a veteran of six foot surgeries, I am constantly looking for better foot care ideas. I was worried that I would be unable to do much of this class but instead I found that the postures help a great deal. Like SmileMore, I love the ball-of-the-foot suggestion and found that my usually-sore-right-knee is not sore at all. Thanks again!

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott
January 9, 2017
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Hi Judith -
Six foot surgeries - wow - you must have a very keen appreciation indeed for the functionality of the feet. I am so pleased that the class helped to support this work. Happy practicing :)

SMarie
SMarie
January 8, 2017
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i feel a renewed sense of awareness regarding the lower half of my body....from my hips all the way to my pinky toes. I love reconnecting with my inner thighs, knees, ankles, heels, balls of my feet and toes. This practice is perfect for finding healthy approaches to form and engagement. Feeling stronger and more stable! Thank you!

SmileMore
SmileMore
January 8, 2017
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And I learned a few things, too. In Warrior Two: by adjusting the weight from the BALL of the front foot to the HEEL of the foot, it takes the pressure off of my bent front knee, thereby taking away the pain I often feel. Rachel's knowledge of the mechanics of yoga is such a great complement to the more spiritual practices on this site. I'm coming into my second year of a daily practice with DYWM and I'm still finding gems and these Ah-Ha! moments along the way. It's completely invigorated my 20-yr practice. I'm so grateful to David P for sharing this wonderful site and for all of the incredible instructors. Many thanks!