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Playing with Energy

Intermediate I
In this gentle intermediate, movement-oriented hatha yoga class, Ron explores what it means to play with energy, accept pleasure as a part of your practice (rather than pain), and deepen your experience of release using the breath. His creative style makes the class feel like a continual movement, while stretching the spine and releasing the hips, legs and shoulders. Note: Ron doesn't address this, but you may need something to sit on at the beginning of the class.
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SMZalokar
SMZalokar
March 31, 2022
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5
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Such a great class! Best direction ever: "pushing to your limit? can't wait til the end of class? then back off. soften" Thank you!

ssnider214
ssnider214
March 31, 2022
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A very balanced class with the poses flowing into the next. I really enjoyed the music. I wish more classes had this type of gentle background music.

ewartluf
ewartluf
March 13, 2022
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5
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I was so relaxed after this practice that I almost fell asleep right away!

JMacDee
JMacDee
January 30, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
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Except for the music, would have preferred silence.

JMacDee
JMacDee
January 30, 2022
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A wonderful class which left me feeling refreshed and stretched. Recommended! Thank you Ron. It would be great to be able to turn the music off. It feels out of sync with Ron's instruction and even conflicts with it at times.

dk35morris
dk35morris
May 13, 2021
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Thanks so much! Appreciate all you bring into the class - love of movement.. a bit like being in the dance you are used to watching on stage. : )

MonicaB
MonicaB
December 14, 2020
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This was wonderfully energetic but relaxing at the same time.

dixiemarie
dixiemarie
October 29, 2020
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Loved the class. Combination of Ron's voice, pacing, music, all lent a certain sense of exceptional fluidity that brought an ease to even challenging postures.

KJAL
KJAL
October 18, 2020
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I loved this class. Loved the pace and the time given to each position. Thank you Ron.

Mork
Mork
September 23, 2020
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Beautiful class. Thank you ❤

MereYoga4Life
MereYoga4Life
July 2, 2020
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Agreed with all the comments - I wanted to immediately do this class again. Love Ron's playfulness and energy.

foodfuel
foodfuel
June 25, 2020
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The time flew by with this class! What a great flow, gets you sweating and opened up! Also tempted to watch over again. :)

Fawnglen
Fawnglen
June 2, 2020
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what a super therapeutic class! What's amasing is that it also allows you to find joy in transition of poses. Love it!

mirstein
mirstein
May 6, 2020
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Ron thanks so much for this lovely and joyful class! The idea of looking for pleasure in the poses really hit home when you said "if holding this pose makes you wish it was the end of the class, just back off a bit". I will try to remember this lesson as I continue to practice.

JMacDee
JMacDee
April 15, 2020
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The time went by so quickly, I feel so much better now. I am tempted to start again. Thanks Ron!

Joannar
Joannar
April 10, 2020
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lovely practice, great music. Thanks Ron!!

JMacDee
JMacDee
April 5, 2020
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I am new to DYWM and have only taken a few of Ron's classes. He is able to anticipate and address the things we might be thinking along the way and that helped me to connect with him during this class. He gives detailed instructions and reminds us to enjoy the journey, I need that! Thank you Ron I look forward to practicing with you again soon. I especially enjoyed side plank.

wanita
wanita
November 19, 2019
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This was exactly what my body needed today. I enjoyed the reminder about taking pleasure over pain, and that it's ok to take a rest when necessary and not push your body to its limits if your body doesn't have what's required in any given day to do so. Thank you :)

dixiemarie
dixiemarie
June 7, 2019
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Beautiful weaving of postures, breath and awareness of body. Love the flow and balance of gentleness and strength. Original unique sequence.

Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
November 21, 2018
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Such a powerful fluid sequence with Ron.
Back in great body-mind-spirit space.
More classes with Ron again please!
Loving his dance like body-breath aware style.

Elsa Avila
Elsa Avila
October 31, 2018
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An extremely beautiful meditation class. Thanks Ron and DYWM it was what I needed. Good working body connecting with mind and breathe

Nicholet
Nicholet
August 9, 2018
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I always enjoy Ron's teaching tremendously, but this class is particularly lovely. His breath reminders and the conversation about finding the right place in pose for your current moment are very nice. Thank you. I have been in a stressful week and this was perfect.

vanessa40
vanessa40
August 8, 2018
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Thank you so much...this was just what i needed today

NatalieNZ
NatalieNZ
June 4, 2018
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Oh, thank you Ron!
Like so many others I truly feel like I was energized and such a feeling of delight and not exhaustion or worse, relief that it was over (I found that humorous that you alluded to such thoughts during the practice and reminded us that if we were having such thoughts „to back off“, and ease up).
I was concentrated and focused on everything you said, at times I could even feel like I wanted more, like a sponge I had more room, more release (that great ability you have, thru your voice, to give that one, little, gentle —push).
It‘s Day 6 and I thought I wanted more Fiji, but oh how lovely to have another teacher to look forward to these next weeks.
Bless you for your gift.

freshang23
freshang23
May 1, 2018
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Loved this. So calming, yet I feel so alive! Great class for early morning practice! Thanks Ron!

KimHoffman
KimHoffman
March 19, 2018
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Wonderful class, loved the emphasis on breathing. Thank you

alevans
alevans
February 5, 2018
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Very calming. A good class for the process of recovering - injury or illness.

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
January 7, 2018
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My wife and I did this on Day 6 of the Empower Yourself 30-Day Challenge and we thought it was an absolutely phenomenal class, Ron. I love the imagery in particular. It really made me experience my body in a new, refreshing way.

reneegoudreau
reneegoudreau
December 30, 2017
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Unbelievable class. I decided after two years of doing gentle hatha and yin classes that i'd start to open up more to doing intermediate. The first few classes of this challenge really pushed me and made me feel great. I woke up this morning with tired legs and weak shoulders. Rons class was the perfect pace for how I felt today, he really encourages breathing and a positive attitude. Thank you for this amazing class, and for this amazing site. I'm thankful everyday that it is still here and I can practice yoga with such great teachers :) Namaste

sigras
sigras
December 21, 2017
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Happy sigh! This gentle flow made me feel great on a day which has revitalized my energy.
Thank you!

Paulette9
Paulette9
November 6, 2017
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All I can say is "Ron, you rock!" This is the first class that I have taken with you - part of the 30 day challenge. I feel like I am home! Thank you so very much from your new fan!!

Dusty Cobwebs
Dusty Cobwebs
September 9, 2017
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Thank you Ron. Todays class has left me feeling light and floaty.

Dusty Cobwebs
Dusty Cobwebs
August 25, 2017
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This would have to be my most favourite class of them all. Thank you!

finch
finch
August 23, 2017
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Thank you, Ron. It was wonderful to allow myself to feel compassion for myself. As an athlete, I am so used to pushing myself that I tend to do the same in yoga. Your approach helped me really feel and connect with my body and release mental and physical stress so beautifully. I will come back to this class often.

mrswright2015
mrswright2015
April 18, 2017
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This class was fantastic. It was calming with just a hint of challenge and very, very smooth.

suekita
suekita
April 5, 2017
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I love Ron's classes, they are so refreshing and such an inspiration for my own classes! Hope to see more and more of them! Ron is simply the best!

katie_simpson
katie_simpson
March 13, 2017
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Thank you so much Ron..I have been doing yoga for a long time but this is the first time I felt such a new connection with my body and breath with out over stretching just having respect for my practice. Please do some more intermediate class like these! Even some shorter ones for every day. Thanks again this was fantastic. I will look up your practices Ron :)

Sea2Sea
Sea2Sea
March 13, 2017
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I've been out of my yoga routine and this was a fantastic class to motivate me to get back in to the routine. I especially appreciated 'finding pleasure in the pose' - that is what it is all about. Much thanks!

cirvine06
cirvine06
March 12, 2017
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This is a good practice for me because I need to remember to breathe and keep it continuous and steady throughout my routines; I sometimes struggle with that. The poses in this class weren't challenging, but trying to keep with the breathing and maintaining focus was a bit of a test for me.

Helen P
Helen P
February 27, 2017
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Thanks Ron for another perfect class. I did it after a tiring and stressful day at work and now feel renewed and relaxed. DYWM is a life saver!

ElisseAV
ElisseAV
February 22, 2017
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thank you! exactly what i needed after a long week w a nasty cold

LucyHB
LucyHB
February 22, 2017
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Hooray for another Ron class! This was exactly what I needed midweek - I'm pushing my body with tough marathon training runs as well as daily classes on this site, and this one was a timely reminder not to push myself too much. Such an enjoyable class, it went by in a flash. I feel my spirits have been renewed after doing this! I love Ron's style, his classes are always so enjoyable12

Katharina K.
Katharina K.
February 18, 2017
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Deep breathing, challenging the body and mind in a subtle way. I really enjoy the way Ron adds his own style into a practise, little hints that let me think about ballet and a mindfulness with joyful pleasure. Thank you very much, dear Ron!

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February 17, 2017
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This class made me feel so good. I enormously appreciate Ron's style which is a gift to yourself. I am always looking out for Ron's classes. Thank you

BridgetM
BridgetM
February 5, 2017
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I deeply enjoy Ron's classes and was happy to see this one at the intermediate level. A gentle, calming class that released a lot of stress I was holing onto--thank you Ron. I hope there will be more of his classes soon, as I really appreciate his kind spirit that shines through in every class he leads.