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Pour Some Sugar On Me

Intermediate I

Strengthen your glutes and stabilizing muscles in this keenly sequenced practice to ardha chandra chapasana (sugar cane in the moonlight pose). Rachel will help you build the strength and the technique needed to move fully and gracefully into this challenging, balancing, hip opener.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 16 of the Daily Dose 30-Day Intermediate Yoga Challenge.



Existing Comments

June 10, 2021

Great class - doing this class as part of the 30 daily dose challenge but will return to it outside the challenge. Familiar poses exquisitely re-explained with precision and care - just brilliant - thanks Rachel!

August 25, 2020

Thank you so much for this class! Wonderful cueing, focus, and fun! I've historically had difficulty with this pose and so grateful to have found this class. Your description of what to feel and your cueing and choices of poses to build strength for the half moon pose were exactly what helped me identify my weak areas and what poses to practice to help strengthen them. I look forward to the day I can do this pose in it
s fullness. Thank you!

May 2, 2020

Such a great class! And such a great teacher! Your meticulous details on how to enter into each pose are phenomenal. You have a great energy and I have enjoyed every class that I have taken with you.

January 22, 2020

My husband and I are enjoying this practice (have done it independently of this challenge) and are looking forward to the challenge. We both get such joy out of your wording "juicy" "scrub" "scooch" - makes it fun. And your elongating the words showing feeling is great! Thanks and I can't wait to come to one of YOUR yoga retreat/vacations when we can! Cheers from New Hampshire!-Margot and Bradley Keyes

November 6, 2019

I could not agree with pippalotta more! You have a gift and I am so happy that you are here to share it with us all! Thank you! Oh - and I loved this class. I usually stick to intermediate but have found that your beginner classes work wonderfully for me. :)

October 24, 2019

What an amazing class!!! Thank you for taking the time totally explain how our body should feel within each pose. You are an excellent instructor!!! Also, I was able to accomplish half moon for the first time today!!! I am so excited!!! Thank you again!!

October 21, 2019

A wonderful practice with a lot of help/direction from Rachel. It is a great class for anyone revisiting half moon or wanting to learn to do half moon properly.

September 25, 2019

Rachel, you are an actual magician! Your ability to breakdown movement in the body and actually describe it to others, is an absolute gift! We are very lucky to have you here. I learn so much from all your classes and even though most are labelled as Beginner they are often as difficult as other advanced ones due to the focus on moving thoughtfully at all times. Thank you!

July 22, 2019

Man, I love this class. I feel great after it, and learn a lot of tips for remaining aligned, and feeling strong, that I can use in other classes. Thank you!

July 8, 2019

I have always had the hardest time with half moon pose and maintaining balance/alignment, it has always felt off for me. This time, I feel like I was finally aligned properly and was able to hold the balance for much longer than I have been before! Thank you!

March 27, 2019

What a super class. The usual incredibly intricate and detailed cueing from Rachel as we worked towards the peak half moon poses. When I practice at home, it's on a carper, so can be wobbly underfoot. The progressions really helped me find stability as I opened up. Heartfelt thanks Rachel for another beauty of a class.

February 27, 2019

Most yoga classes focus only on the INNER hip. I appreciate the balance in also offering classes that work the OUTER hip. My problem spot! I frequently wake in the middle of the night with outer hip pain. Great sequence that I definitely plan to come back to! Thanks, Rachel, for your helpful instruction to help keep us safe when moving in and out of poses. Many thanks!

February 20, 2019

I enjoyed the vinyasas and detailed instruction on form for protecting knees and "scrubbing" new things! ; ) I even worked up a bit of a sweat and feel nice and flexible in my hips now. Thanks for such a nice sequence, Rachel.

February 16, 2019

I have knee issues and am currently working on my strength and flexibility. The explanations of alignment and transitions were really helpful. This class was a challenge for me and the final half moon pose is beyond me at the moment but I will definitely be making it part of my regular routine.

February 16, 2019


This class was so perfectly explained and your cuing was right on the money. Focusing on all of the positioning of the top and bottom of your leg and knee added a new and deeper dimension to this class and these moves that we all probably do by memory and not with the intended attention.

I feel amazing finishing this class!! It’s just the ticket for what I needed today! Simply PERFECT!!



Melanie Lichtinger
February 13, 2019

Warm and flexible and peaceful now... thank you Rachel for the clear instructions (learned 'even' as an intermediate how to develop Half Moon incl the ankle bind in a much better way), the perfect build-up and stretch-out, and the gentle savasana guidance.

February 12, 2019

I've been going to physio for patella femoral pain (basically the result of weak outer hip muscles and strong inner thigh muscles) and my physio plan is all about finding proper hip-knee-ankle alignment, strengthening the glutes, and stretching the legs. This class is exactly what I need! Put a mirror in front of you to help you see your alignment from another angle :) Many thanks, Rachel!!

February 12, 2019

Great tune-up for intermediate students! I felt very stable in the peak pose and my body felt stretched and elongated by the end of the class. Rachel has a knack for offering clear explanations which don't require looking at the screen, and she keeps the mood light even when the poses are intense. Thanks, Rachel!

February 12, 2019

I struggled to get into and stay into half moon pose. Otherwise this was a great class.

February 11, 2019

My hips have been tight and I've been trying every hip opener I can find. Not only was this class great fun but my hips feel much better!

February 10, 2019

Attention to alignment and out hip strength feels great!

February 8, 2019

The time just flies by in this practice; Rachel's insightful instruction provides clear guidance throughout. Such joy--