Power Yoga for Balance

Intermediate I

In Ron's first class, he shows you why so many students love his style. He's a dancer, performer and massage practitioner, and all of these skills are expressed in his classes. This class is fun, vigorous and a beautiful progression into some very difficult standing balance postures. You will hear Ron mention Mula Bandha, which is a pelvic floor contraction. If you're unfamiliar with this, check out our Core Activation: Pelvic Floor video tutorial.

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ÀfricaRM
November 14, 2020
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Another wonderful and original class by Ron. Although for me it is a bit challenging (it is really a long class, and I have my own problems with balance) it helps me a lot. Every time I do this class I notice that my balanced has improved. Also, Ron is a charming and flexible teacher who lets you be yourself, shortcomings included. Namaste, Ron!

kb
August 16, 2020
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Absolutely loved this class! The cues are delightful! First time doing the class I'm happy to watch Ron as his strength and grace are inspiring!

Nikki_Paulie
July 3, 2020
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I didn't like this class very much. The instuctions for how to get into poses, and for transitions were not consistant, and were not always clear. I found myself having to constantly look at the screen to know what to do, and having to do that keeps me out of being present in my own body. The instructions were a little too vague throughout, and I noticed that often the instructor would be already in a move, or starting a transition before he gave the directions for the movement, so I ended up playing catch up for most of the class.

Foxy Roxi
June 29, 2020
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It took me a second attempt to engage with this class all the way to the end. My external gaze makes it somewhat tricky or challenging to stay balanced internally. I enjoyed the dancing and realised perhaps I use other parts of my body help me to stay upright rather than grounding through my feet and then ankles. The idea of my ankles being strong and able to dance (soft) was a beautiful suggestion thank you. Personally clearer verbal cues would be helpful as I enjoy yoga more when I can listen to the teacher, following along without necessarily looking at the screen. Thank you David.

Lmyers488
May 29, 2020
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Unfortunately the first class on this site that I did not enjoy, due to false expectations with the labeling. I would categorize this as an intermediate 1 instead of 3, and not necessarily a power class. Also, I found Ron did not give adequate instruction and I had to constantly look at the video to see what he was doing (right or left leg? I’m lifting my arms now?). Maybe I’ve been doing too many of Fiji’s classes though :)

David Procyshyn
May 29, 2020
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Thanks! We're adapting to our new system of categorization so I appreciate your feedback. I also think this is an Intermediate I class, so I've made the change. And yes, Ron's style is a bit different than Fiji's - it can be more challenging to follow!

Foxy Roxi
June 29, 2020
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Lmyers488, I too enjoy Fiji's amazing way of connecting all the dots together to allow for careful reflection of the inner and outer world. I always enjoy her classes as I connect profoundly. with her style. What I loved about Rons class was the invitation to try something new. I am curious to try a third one of his classes but I won't do it when I am looking for that invigorating flow, maybe on a rest. day. Thank you for the reclassification David, appreciated.

denaj707
December 7, 2019
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I just found this session and Ron has cured (well, nearly) my wobblies! The magic is in the "dancing ankle". I realized that the more I wobbled in class, the more I tried to harden my ankle resulting in even worse balance. I was in a circle that just kept getting worse until listening to Ron and keeping my ankle more relaxed and being ok with it moving.

yogi_regina
September 4, 2019
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quite an eclectic series. super fun. super dynamic and grateful for more awareness to balancing. Thanks, Ron.

ljh101
January 29, 2019
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What a difference it makes in balance poses when plenty of time is spent warming up the ankles. Great way to enter Warrior 3 by noticing the placement of the foot when stepping; I love these simple tricks to learning a pose better :) Thanks for including a link to this class in the blog entry for Standing Balance Poses; it's a nice discovery. Thanks!

Melanie Lichtinger
October 6, 2017
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...of balance, focus, and strength. Love the fluidity and inner body awareness you model, Ron, and that this and other of your classes generate! It only takes 1 hr and 11 min to be fully regenerated and ready from the core for what's to come.
Bring on more classes, Ron!
In gratitude!

kasey_curtis
July 8, 2017
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I loved this class. The moment by moment awareness of the body, the visual cues, helped so much to really stay present and to keep balance. Thank you!

arawicz1
March 15, 2016
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I think this class was misnamed. It did not feel in any way like a power yoga class. It was slow slow slow - which some people may want, but I was looking for a power yoga class!

David Procyshyn
March 15, 2016
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Yes, I guess it depends on how you define 'power'. You're right, typically power classes move at a quicker pace, so in that respect it doesn't quite meet the criteria.

Cheers,

David

YoNiki
December 30, 2015
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Very nice practice! I feel very grounded now :-)

heckerdy
September 28, 2015
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I wore these few practices out during post op and radiation for breast cancer, I even got my Radiation Oncologist to watch you and he thought your practice was perfect! I went through breast cancer treatment and found your video on youtube. I have tried others and always come back to yours on this page . So sad there are only these few
I hope to see more of you Ron! If not I will keep cycling though these until I know them by heart thanks again

Heidela
May 26, 2015
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I have now done Ron Stewarts videos at least 3 times apiece and really appreciate his practice. I found him on a rainy day, on Youtube and it was such a nice practice it lead me to this site and that lead me to other practices with other instructors and really I keep coming back to Ron thanks so much and hope to see more of you

Liria
March 15, 2015
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Simply gorgeous! It is amazing how close I feel to Ron while following his class. It is as if he knew the exact words at the right time to make me surrender, lose any resistance and enjoy. Thanks!!

Dakota Drummer
March 7, 2015
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Helpful tips for balance poses. I had to refer to the video frequently as audio cues were not always understandable on their own. Plus, I did not watch prior to practicing though. It is easier to provide clear cues if they are scripted and overdubbed so I understand that live audio will be less perfect in comparison. Deep breathing and tongue click were distracting at times. Thanks for the class.

ortrudes
February 9, 2015
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I can feel Ron's dance experience in his practice. Very nice. Thanks Ron.

aecam
November 14, 2014
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I really liked the style of this video. Loved to cues and explanations. Embracing the movement in my ankles really improved my balance - I was able to draw my focus away from there and onto other areas of my body. I have always attempted to lock my joint in an effort to obtain stillness, but allowing the 'dance' seemed to help.

ladybug123_4
October 8, 2014
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Love, love, love, love, LOVE this class! It is so different and yet still challenging. I found so much ease in poses that are usually difficult. I have never had an easier time in a headstand. I love the softness in the hands as well. That is something I will try and take with me into other practices. Thanks again!

conyer.clayton
August 29, 2014
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Ron's style is super fun. I enjoy the movement he allows in each pose, reaffirming that the ankle adjustments and "dancing" in your balances in normal, and even encouraged. Thanks for the help in rebuilding weak ankles Ron!

lomoraes
May 5, 2014
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I love Ron's style, his voice is so calm! I struggled in the beginning, trying to sit on my toes (it's painful for me), but the rest of the practice was a bless!

HashBrown
March 27, 2014
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Great class, great cues, great teacher! More of Ron please :-) Thanks!!

machine
December 15, 2013
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Fantastic education in balance technique. Explained a lot of proble!ms I have with balance.cheers Ron

a l i s s a
February 5, 2014
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how do you sit on your toes like that in the beginning???? it was so uncomfortable for me

jeannecrane
February 16, 2014
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thankyou, I now can find my centre line and not constantly fall off that tight rope :)

yogirosie
February 17, 2014
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Thanks Ron for this video! I AM BLESSED to have found this site. Did the practice this Monday morning and it was a wonderful way to start my week. I just love how you connect us to our center within so we can balance outward....Balancing our lives is everyone's challenge....thanks for helping us on the journey.

treepose
March 4, 2014
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Such a great class with excellent visuals. Got me thinking about the midline and that it's ok to move and shake around a bit. Also it was so much fun. I like Ron's style a lot and look forward to even more classes from him. I loved his other one as well.

Mamanp
October 12, 2013
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Thanks, Ron.

Your reminders to allow that ankles to "dance" immediately improved my balance. I was under the impression from prior experience that "locking" the entire leg was the goal. My daughter and I will definitely be coming back to your class. Someday we might even do the head stand!

Kristen

lkogut
September 7, 2013
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I loved this class! I even surprised myself by doing a headstand haha! I loved the image of the center line, I think it is great when a teacher sticks with a concept to focus on all class and Ron definitely does this. Ron is so carefree throughout this practice calling being off balanced, 'dancing.' I also really enjoyed his reminders of not locking into a pose, such as moving your hips in Warrior 1.
Thanks Ron! I want more videos from you!
Namaste

M
September 7, 2013
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Echoing previous comments on the enjoyment of this video. More Ron please!

debbieltd
August 25, 2013
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I really loved Ron's idea of witnessing the body during the different movements as opposed to enduring them. It was like a mantra to help focus your mind on the current actions: "I see the contours of my leg. I feel my foot on the earth" and etc. It really resounded with me and made for a GREAT class which I can't wait to do again!

LuluDoll
August 16, 2013
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I loved this video because of how funny Ron is, some of the things had me laughing so hard and yet the way he focuses on midline helped me to stay in the poses.

Ken Cali Dood
August 2, 2013
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Almost two weeks without yoga, and I don't know if it was some withdrawl symptoms but I had neck pains and a slight headache. After doing this wonderful class by Ron, it was all gone! I'll never neglect yoga for that long if I can help it.

WFisher
July 31, 2013
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This is my favorite class so far. Please upload more classes from Ron. I love him!

Bryan67
July 10, 2013
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Enjoyed Ron's unique style of teaching, seemed more fluid, spontaneous & artistic than most yoga sessions which are usually very regimented. Wanted to thank Ron also for assisting me with better understanding my midline which allows me to focus better when I'm balancing. Great session, Ron!

msluey
July 8, 2013
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Ron has a unique style of teaching that allowed me to view familiar poses in new and unexpected ways. I loved the "dancing ankles", the reminders to actually look and witness the body in action, and the dynamic stretches (the windmilling arm stretch in the middle felt fabulous). Throughout the practice I felt strong, beautiful, and grounded. Thank you, Ron!!

sreilley
July 6, 2013
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This is one of the best classes I've ever done, and I've been practicing for some time. It's clear that Ron has a sound knowledge of biomechanics, neuroscience and energetics and he meshes them all into a unique, deep, fun experience.

I found myself backing off, opening further and finding joy in unexpected ways. More videos from Ron please!