Power Yoga for Beginners

Intermediate I

If you're wondering if you're doing chaturanga, plank, warrior one or the vinyasa flow correctly, this power yoga flow class for beginners is a great place to start. Fiji takes the time to break down each pose, focusing on alignment and how the pose should feel to you. Fiji occasionally holds poses for longer than she normally does, so remember to take breaks if you need to.

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Kitty N
Kitty N
June 25, 2021
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This was the second time I've tried this class...the first time I think I was very new to yoga and found myself getting frustrated that I couldn't hold the poses as long as Fiji does. This time though, I recognized a vast improvement and I found myself really loving this class now! I really love how Fiji tells us to be patient with our bodies....that is exactly what I was NOT doing the first time. Fiji, you are wonderful, I loved this class :)

kmeggs
kmeggs
May 1, 2021
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Took this because I wanted something easier—haha, of course that's unlikely with Fiji :) It's a fabulous deep dive into fundamentals that I should prob watch every year, even after a decade of yoga. Yes, the poses are basic, but the amount of time you're holding them makes it tough but not boring!

dawnburck
dawnburck
August 27, 2020
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So grateful I found your class on my yoga journey. The poses were broken down down in a way that will prevent the pain I was beginning to experience during my practice. Thank you for your gentle and expert teaching.

RanRad
RanRad
July 1, 2020
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Thank you so much Fiji for this detail session. I have a question , Recently after my yoga my sitting bones and legs are aching . Is this pain because of tight muscles or I am doing the poses wrongly

Fiji McAlpine
Fiji McAlpine
July 4, 2020
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Discomfort in the legs after a practice is common especially after doing a challening class. This may be due to muscles being sore after strength building, tendons might be sore after stretching too. Give yourself time to rest after these practices.

ElenaLon
ElenaLon
June 18, 2020
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This is a great class that I return to regularly to check my postures as I progress.
One issue I have that I have not found help with in any of the videos is the transition from downward dog to warrior 1 / lounge. The instruction is always to bend your leg and move your foot between your hands - when I do this I can't go all the way and my foot ends up short of where it should be - what would I be doing wrong ? I know the alternative is to do what you do here which is to start the warrior pose from standing up but I would really like to be able to transition from downward dog instead, any ideas ? Thanks !

Fiji McAlpine
Fiji McAlpine
June 27, 2020
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Hi Elena,
You are not alone in this struggle! Many students, often with tight hamstrings, struggle to get the foot all the way up to the hands. Loosening the hamstrings takes time, but might help. Some other tricks to try are scooting the back foot back, after you take the big step forward, the back foot is easier to move. Another thing I do sometimes is bring the knee into my chest, then as my chest moves forward from downdog to plank the leg hitches a ride, the final movement then comes from the knee to the foot. This is a good thing to workshop, maybe I should make a short tutorial for this one!

farima_mt
farima_mt
February 6, 2020
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Hi
I’m totally new to this and thank you for give us the chance to try it at home and for free.
So, should I do all of the video every day or say, three time per week?

Fiji McAlpine
Fiji McAlpine
February 7, 2020
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Hi Farima,

I am so happy you are trying yoga! Listen to your body and do what feels right, it might be nice to start 3 times a week and then build from there if you feel called to do more! Enjoy the journey!

Sebastiantanner94
Sebastiantanner94
October 29, 2019
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One of the greatest breakdowns I've ever experienced. So many new things to observe within my body on poses I've "known" how to do for years! I don't keep a consistent enough practice yet to ever feel like moving much past beginners yoga, but I feel like that could change! This video and a few others on this site, done enough and consistently, then maybe taking a few in-person classes and I already see myself moving on to more intermediate stuff (moving on could be a year or two still, but it seems possible!). I really enjoyed what she said about being patient with the body, communicating and connecting with it. Something I've understood more recently. This video was well timed in my life, thank you for being available and open to the world.

EmBe
EmBe
June 12, 2019
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Comprehensive Vinyasa Pose Explanations!
Although I’ve practiced Vinyasa yoga for some time, I’ve never had a beginner class that provided such a thorough introduction to the poses. This summer I’m doing beginner classes like this one to fill in the gaps in my yoga training.
“Tick tocking” the legs and knees is new for me because I learned it as “windshield wipering.” “Tick tock” brings an image of an old German cuckoo clock which I prefer to the slap-slap of a car’s windshield wipers.
Thank you for the beautiful outdoor setting of this class!

Simone242
Simone242
October 24, 2018
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Great video. I love the the way you explained alignment points. Helped me out in a great way!

RobynCS
RobynCS
September 18, 2018
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Wonderful alignment points...as always, what a great teacher you are Fiji.
Namaste

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
January 27, 2018
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Thank you so much. I am still new to yoga and was not sure I could do this class, however, your complete and clear instruction throughout helped me to achieve the poses feeling properly aligned and strong. Ifelt the heat and it was very rewarding. Thank you Fiji!

One question please, I know to externally rotate arms for downward dog, but when in plank pose I am not sure whether to be externally or internally rotating my arms. Thank you for input.

gbrigs
gbrigs
January 13, 2018
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This is a great class to remind yourself of the importance of a mindful practice.

Kyraniums
Kyraniums
September 28, 2017
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Fiji really takes the time to explain all the cues for each pose. But because of this, she stays in certain poses very long (or way longer on the first side). This makes this a perfect beginner routine, but not that suitable for slightly more experienced practicers who want to move along in a nice flow.

jennMann1
jennMann1
September 10, 2017
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Very challenging practice. I really enjoyed it and have bookmarked to do often! Thank you!

KaneWahine
KaneWahine
August 23, 2017
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I like how the poses are broken down. It makes it easy to understand.

Julie-Ann Hair
Julie-Ann Hair
July 27, 2017
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Thankful you that was great especially with explaining alignment
Namaste

Izabelka7
Izabelka7
July 5, 2017
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Great explenations, and omg it's so challenging, when I first did it I questioned whether it really is a beginner's level:)
Amazing, powerful yoga, be prepared to feel the power of your thigs:)

hernanr100
hernanr100
June 8, 2017
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Thanks. I am fairly new to Yoga. This was one of the best classes and the best on-line tuturial I have ever seen. You are a great teacher.

Mcecarmody
Mcecarmody
June 7, 2017
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Great class, really learned a lot (I've been to about 10 yoga classes but this class really helped me understand more details about the poses).

estherggg
estherggg
March 7, 2017
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I've done this class several times without the video freezing. This last time it kept freezing despite my letting the video run in pause for several minutes and despite changing servers. My question is this: If I purchase the vide and download it, am I guaranteed a smooth run every time I play it?

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
March 7, 2017
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Sorry to hear that. The streaming depends on so many things it's difficult to diagnose the issue. Yes, if you download the video it will go directly to your computer's hard drive and you will own it. You will be able to play the video anytime you want without needing an internet connection.
Cheers,
David
DoYogaWithMe Founder

rachhsuggs
rachhsuggs
February 7, 2017
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I just did this class for the first time and loved it! During the floor series I was really struggling with lifting my legs for core strength because my lower back was in a lot of pain. It stayed on the floor but I couldn't extend my legs forward without it hurting. Any advice on how I can prevent this? I want to do that pose!

nhoude
nhoude
October 10, 2016
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Have dabbled with yoga in the past but never power yoga. Always took the gentle relaxing classes. Im short on strength and recovering from injuries and age is a factor. The detailed instructions however are key here for me. I'll keep at it.

atenea
atenea
October 2, 2016
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A wonderful reminder of the basics to avoid injuries and progress at our own pace while we inhabit our bodies with mindfulness.

besteni
besteni
September 30, 2016
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Another great session from Fiji. Your effortless boat pose with legs extended had me gasping out of amazement, but I will try to follow your advice on practicing patience with myself.

DeWaat
DeWaat
September 18, 2016
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Couldn't do workout because of an injured knee, so I thought, let's try some more powerful yoga to dissipate some energy. It felt really energising, and some poses really felt good. I'm glad I did it, I feel somewhat purified or cleansed and I'm breathing deeply in my belly now. Thank you for the video.

Sarahadams21
Sarahadams21
September 7, 2016
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A great way to learn the basics, thorough explanations. Thank you.

birdnthesky
birdnthesky
August 11, 2016
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Loved this video. It is nice to slow down in Power Yoga and remember the basics. Fiji is wonderful at breaking down each movement.

elucia
elucia
August 7, 2016
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Returning to yoga after two years absence. This was perfectly placed, and the timing allowed me to re-teach my body the poses and re-align myself. I feel energized!! Thank you!

DeLeonDrummer
DeLeonDrummer
July 19, 2016
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What a wonderful class this was! I really felt strong in many of those because of some prior exercise programs that I have been doing. Excellent tempo as well. Feeling more confident as I move forward!

basilandbees
basilandbees
July 10, 2016
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It has been years since I've practiced regularly. Your pace and explanations were both welcomed and appreciated.

kholbein
kholbein
May 22, 2016
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This was a great refresher class! Going over the poses in a slow pace broken down to help remind my body how to move!

CC
CC
April 12, 2016
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I am coming back to yoga after a eight months break. This is a great practice to get connected again. I believe I will continue with for a week or two and then move on to a more speedy one. At the start, there is a strong foundation part, a bit like iyengar, to ensure that the postures will be done safely and in the correct alignment. I will strongly recommend it to beginners and people who had a break like me.

Lady Bones
Lady Bones
April 11, 2016
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Awesome instruction for a returning yoga student. This will definitely help me get my flexibility back. Thank you Fiji!

Namastesoph
Namastesoph
March 31, 2016
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Such a wonderful class and a wonderful lady. Blessed to have found this online haven. Namaste.

gypsyrasa
gypsyrasa
March 17, 2016
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I learned power classes the wrong way, going to a studio and hopping in. You develop so many bad habits. This class finally put it all together for me in a way where a power class still feels therapeutic to me. I know exactly where to put my body in each pose. Thank you Fiji!

Rachel Fried
Rachel Fried
February 28, 2016
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I've been practicing yoga semi-regularly for years, and this was an excellent and much-needed back to the basics class. Fiji's explanations are so helpful, and I particularly improved my form in plank and triangle, which I'm very excited about. This is a great class to keep returning to even as you advance in your practice to ground your poses in proper form.

allihagi
allihagi
February 19, 2016
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One of my biggest challenges in practicing at home (and biggest excuse not to) has always been that I can't tell if I am doing poses correctly. I found this so very helpful in that way! Plus since some of these poses are held for so long even after I feel I have mastered them I can come back to this class for a little test of endurance. Thank you so much!

sblack1998
sblack1998
February 12, 2016
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I loved all the instruction for each pose. I really learned a lot. I will be repeating this class for a while. Thank you.

lbarrski
lbarrski
February 6, 2016
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This was truly an amazing class. Very informative, challenging and relaxing.

dmathis7
dmathis7
January 28, 2016
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Feels great, love the explanations on form. I like the encouragement along the way too!

vparker2006
vparker2006
January 24, 2016
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Fiji,
Thank you for this wonderful class! I appreciate the detailed explanation of the poses and the encouraging words throughout your class. :) Definitely will be taking more of your classes !

laaparicio
laaparicio
January 21, 2016
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Taken both of your beginner classes and I must say, there was definitely a time where I dreaded even the thought of yoga... turns out, all I needed was some guidance and you provided that and even more. Thank you! Can't wait to see where my practice takes me.