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Prepare for Arm Balances

Intermediate III
This class is perfect for beginners who are looking for more challenge and intermediates who are happy with a more foundational class. Rachel gives you everything you need to know when attempting an arm balance, including teaching you technique and preparation. Her clear instruction, precise alignment and enthusiasm will help you move into poses that you may find challenging.
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Lucia A
Lucia A
July 16, 2020
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Rachel is one of my favorites, I started with most of her classes before moving to other teachers. I’m happy to find this, is the perfect mix of challenging and foundational. Definitely coming back to it. First time I stay in balance in Crow and could do the last peak pose.

GraceS
GraceS
April 19, 2020
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Amazing class with detailed instruction to lead you to the peak poses and options.

wanita
wanita
September 29, 2019
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Great instructions! I need to practice more to achieve those latter arm balances :)

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bevbryant213@gmail.com
May 19, 2019
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I really appreciate this class. Thank you for providing such clear instruction -- it will go a long way to improve my practice. I'm coming back to this class a lot, I think. I hadn't realized how little of my hand I've been using in my down dog and balances. This will definitely be a continued work in progress. I'm loving Rachel -- so clear and informative.

duroc017
duroc017
March 30, 2019
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I enjoyed this class! I wasn't sure if I was going to, but it ended up being very satisfying. I found it really helpful that Rachel emphasized putting more weight into the fingers and knuckles, because I think I usually just rest most of the weight onto the heels of my hands, so my crow felt much more stable which was cool! And I'm so proud of myself that I can do eka pada koundinyasana ii, although it's not a perfect one. But man, my wrists are pooped after this like never before.

emhenry
emhenry
March 2, 2019
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Whooosh! This was a welcome return to some strength building after a Winter of Yin heavy practices! I love playing with arm balances and thanks to Rachel's and Fiji's strength classes over the years, I have come to enjoy quite a few; this was a great reminder of good alignment... and also wakening up some underused muscles! Thank you! xx

Dusty Cobwebs
Dusty Cobwebs
February 24, 2019
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After reading the previous comment regarding difficulty, I thought I ought to watch through first. When Rachel got to demonstrating crow pose with toes on a block I decided to give that a go and I DID IT!!!!!!! Thank you, thank you thank you! Awesome class Rachel, even if the whole class is still a bit beyond my abilities, you helped me achieve something new.

fifiers
fifiers
February 13, 2019
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I loved this class - but I've been doing DYWM for years and this, to me, should be classified as "Advanced" due to the pace as well as the challenging arm balances throughout. Rachel is one of my faves . Her cues are so good and I always learn something new from her. I will have few sore muscles tomorrow though!

Dmurban
Dmurban
February 13, 2019
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I really love Rachel's intermediate yoga classes. Through her classes, I feel like I've been able to develop increased strength, especially in my core, develop increased flexibility, and tackle some poses I never was sure I'd be able to do (Power to Paradise and Heavenly Hips are my other Rachel favorites). Anyway, I've been fumbling my way around the final pose Rachel does in this class for many months now, but this time, thanks to her excellent alignment cues, I was finally able to get both my feet off the ground (!). She's such a great and encouraging teacher.

Please develop more intermediate and particularly intermediate-advanced classes from Rachel!

Rwasser
Rwasser
February 19, 2019
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I love Rachel's classes too... her alignment and strengthening cues are always spot on and because of this, any classification (beginner, intermediate, advanced) can be a pleasant body and mind opening experience.
Thank you for listing your other Rachel favorites.... I need to start a list of faves to return to.
Thank you, Rachel, David Procyshyn and everyone at DYWM. I absolutely love what you guys are doing.

WaywardAlchemist
WaywardAlchemist
February 10, 2019
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I really like Rachel's energy and instruction. However, I also agree this is an intermediate class! A challenging one at that. Many of the poses I couldn't complete to their full expression. Still learned a lot and enjoyed.

yogiAndermoser
yogiAndermoser
February 10, 2019
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Love all of Rachel's classes and agree with all the other comments. This is definitely NOT a beginner class. I do mostly intermediate classes on DYWM and this one is on par with them - and more challenging than some! Focus on technique does not a beginner class make.

karen77ca
karen77ca
February 9, 2019
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There's not a Rachel class I don't love ! Another great class but certainly not beginner.

jbondor
jbondor
February 8, 2019
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Rachel is one of my favorite instructors and I have had lots of Aha! moments with her cures and also have felt very peaceful/settled after some classes. This was technically very helpful, with good tips on how to strengthen arms, establish wrist connections and get "lift" in poses. Even though I learned a lot, it lacked the magic of some Rachel classes. Seemed intermediate to me.

ljwhite1961
ljwhite1961
February 7, 2019
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This is not a beginner class. I consider myself advanced beginner / easy intermediate and i could not finish this class. Maybe a new sub category should be considered. How about advanced beginner or starting intermediate. I wish i could finish this(: Someday.

nipper
nipper
February 8, 2019
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I must say I totally agree. This was difficult and I totally couldn’t even begin to do the last arm pose. I struggle to find classes which are not too easy beginner classes and ones which are intermediate which
I can finish. Oh were there a category in between! That said I did learn a lot from what I was able to do.

jmitton
jmitton
February 6, 2019
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Highly recommend this practice; really makes you work at being mindful about each part of your body as you move through poses. Very helpful and makes me really think about where my feet are in relation to my hips etc.

nipper
nipper
February 6, 2019
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I reallllly love Rachel’s classes. This “work in progress class” is excellent in that it gave me confidence to do things I would never have tried and showed me the way to do things gracefully. Many thanks Rachel.