Day 5: Rise Again

Fiji McAlpine
Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 5 (30 votes)
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Explore how to rise with courage and strength in this invigorating practice with Fiji that includes lots of standing and arm balances.

This class is Day 5 of Fiji's Calm in the Chaos program. Each class is very similar in style and movement, the intention and focus is what sets them apart as a progression.

Equipment: None
Style: Vinyasa/Power Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety/Stress


EmBe 4 weeks ago

Thank you for including a bit more video of the building at the beginning. I know I bring the building up every day, but the setting is important for me. I appreciated “Sometimes things need to fall apart so they can be rebuilt in a better way.” I am adding it to my quotations collection and attributing it to Fiji McAlpine.
Some poses were difficult for me, but I’ve done yoga long enough that I know alternatives for the difficult poses. A beginner will need more instruction. However, these classes are labeled Intermediate, and I don’t feel the program was designed as an instructional beginner program. Adding beginner level Calm in the Chaos classes might be something DYWM can consider in the future. I sincerely hope this program will be expanded to include more levels. Chaos, in some degree, may be part of our lives for some time to come.

nadonado 4 weeks ago

Thank you Fiji, I love the flow into poses like crane and crow (although I have a broken pinky right now so my birds are lame). I still do almost all of the poses, except head stand with a broken finger in a metal splint. I like the shorter classes right now as I can do 2 or more together if I have time or just do one because I've already exercised earlier. Your classes exude care and love.

Paulette9 4 weeks ago

Great class!! So many great poses in a short period of time. Yet it did not fell rushed. It gave me a new courage with all of the balancing poses. Thank you Fiji!!

MysteryLady 4 weeks ago

I thought that I would enjoy this programme but I haven’t. I understand that the programme is marketed as intermediate but I found that there are too may poses throughout all of the classes that I can not do, such as crow and crane, I have been practicing yoga for a long time, would consider myself a solid intermediate student and still can’t manage those poses despite trying many times and in this programme there were no alternative poses offered or even different levels of the pose offered. Even with tree pose Fiji directed us to put our foot on our thigh but did not say if you can’t manage that to use your shin or ankle. I find that what happens in tree pose if students are not directed otherwise they place their foot on their knee and this is bad for the knee joint. I would also say that headstands are too dangerous to attempt unsupervised. I think this programme needs to come with a caveat for the type and level of poses within it.

Hanasana 4 weeks ago

I understand your concerns but I don't think they're quite fair.

Intermediate III is one step before Advanced, so it really does matter what sort of "intermediate" you consider yourself to be. Plus, there're so many different kinds of yoga. You could have practiced one type of yoga for years, and still be a beginner in another type of yoga. Personally, I found the class quite manageable. Keep in mind that people are asking Fiji to post more advanced classes all the time, what can you do... not everything is ideal for everyone :)

Fiji always advises that we make the class our own, so I would recommend just modifying what you need to on your own. It's what I do when an instructor goes into a pose I can't do. Or, I just do something else I like and then re-join the class when it's all over.

Lastly, this is marked Intermediate III, so it's for people - who as you - have been doing yoga for years. And people in this category already know that they shouldn't put their foot on their knee for tree pose, and that they shouldn't get into "dangerous" poses that aren't in their practice unsupervised. So, if the instructor is going into headstand or tripod stand or hand stand, there's an assumption that it's already in your practice, if you choose to do it (and oftentimes they make a point of emphasizing "if it's in your practice".) No one is suggesting you do something that would hurt you :) I hope you find classes you can enjoy more!

Judith62 4 weeks ago

I found your comment quite pertinent. I would consider myself a solid intermediate student but I still cannot manage crow or crane. It just doesn't happen for me.

Audreyb18 4 weeks ago

Hello Fiji, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I've started yoga 10 years ago in a wonderful shala in Beijing, but eventually I had to come back home in Paris (with a baby) and while I was looking into places I could practice with a teacher, I started practicing at home with your "Fondations in flow" video, and it is still the base of my practice.
Very soon, I stopped looking elsewhere and I kept coming back to your lessons. You have been my teacher for 9 years now: helping me getting back on my mat after my first pregnancy; adding the prenatal/postnatal classes exactly in time for my second in 2014; the "Chakra flow" was my go-to classes when my father got sick and passed away; I had the "Vinyasa for Vitality" or "Morning wake-up and flow"when I was in a hurry...
But, if I kept coming back to DYWM and your classes, it's because I could feel the kindness and caring and sincerity in each of the classes and that was WHAT I was looking for in yoga. Strength to look for it in my heart and courage to see it in others.
This "Calm in the Chaos" program comes (again) right in time... I'm sure I'm not the only one to feel that way. But it's not only because of what happens in the world right now but also in my life. Transformation. Destruction and Beauty. Fear and Hope.
So after ten years of silently enjoying your guidance, I just wanted to say THANK YOU.