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Sacred Expansion

Intermediate II

Ron uses beautiful imagery - and a colorful ball - to guide you through this wonderfully challenging flow that focuses on expansion. His teaching style is like no other, full of fantastic analogies and a flow that often feels more like dance than yoga.

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noemi
noemi
November 8, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
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I enjoyed this class a lot! I felt very powerful in all the expanding poses. And at the end I could really feel my emotions releasing and flowing.

pinguin08
pinguin08
September 19, 2022
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Ron, I totally flow with you and smile so often during your class because of the cheerfulness I hear in your voice all the way over here in Germany. And the grace / dancing air in your movement is beautiful to see and aspire to as well. I love practicing with you !

soniakim
soniakim
September 7, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
3
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I really tried but I couldn't complete this class. Listening to Ron's loud and difficult breathing made it really challenging for me to focus on my practice. I think DYWM should publish courses in which Ron doesn't appear to be struggling with his own breath. I hope this feedback is received in the right way.

anngrimm
anngrimm
September 8, 2022
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Perhaps you could look at it as an opportunity to reflect on why the noises bother you. As you probably know, yoga is a path towards understanding of self. Learning to tune out distractions in class is generally a good practice that can bleed into all areas of life

Sooz03927
Sooz03927
January 20, 2022
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I sometimes have a bit of inner rebellion during long vinyasa flows but Ron's teaching style and voice somehow makes it a calmer experience for me. I also appreciate the long-ish balance sequence.

beccamama
beccamama
December 30, 2021
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Thank you! That was a really good class on a super windy day!

balance79
balance79
October 24, 2020
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Wow. I did not know I could do that! It felt great. Thanks!

MiTy
MiTy
October 23, 2020
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Wow! This was an amazing practice. Thank you, Ron.

nina.granstrom@live.se
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July 6, 2020
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Thank you Ron. Your classes always touches me mentally and spiritually, besides the obvious physical wellbeing, for some reason. Keep doing what you do whatever that is. :-) Namaste!

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
June 26, 2020
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This was practice was even better the second time in this ongoing inter. program. You may note that at one time the instructor says "move to runners pose" when the instructor actually moves to the standing splits pose.

I'm learning so much in this program.

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
June 10, 2020
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That was a fun practice. It is great to learn so many different techniques and visuals from all the teachers at DYWM. I feel very empowered from this class. I do need to practice more on balance like most students, but I'm getting there. The visualization of the ball helps with movement and I loved all the arm movements in this class. 73 minutes flew by.

ValOverton
ValOverton
June 7, 2020
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Thank you Ron. The expanding ball analogy was so very helpful to me. Namaste.

logicfollows
logicfollows
May 10, 2020
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Very nice class! I loved the analogies. The video was a little glitchy in the beginning and in the middle but it resolved quickly. It was a great full body practice!

JMacDee
JMacDee
May 5, 2020
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What a great class, I am so glad I took it. I found it challenging but doable.

I am not sure what you (Ron) mean about the ball rolling up the front of your spine. Are you talking about imagining it inside your body?

I take "real life" classes with a number of talented female instructors, so as a man I appreciated having a male teacher. It is unusual for me and welcome. I will take this one again soon I am sure, really enjoyed the transitions and Ron's sense of humour. Thank you!

Ron Stewart
Ron Stewart
May 6, 2020
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Hi JMacDee
I'm glad you liked the class!
Yes, the ball rolling up the spine is imagining (at first) the energy, with the opportunity at some time to be able to actually feel the energy rising.
Once there, see if you can drop the energy back down to the pelvis, via tongue to roof of the mouth, the energy pours down the front.

JMacDee
JMacDee
May 27, 2020
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Thank you Ron,

I have enjoyed all your classes I have tried so far. Last evening was Neutral Spine, Playful Balance which I have taken 2-3 times. I appreciate how you often give us a range to work with. I also like how you laugh at yourself sometimes if you wobble. It shows us it is OK if we do the same. I think I'd find it hard to balance on a mat on sand!

Sorry to be so literal but do you mean we should envision the ball inside our bodies rolling up the front of the spine?
James

Ron Stewart
Ron Stewart
May 27, 2020
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HI James
As you inhale, like a thermometer rising, imagine a ball floating up the spine. I feel it up the front of the spine. Energy flows where we place focus. For me the ball image also reminds me to be tall through the full length of my spine. Hope this helps!

Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
March 27, 2020
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Such good Yoga Medicine - always, and esp. in times like these where expansion, opening, breath, and heart-space are so important.
Feeling at ease, calm. and strong.
Thank you Ron, and DYWM.
Once again.

ÀfricaRM
ÀfricaRM
February 22, 2020
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Thank you very much for this class, Ron. It has made me more aware of the connection between body, movement and breadth.
The only con for me is that it is a challenging class, and at some points I had to rest and skip a movement or two. Namaste!

Haley P
Haley P
July 17, 2019
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Good class! I would have like if he described which poses he's headed into each time and for long each pose is held, because I found it challenging to follow unless I was watching the screen.

aretela
aretela
May 18, 2019
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One of my favorite classes here ever! Loved it!

ag329
ag329
February 7, 2019
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I hesitated when I saw the length of this class, but I'm very glad I gave it a try. This was my first class of Ron's. I found it to be very smooth, and I feel it was good breath work. Thank you.

percevial@gmail.com
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October 11, 2017
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This is a good flow. I like the movement. As others stated, I got off a bit due to some missing or late cues. There are times when you almost need to watch in order to not miss transitions. With other classes on the site, the verbal instructions are sufficient, which is important since you may be in a posture where you can’t look at your device. I had a hard time connecting to the ball metaphor. As a male, I like watching Ron. It provides a context for me. While I may not be able to achieve his level of flexibility, the quality of his movement is inspiring and reassures me that with time I can accomplish quality movement.

amina 28
amina 28
May 4, 2017
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this is fantastic feel like i have got anew body

Adventuress42
Adventuress42
April 27, 2017
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There is a jump in video where we are at the back of the mat and Ron (the teacher) continues moving us with a break in video so we are moving off mat and he is all of a sudden (video break/edit issue) at front.
There are a few transitions that he does not give equally to both sides, and that are somewhat dangerous on the back - so be cautious and centered, take some time as needed. Defintely need to be very experienced so you know immediately how to keep strong through this class with fast transitions that can be very straining.

I have done yoga for about 16 years and mostly can follow along all the DoYogaWithMe videos by just explanations without looking at the screen however in this one I find it impossible. The teacher talks about this wonderful ball of energy moving in the body but with no idea where he's actually going till way past my breath cycle, and very often not at all without moving out of position to look at the screen.

I highly suggest trying to follow a full breath behind but that is difficult to do.

Just a note- the breathy microphone makes it very difficult to know where to be in the breath cycle for those postures that are not explained, eventually I was able to get past it but it is an added difficulty.

Nice things about this video though -it's a lovely flow and the energy of the ball moving through the body helped me align and move deeper in lovely ways. I'd really like another teacher to do this flow. Some of Ken's other classes are easier to follow though. As a note to him, it'd be good to know where we are going First, then talk about the ball of energy getting us there.

Petraathome
Petraathome
March 23, 2017
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Wonderful session. Loved the imagery with the expanding sphere. Felt my whole body opening up letting in air and light and energy and peace. Thank you Ron for this amazing class. This was a game changing experience. I just ordered one of these spheres to keep in my yoga space so I can connect with your sacred expansion invitations when I practice.

ucheoseb
ucheoseb
February 27, 2017
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I didn't quite connect with this class...the ball metaphor didn't really click with me, and that's okay, that's not a problem. To me though, this class had a rushed, almost fidgety feel to it. I never felt like I understood where we were going to go next. The usual "flow" from movement to movement that I usually associate with Vinyasa yoga was missing for me here. I'm happy to see that others got so much enjoyment from it though!

Johannasjo
Johannasjo
February 25, 2017
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Great class when you want to transition from beginner to intermediate. All poses are explained in detail and I love the metaphor using the ball! Thank you

BenjaminHK
BenjaminHK
February 5, 2017
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This is a fun , challenging class that is definitely good for intermediate level to improve and push myself. I have done this class several times now. It is also amusing that at 23:40 Ron magically moves from the back of the mat to the front!! :)

thekchog palma
thekchog palma
January 1, 2017
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A unique class that left me feeling like my whole body was moving so much more freely. Thank you - I love the emphasis on expansion. It was very effective.

sole
sole
December 30, 2016
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This class is really amazing! Thank you very much Ron! Looking forward to see other classes of you on the website with such beautiful methafors and analogies! I'm a singer and I would love to have a color ball for my classes, where did you found it? thanks!

Lagunatick
Lagunatick
January 1, 2017
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You can buy the expansion balls on Amazon and other online shops - name of the item is Hoberman Sphere. There are two sizes.

lea.muller@student.maastrichtuniversity.nl
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December 24, 2016
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This was one of the best yoga classes I ever witnessed. Thank you so much! I feel that my back is strong now and straight as well. I feel good, and calm and the practice was everything I was looking for. Ron is moving very gracefully and majestic! A great teacher to learn from!

danir
danir
December 5, 2016
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This is my new favourite class! Ron's creative imagery kept me focused on taking full deep breaths throughout (something I usually struggle with due to anxiety). I haven't felt this calm or breathed so easily in as long as I can remember. Ron's style is so unique and it resonates with me, I would love to see more videos from him. Such a wonderful gift.

MichelleRene
MichelleRene
December 2, 2016
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Good overview of main asanas looking forward to a class with more floor asanas.

rlafgeb
rlafgeb
November 24, 2016
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Ron you are a gift. "energetic suggestion" is genius.

fruchtmann.sara@yahoo.com
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November 5, 2016
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thank you Ron for everything you teach: the joy of moving, breathing and doing yoga with ease I teach acting to long term unemployed people in Germany and find your classes an inspiration for my work. Sara

Nicholet
Nicholet
July 12, 2016
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I don't see a way to buy this one, like you can others on the site. Is that true? Great class.