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Setting the Foundation

Intermediate II

In this practice with Rachel, we will set the foundation for developing a safe and effective inversion practice. This class targets key areas of the body for inversions: wrists, shoulders, hips, core, and hamstrings. Note: You will need a wall to do the practice.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class, as Day 1 of Rachel's 7-Day Inversion Challenge or as Day 5 of the Daily Dose 30-Day Intermediate Yoga Challenge.

Equipment:
  • Block
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Captain Burt
Captain Burt
April 2, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
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Exploring new dimensions, what a fun class!

ckboucher
ckboucher
March 14, 2022
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Great. Like the wrist additions as well. Is there someone or a series that talks and explains less. Seems like so many of these are explaining things like it's your first time.

yupee
yupee
March 10, 2022
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Wow, such a great practice! Lots of intensive sensations, can't wait to do the next round of the challenge. Had a kind of a Aha-moment, when it comes to stretching the back line of the body as well...using the wall, placing the bum on the wall, while forward folding, felt really good, could feel it hitting exactly the right places. I hope this is the key to make me progress on forward bending.
Feeling really grateful today of being on this journey, thank you Rachel!

hfarragh
hfarragh
February 16, 2022
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Amazing class! I learned a lot from Rachel in only thirty minutes and these adjustments will greatly improve my practice! The wrist stretches were especially helpful as someone on the computer a lot.

don
don
January 6, 2022
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This is a terrific session, thanks.

yogiAndermoser
yogiAndermoser
June 15, 2021
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Did this class as part of the 7-day Inversion Challenge and. now back again as part of 30-day Challenge. Love, love, love the clear, detailed, timely! cueing. Rachel explains everything so well. I love that I can listen to the cues and focus on my body alignment vs having to keep looking up at the screen to figure out the pose. Can't say enough good things about Rachel! Keep them coming, please! :)

WaywardAlchemist
WaywardAlchemist
April 2, 2021
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Thank you Rachel! I have enjoyed your classes for years (I'm a big fan of your cheery, soothing disposition & detailed instructions!). I'm really excited for this series--the first class was quite illuminating! Looking forward to improving with my inversions with you!..... <3

Jewels1
Jewels1
February 24, 2021
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Oh my goodness! Best class EVER for clear instructions, I didn't realize all the little alignment errors I have been making. Rachel, truly all your classes have that little extra feedback that I look for. It's so difficult to perfect your technique if no one is there to correct you. So thank you, great class, I'm sore but motivated to keep learning!
Namaste
J

kwebne01
kwebne01
February 21, 2021
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What a great class- not what I expected in a good way. Inversions are intimidating so that’s why I signed up. This worked on alignment and strengthening those little muscles you may not pay attention to. Excellent cueing
Thank you

Lucia A
Lucia A
February 19, 2021
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I have a question, I don’t know if it’s because I have hypermobility but whenever I’m on my arms I don’t know if the elbows should point backwards or sideways. I feel the movement somewhat awkward when bending them for chaturangas and especially when bearing weight for some inversions. I hope you can help!

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott
February 21, 2021
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AH! Good question! Don't worry so much about where your elbows are (I know we teachers sometimes cue to the elbows, but that's kinda a shortcut....) Focus on your hands and your shoulders. Are your hands rooted - especially index knuckle and fingertips? Are your shoulder blades stable and flush to your back (not winging or scrunched together)? If your shoulders and hands are well aligned, your elbows will go where they are supposed to. Does that make sense?

Time2Play
Time2Play
February 18, 2021
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I really enjoyed this class. It was challenging but you bring a brightness to the hard work. Thank you!

Rims
Rims
February 16, 2021
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thank you for the amazing and clear instructions. Looking forward to the achieving full inversion:)

GlassBeach
GlassBeach
February 15, 2021
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Oh I didn’t like that! Hardest class ever. When I extend arms out with a block and plug shoulders back, pinky working in, I can’t raise my arms at all. Something is “in the way.” And yes very weak. What if I extend out a tad? Then lose some integrity of plugging shoulders in? I’ll play with that more. Same with the block, working thighs in and back with the tilt of tailbone causes some shaky grief. Ha. But, also I sense a bit of a “cure” and healing for lower back pain! Great class, it’s such an emotional challenge to face weakness and discomfort! Love it. Ty.

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott
February 17, 2021
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It's SOOO hard! You're not alone. Hold a strap between your hands and take your arms wider...sometimes we can get shoulder impingement going straight up if things are tight in there!

lesslittle
lesslittle
February 15, 2021
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The best teacher ever! Your cues are perfect! Thank you! Cant wait for the rest of the challenge!

miriam_cisternas
miriam_cisternas
February 14, 2021
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Whether I actually ever make it to inversions or not, I will happily repeat this class many many times. Thank you Rachel!

sng4ever
sng4ever
February 14, 2021
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Great tutorial practice with CLEAR cues. Rachel is so wonderful at explaining placement of hands and feet. She is a gem!

ajlsinger
ajlsinger
February 14, 2021
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What a marvelous first class for this series! Really highlighted and worked those tiny muscles in the arms, hips, shoulders, and core that are so necessary for safe inversions. Can't wait to continue!

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February 14, 2021
Comment:

Loved the wrist work section, overall a great class. Rachael’s cues are clear and easy to understand. The twisting a pickle jar shut metaphor was perfect. Also really appreciate that Rachael always balances out each side of the body. For example in waterfall pose Rachael has you cross your arms in both directions. I’m a bit on the ASD spectrum and feeling this specific kind of balance makes my brain happy.

Jill Potratz
Jill Potratz
February 14, 2021
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No surprise, Rachel is the bomb! So good. Looking forward to the rest of the week!

Leahjoojoo
Leahjoojoo
February 17, 2021
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Brilliant! This class really challenged me to really engage those tiny long forgotten muscles which are needed for inversions. I’m so excited about where these classes will lead me in the next week! Rachel is awesome as always, with her very detailed explanations, and visualisations of pickle jars!