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Turning Inwards

Intermediate II

In this slow, deliberate practice, retreat into your inner sanctuary. Join Andrea and explore opening your inner thighs and hamstrings towards kurmasana, also known as turtle pose. Note: Feel free to use a blanket or block for knee support.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 5 of Cultivate Your Inner Teacher 14-Day Intermediate Yoga Challenge.

Turning Inwards Playlist (to be played with the class)

Click on playlist below and press play when the class begins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: You will need a subscription for access to Apple Music, and for music to play ad-free on Spotify and YouTube Music. You will also need to adjust the volume to your preference.

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Rpayne21B
Rpayne21B
January 5, 2022
Comment:

Amazing practice. I love your unique approach and would like to see more practices with you on the site. Thank you!

ewartluf
ewartluf
January 3, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
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I need to remember this class for before-bedtime yoga: I feel soooooo relaxed!!

sarah.mattox
sarah.mattox
November 21, 2021
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Andrea, this was so, so good. Thank you. I am deeply grateful to you and the universe for giving me exactly what I needed this morning.
Namaste

nadonado
nadonado
October 23, 2021
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Love the new poses and incredible upper back stretches. I hold my stress in my neck and shoulders, these deep upper back stretches help me unwind. Love the sideways practice and new poses. Thank you.

nadonado
nadonado
October 23, 2021
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Love the new poses and incredible upper back stretches. I hold my stress in my neck and shoulders, these deep upper back stretches help me unwind. Love the sideways practice and new poses. Thank you.

Yoga U
Yoga U
October 10, 2021
Fivestar Rating:
5
Comment:

Loved the wide legged sun salutes!

Gretchen
Gretchen
June 8, 2021
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This was really great for my tight hips. Thanks!

FairfaxYoga
FairfaxYoga
May 6, 2021
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Such a beautiful class, I really enjoyed it. A slower chance of pace, while still a bit of a challenge.

Rhett
Rhett
March 12, 2021
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Loved this class. I have never done turtle pose before and hadn’t done a lot of variations on poses Andrea taught in this class. Was refreshing and definitely shifted my perspective. One question- at the 7:29 minute mark when you tuck your arm under your leg I’m not really sure what the intent is in this pose. Should it be active and should I be pushing my shoulder and leg into one another or more passive? Thank you, really great class.

Fiji McAlpine
Fiji McAlpine
April 9, 2021
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Hi Ariel,

This is a great question. The intention of weaving the arm behing the knee is that you could gently lengthen the entire femur, and connective tissue attached, in two opposing directions. The arm pushes the knee forward, the hip is pulling slightly back. Does this make sense?

Fiji

Breathing
Breathing
February 27, 2021
Comment:

This is gorgeous. It's an intermediate practice that calms the nervous system and feels amazing, all in 30 minutes. It has become one of my favorite practices on the site. Thank you, Andrea.

SamanthaB
SamanthaB
February 15, 2021
Comment:

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!! Dear Andrea, thank you SOOOOO much for this absolutely amazing class. I literally cried tears of joy half way through because I couldn't even believe it was possible to feel so good! Wow. This was just beyond amazing. Thank you for your creativity, your guidance, and your own path as a teacher that has led to the creation of this class. This was my first class with you and I look forward to taking your other classes :) Namaste.

Xiaoai
Xiaoai
February 8, 2021
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Definitely a new perspective, good compliment to the ‘main stream’ vinyasa. I got sore legs happily after the class, amazing! Thanks, Andrea!

dscheurl
dscheurl
February 8, 2021
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Great class! Would love to see more from you Andrea! Especially 20-30 minute routines!

SMZalokar
SMZalokar
January 24, 2021
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This class was everything my body didn’t know it needed. Incredible feeling - so open. Thank you. Also - the design of your leggings is so lovely!

Lynwpetty
Lynwpetty
January 16, 2021
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Terrific class. Perfect end of day practice. Love the novel (to me) poses. Namaste and thank you.

margotkeyes
margotkeyes
January 13, 2021
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Quite a great innovative practice! I am thrilled to find Andrea on the DYWM team! Welcome and I look forward to practicing with her again!! :)

nadonado
nadonado
January 12, 2021
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Love Andrea's classes, fun and stretchy, there's definitely a joyful twist to the movements. Thank you.

crepuscule3142
crepuscule3142
January 6, 2021
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Great class and I enjoyed the new perspective, but not for those who are looking for a more traditional half hour of vinyasa yoga.

kimchi
kimchi
December 22, 2020
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I enjoyed the different perspective of this class (although I'm not flexible enough for the full expression of turtle pose!)

DazyBlue1975
DazyBlue1975
December 17, 2020
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I really enjoyed this class. It had several poses I hadn't done before and I got a lot out of it. It is one of my favories so far.

SoniaM
SoniaM
December 17, 2020
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Really loved this class. So refreshing to do things differently. Great stretches too. Thank you.

dixiemarie
dixiemarie
December 17, 2020
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First time with Andrea. I really love her style, pace, instruction. Will come back.

ama1031
ama1031
December 15, 2020
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I will absolutely come back to this class again. This was a great 30 minute to just be and stretch. I feel super peaceful and my neck and shoulders feel a bit of relief from all the pain which has been there recently. Thank you, Andrea!

LLove
LLove
December 14, 2020
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Thank you for this beautiful class. The music, the scenery, Andrea's clear presence, the poses all made for a deeply healing practice. My father died recently, and as I grieve him, I have felt the inward pull strongly. This class was exactly what I needed today. I will be revisiting it often during this time.

turnerck
turnerck
December 11, 2020
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Everything about this class was fresh and wonderful! Not the only different perspective on the mat, but different poses than I'm used to, kept my mind focused on the practice and my body and unable to wander as it often does when I'm more familiar with the sequence. Thanks Andrea!

LaurieL
LaurieL
December 10, 2020
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So enjoyed the different perspective on the mat. New sensations. Fun class!

Martina Berkova
Martina Berkova
December 9, 2020
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Andrea what a creative and refreshing practise for me, thank u so much. Feeling inwardness and stillness, new poses invited in my practise. Namaste

dukegal1213
dukegal1213
December 9, 2020
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This was a nice change of pace. I loved the change of perspective focus!

Sally White
Sally White
December 8, 2020
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I discovered Andrea last spring and loved her class! Love this one too!

sng4ever
sng4ever
December 7, 2020
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An interesting practice. Definitely different. Felt good!

MereYoga4Life
MereYoga4Life
December 6, 2020
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Beautiful and creative slow flow-I also had not tried a class with Andrea yet - she is lovely.

klenoble
klenoble
December 5, 2020
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I loved this practice. It was my first time practicing with Andrea and enjoyed it thoroughly--what a marvelous teacher! Thank you!

deborahcb
deborahcb
December 5, 2020
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I loved this. Loved the stretches and the pace and the time to sink in. Thank you so much!

judegreb
judegreb
December 4, 2020
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a wonderful new way to start the day, thank you

junarock
junarock
December 4, 2020
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What a deep and delicious change of pace. The music is just perfect, too.

LEH
LEH
December 4, 2020
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I had thought I'd drop out of the challenge to find a restorative practice, and there you were. Love the unusual (to me) poses; this was just what I needed this morning. Thank you.

LucyHB
LucyHB
December 4, 2020
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Great class! A refreshing change of pace, and nice hip openers - a reminder to myself that I must do more of Andrea's classes as they're not on my regular rota but I always enjoy them :-)