Peak Poses

ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS. Our peak pose challenges teach you how to safely and confidently move into yoga's most difficult poses. Each one is a series of two to five classes, designed to teach you how to acquire the strength, flexibility and balance that are needed to accomplish the peak pose. Our teachers will also help you understand the pose's subtleties, since a small shift in focus or technique can allow you to accomplish something you never thought you could.

Peak pose challenges are meant to be flexible, meaning you can do each class when it suits you and when it feels right. For example, you can do classes back-to-back on the same day or leave 2 or 3 days in between. It's totally up to you.

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Peak Pose: Dancer's with Fiji McAlpine

Intermediate 4 classes Fiji McAlpine
Fiji takes four classes to prepare your body for dancer's pose (natarajasana) by challenging your strength in a foot balance and opening your hip flexors, shoulders and spine so you can more easily move into this backbend. It's a wonderful standing pose that is a joy to do, because Fiji is such a wonderful guide.

Peak Pose: Flying Pigeon with Tracey Noseworthy

Advanced 3 classes Tracey Noseworthy
Flying pigeon pose (eka pada galavasana) is a challenging arm balance that requires a lot of flexibility in your hips and legs and a lot of strength in your shoulders, arms, core and legs. Tracey teaches you everything you need to accomplish this pose in these three classes, with style and a smile.

Peak Pose: Wheel with Tracey Noseworthy

Intermediate 2 classes Tracey Noseworthy
Wheel pose (chakrasana), also called upward facing bow pose (urdhva dhanurasana), is a deep backbend that requires the body to be warm, prepared and supple before attempting. Tracey does a great job of this in this 2-class series, preparing you in class 1, then opening the body more deeply in class 2 before attempting wheel pose near the end.

Peak Pose: Marichyasana I with David Procyshyn

Beginner 2 classes David Procyshyn
David helps you progress toward this wonderfully satisfying seated arm bind that requires significant flexibility in many areas, including your spine, lower back, hamstrings, shoulders and hips. He takes on each of these elements in two classes, warming your body and helping you accomplish Marichyasana I safely, with proper alignment.

Peak Pose: Bow with Rachel Scott

Intermediate 4 classes Rachel Scott
Learn how to do bow pose (dhanurasana) safely and effectively by following Rachel in this 4-part series that takes you through the essential aspects of bow pose, including strength, flexibility, spinal support and alignment. You'll learn a lot about how backbends should feel, how your body can open up gradually and how to practice from a strong, solid and relaxed place.

Peak Pose: Headstand with Crista Shillington

Intermediate 3 classes Crista Shillington
Headstand pose (sirsasana) is challenging and dangerous, since you are bearing your full weight on your head and neck. To do it safely, it is crucial to establish the strength and flexibility that you need to move into the full pose, hold it and move out with ease and control. Crista teaches you everything in clear detail and in a gradual progression that is easy to follow.

Peak Pose: Forearm Balance with Fiji McAlpine

Intermediate 4 classes Fiji McAlpine
Fiji takes her mat to the forest as she helps you find the strength, flexibility and focus to attempt forearm balance (pincha mayurasana). You'll find that the progression builds from gentle to more challenging, from surface work to accessing deep tension and strength. You will love this peak pose challenge and you may just do forearm balance for the very first time!

Peak Pose: Snail with Satiya Channer

Intermediate 2 classes Satiya Channer
The pace and Satiya's energy make this peak pose challenge a lovely experience. She takes time to deepen the practice, safely moving you through a gentle hatha and yin-like flow, toward a pose that is a deep forward fold and a great stretch for the lower back, hips and legs - called snail pose (karnapidasana).

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