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Empower Your Boundaries

Intermediate I
Instructor:

Rachel takes you through a more challenging sun salutation, focusing on alignment principles and breath. Her clarity, precision and good nature will help you through this class, and you may learn a few things too!

Equipment:
  • Strap
  • Block
Intensity:
  • Vigorous Yoga
Style:
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Yoga for Back Care

Comments

Existing Comments

Jamvjm
Jamvjm
May 26, 2018
Comment:

This was a bit more challenging for me but I did almost everything. She explained the moves so that made it easier for me. Maybe after I conquer this, it's time to move to the next level? Nice job!

animir
animir
March 17, 2018
Comment:

It's a bit hard for true begginers, but it s a nice stepstone you have to master before considering yourself something else than a beginner! So in my opinion it s like an exam, if you can't master this class you re still a beginner :-) and that's ok!
Thanks a lot!!!

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
March 3, 2018
Comment:

Simply wonderful. So nice to go deeper into basic poses and engage more areas I was not activating. I love learning more amd more. Thank you.

Sei Sen
Sei Sen
February 12, 2018
Comment:

Feeling sometimes pain in the hips after yoga practices, I was very happy to do this class - and be more aware of my other muscles' support. Will definitively be more attentive to this from now on! I am following the Ongoing Intermediate Program (I recommend the programs to everyone, it's really amazing how you can progress with these) and I found Rachel's class easy, clear and just challenging enough. Namaste :)

mccannjl
mccannjl
January 27, 2018
Comment:

just way too hard for a beginner. I had to quit halfway through. Disappointed. :(

kavitadrake
kavitadrake
January 26, 2018
Comment:

I'm sure this is a wonderful class for a bit later. But having just gone through all the previous beginner classes, this was a HUGE jump. There should probably be another step before this. This was way too fast-paced, and it introduced the names of new poses without explanation, which means I was looking at the screen trying to figure out what was going on, instead of just letting my body move. I will likely come back to this later, but for now I'm going to look for something slower for a beginner.

Thanks for all the work you yogis do! I've already improved my chronic hip pain by great bounds, and I'm eager to more fully embrace being an embodied soul.

Reineira
Reineira
January 23, 2018
Comment:

Fantastic and challenging class. I will have to do it again and again. Thank you so much Rachel.

john gibb
john gibb
January 13, 2018
Comment:

Great teaching Rachel! I'm a super newbie, I've been playing around with Yoga and I'm dedicating 2018 to educating myself. Your class is a great start! Thank you so much for your teaching!
John

AhmetKızıltan
AhmetKızıltan
January 8, 2018
Comment:

Hello Rachel thank you for this nice class. I want to ask a question. Is it normal to have a little lower back pain after one day from exercise?
Before I had a similar lower back pain after David's another class and it was one day long and gone after one day.

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott
January 8, 2018
Comment:

Hi Ahmet, while it is normal to experience sensation after physical activity, it's important to evaluate what kind of pain you are feeling. Muscle soreness is normal (it usually fades in 1-3 days) and may indicate that you are simply exercising muscles in a new way. However, sharp pain may be a sign that something isn't being worked properly. I may also suggest that low back aggravation could suggest a weaker core. You may check out the Core Primer series on DYWM for a couple days and see how you feel :)

nipper
nipper
November 14, 2017
Comment:

This class required great focus and attention. The instructions were exquisite and the results were my ability to tune into poses in a way that gave me more poise and stability. Much gratitude Rachel!

annedyne
annedyne
October 1, 2017
Comment:

This class echoed and extended many of the things I learned yesterday in the last of a series of amazing beginners classes at a very well-regarded local studio. It was a great 'day after' reminder - and a real workout. This is definitely going into the book-marked list!

aprincy
aprincy
August 31, 2017
Comment:

Thank you for the lovely class; this was just the thing for bringing focus and intention into my regular sun salutations!

sarakoenig
sarakoenig
August 29, 2017
Comment:

Wow. Wonderful class - and such precise instruction. It was like Rachel knew exactly what adjustments I needed. Fantastic class.

jillthepill
jillthepill
June 11, 2017
Comment:

I'm so glad David suggested this class. I may have done it once before when I started with DYWM. Now I'm transitioning to some more challenging classes, and this is a perfect pathway between my beginner and intermediate practice. Flawless instruction with clear descriptions and visual demo's that sustain the flow without chopping it up. What a knowledgeable and gifted teacher Rachel is, thank you. I found ANOTHER favourite doyogawithme class.

loretje
loretje
January 4, 2017
Comment:

It's amazing how you can train your muscles!
In school I learn how to reach a balance between mind and body and these exercises really help.

loretje
loretje
January 4, 2017
Comment:

It's amazing the way you can train your muscles.
In school I learn how to reach a balance in mind and body and these exercises really help.

JudithAnne
JudithAnne
November 6, 2016
Comment:

I used muscles I didn't know I had! And now I know why I had hit a bit of a plateau in my practice. It's so important to approach every practice with a beginner's mind.

Trudywalker5@gmail.com
Trudywalker5@gmail.com
August 25, 2016
Comment:

Such good instructions about using the inner body bones and muscles your knowledge is very helpful and really makes me think about what I should be doing instead of just going through the motions
I will share this one and also put it on one of my favourites
Peace and love

suzyturner
suzyturner
April 25, 2016
Comment:

OMG this class is amazing! I've got seriously tight hips and this morning, afer doing this class, they feel so much better. I'll definitely be coming back for more! Thank you so very much Rachel and Do Yoga With Me. You're AWESOME!! <3
Namaste
Suzy x

Catefish
Catefish
March 21, 2016
Comment:

I don't really consider myself a beginner anymore, but now I know I've needed this class for a loooong time. I found lots of corrections in my form (and in the muscle groups I've been making relentless demands of). Rachel is utterly delightful, and this session really was a joy. I'm so glad to have come across this, thank you!

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott
March 30, 2016
Comment:

Hi there!
I am so glad that you found this helpful! It's such juicy fun to tap into those little muscles that we don't always have access to :)

Jallison93
Jallison93
February 26, 2016
Comment:

What a great class! I feel like I really learned a lot. I also loved the sequence of this video, I was wondering if anyone knew of classes on here with similar sequence to encorporate all I've learned!!?

MariamS
MariamS
February 17, 2016
Comment:

I love the way you explain the steps. It makes me aware of so much more in each pose and the class also has a great flow to it. I felt a lot stronger in each pose just because of how much more engaged the legs are (because of your attention to detail). Thank you!

KKitzrow77
KKitzrow77
February 2, 2016
Comment:

Even though this is a beginner class, it does an excellent job at pinpointing important muscles that can be overlooked in fast paced vinyasa flow. I really enjoyed the class and will definitely come back to it when I want to refocus my alignment and toning!

VickyT
VickyT
November 23, 2015
Comment:

Outstanding class! After three months of doping dywm programms i was finally capable of following up Rachel's rythm! Very dynamic!
Thanks Rachel!

Alexis McFate
Alexis McFate
August 11, 2015
Comment:

This was such a wonderful class experience. I so appreciate Rachel going outside the box and creating so much awareness in the ways in which we can move our bodies. It is not always something that comes naturally, to understand the small ways our muscles support us and how we can use intention to really engage them. I appreciate this class so much!!

Shanson
Shanson
June 2, 2015
Comment:

Really tested my strength but this class will be great to do in another few months when I am fully acclimated to yoga. Still working on it, made my legs shake really good though!

chayarezzo
chayarezzo
May 16, 2015
Comment:

Great introduction or refresher for learning the bandhas!
Namaste

CampHillGal
CampHillGal
March 10, 2015
Comment:

I've been doing yoga for about 2 months and this was a good class to work on my alignment. Thank you!

shaydizzle
shaydizzle
February 24, 2015
Comment:

HOLY COW! After many years of professional ballet, I have developed impingement of both the right and left hips and am on track for hip surgery. THIS IS THE ONLY THING THAT HAS EVER MADE MY HIPS FEEL BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

I seriously want to cry out of happiness

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott
May 30, 2015
Comment:

Hi there! I know I'm late to the commenting party, but I just wanted to connect to tell you how happy I am that the class has helped your hips. It's such a relief when you can find some space from chronic pain. All my best.

Becky in TX
Becky in TX
February 5, 2015
Comment:

I also do intermediate classes, but wanted to try a class with Rachel. I'm so glad I did. This really helped me be more thoughtful about poses that otherwise I take for granted. I really appreciate the concentrated attention to specific muscles. And, thanks for the reminder to move a little left or right to get that "juicy" hip opening at the end; I needed that. Many thanks to Rachel

geoff604
geoff604
January 3, 2015
Comment:

I really like Rachel Scott's classes, and am very grateful that she is sharing her talents here on DoYogaWithMe. I really enjoyed doing this class today, and found it to be a good workout because of all the "Downward Dog" poses. A great practice and I feel well stretched and energized after the class. I also like how she allows us to cool down at the end with the poses on our front and back lying on the mat. Namaste!!

Tissigirl
Tissigirl
November 3, 2014
Comment:

This was my first workout from the website and it was just what I was looking for. I have dabbled in yoga off and on for several years, and just started practicing it regularly just over a month ago. I'm not yet ready for intermediate classes, but I needed a workout that would challenge my strength and balance a little more. This workout really helped me to further refine the poses I have been practicing as well as introduce a few new ones to start working on.

Zer yoga
Zer yoga
October 25, 2014
Comment:

This was my first class and it was awesome. Clear instructions, calm pace and thoroughly enjoyable, thank you!

RoryLentil
RoryLentil
July 15, 2014
Comment:

I have super tight hips and legs and this was a perfect reintroduction to yoga after a long hiatus. I think the cues and alignment tips will be helpful in other classes as I get back into yoga, and I'm grateful for the class!

juniperblue
juniperblue
June 22, 2014
Comment:

I'm coming back from a running injury, and part of my recovery involves getting my inner and outer hip muscles to activate. This class is a perfect supplement to my physical therapy exercises. I've already followed this video at least five times, and I really do feel a difference in how I am moving and supporting myself on and off the mat. Thank you for offering this class!

Paradise-Girl
Paradise-Girl
June 19, 2014
Comment:

The practice was great. It was first time with Rachel and she is good teacher. My only concern is when normally the camera is only on 1 corner, this time it was showing too many angles and i got lost from time to time whenever i wanted to check if i was doing the pose right. I don't know how it is for the others, but for me it was a lil bit confusing.

Prilly
Prilly
June 18, 2014
Comment:

I have been away from yoga for almost 5 years now, though used to have an advanced practice. This was my first class back and what an amazing walk back through the fundamentals and definitely working muscles I had long since forgotten about. I am excited now to get back in to a routine and will definitely be looking for more of Rachel's classes! Thank you so much for these!

lomoraes
lomoraes
June 11, 2014
Comment:

I usually do intermediate classes only. But today I felt like doing something lighter, and since I love Rachel's style, I tried this one.

It's perfect! You don't push yourself too hard, but yet you get lots of sensations in muscles you don't usually stretch.

anikaogle
anikaogle
June 5, 2014
Comment:

I really enjoyed this class because it utilized different muscles that I haven't used in a while and allowed me to understand how to properly engage my hip muscles within the movements used.