Intermediate Vinyasa Flow Video
Intermediate Vinyasa Flow

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Intermediate Vinyasa Flow

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An intermediate Vinyasa class by Smart Yoga guru Jesse Enright.

In this invigorating vinyasa flow class, Enright emphasizes anatomical education to empower practitioners with a love and respect for the amazing design of the human body. You’ll move slowly and meticulously through movements often glazed over by many intermediate teachers, refining your technique and approach to the practice.

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Janekatm, posted on June 6, 2015

I loved this too. Challenging, mindful. I stopped Ashtanga recently after a year due to chronic low back pain. Though this was a similar flow, I'm absolutely fine & pain-free the morning after. Fabulous instruction & I actually felt a lift up in Bakasana for the 1st time!

ziggyziggler, posted on May 27, 2015

I loved this. It complimented the Troy Hadeed video about moving slowly and deliberately. While this vinyasa flow didn't go super slow, it didn't rush through the asanas either. Perfect! Challenging but doable with frequent reminders to put safety first.

lissi, posted on February 17, 2015

Very nice practice most of the time. Don't quite understand why you never in the practice instructed a more ordinary chaturanga into upward dog. Find it much harder on the shoulders to first descend flat onto the floor and then go into an upward dog ? Also I noted that the knees were bent went going from upward dog back into downward dog . That I guess was to protect the lower back ?

clichy60, posted on January 1, 2015

I did this practice on the morning of January 1 2015. What a great way to start the new year. What I liked about Jesse's class was that he stayed in the poses...especially
the hip opening asanas more than 5 breathes. I find many of the classes on this site rush through the asanas in the Vinyassa classes. What is challenging for me is to hold them and breath...Merci Jesse all the way from Provence , France on this cold but sunny New Year Morning!

silvia.almanza.alonso, posted on October 10, 2014

I really enjoyed this class. It is the first long Vinyasa class I've done in Gaiam and I was not disappointed at all. Thanks Jesse

yogalinakatie, posted on September 26, 2014

Thank you so much for this lovely, strong, nurturing practice Jesse. I would love to practice more with you and learn more from you. Do you have any workshops or retreats coming up in the near future? Looking forward to studying with you soon:)

andrijcichsarah, posted on July 14, 2014

thank you, great class!

arsondude, posted on September 21, 2013

Thank you Jessie. You inspire me to work with my practice everyday.

cerihiggins, posted on January 29, 2013

Absolutely agree with you Jesse - so so good to find a well paced and deeper yoga practice on this site! Thanks!

Apw, posted on December 22, 2012

@jesseenright I d be interested to know about the other 4 reasons for a slow and precise practice. Personally and from my intuition a slower practice usually feels much better than a fast one, that s why I probably started out with the Sivananda tradition. However, your Vinyasa classes are actually the first ones that I enjoy so much that I don t even get bored practicing them almost daily (hello globalization! It would have been impossible for me to discover you a couple of years ago ;-) They are very helpful to me, not only as a yoga teacher but especially as a student who aims at preserving a healthy body at least until my 150th birthday not in spite of yoga but because of the practice.

laurenwyatt, posted on December 16, 2012

Loved this!

jesseenright, posted on November 18, 2012

@ApwThank you so much for your feedback :) As a teacher I often struggle with the same dilemma.... students and teachers who move quickly with little care or awareness only to wind up injured and discouraged down the line. I have faiththat we are growing and maturing as a very young yoga community relatively speaking and that intelligence and sensitivity will prevail. Perhaps these words of encouragement will help..These are my 5 Important Reasons that in my opinion..( which I support with sound anatomical as well as energetic and "traditional" references and data)...vinyasa must be done slowly and with precision, for it to be both safe and ultimately beneficial. Here's Reason #1/ Going slowly makes you strong! - Vinyasa yoga is not like running or swimming in which it takes more energy or strength to move quickly. The type of muscular effort that we put out is primarily postural/stabilizing or eccentric, meaning our muscles are not so much engaged in acceleration, they're engaged in deceleration. That is to say, that during a vinyasa yoga practice our muscles do most of their work in complex chains to maintain postural stability prevent collapse or movement within a posture or movement and/or they work to slow a movement (e.g. plank to chaturanga dandasana) While we do engage in some concentric muscular action which produces movement... as you'll see in the other 4 reasons ..rapid movement does far more harm than good. It doesn't take a yoga master to realize that going slow is much more challenging but for many reasons...much, much more benficial than a rushed and as a result often careless and potentially dangerous approach. And for the "traditionalists' out there... I began my studies in a strict Ashtanga Vinyasa community and I was taught that both the inhale and exhale should last 10 seconds each. Try that next time you practice and I think you'll experience the true meaning of "power yoga" :) If you're curious about the other 4 reasons... just reply and I'll send you some more. But rest assured that you are on the right track. I initially began to slow my practice not for any well thought out scientific explanation of it's benefits... I did it because once I had the good fortune to study with teachers that I would consider 'masters" in both their physical prowess and their otherwordly grace and sensitivity... I noticed one thing they all had in common: They all moved incredibly slow, with great attention and incredible physical intelligence.. There was a lot going on in their bodies and within the postures ... and they weren't missing a thing :) So I thought if I wanted to learn ewhat they knew... It might be wise to practice as they did. To be honest I found it incredibly challenging to move slowly and stay within the postures, but at this point I was so injured by the aggressive quantity over quality approach, that I was willing to try anything.... and it wasn't long before my entire experience transformed.... from one of a race or chore or set of amateur gymnastic "tricks" into a deeply pleasurable internal awakening and massage. You simply cannnot go wrong honouring your body and your personal process and I for one, commend you :)

lwillard, posted on July 14, 2016

Love your classes and hope you continue to add more. I've done 10 of them already!. I had a question re: the transition between upward dog to downward dog. I've done it both ways i.e. bending the knees - child pose to down dog and a more direct flow with no bending of the knees, leading with the pelvic/sits bones to down dog. Which is more anatomically correct and better for shoulder health?

KristenL@Gaia, posted on July 14, 2016


Thank you for commenting! We are so glad to hear that you're enjoying Jesse's classes :)

Both transitions are correct! I would suggest listening to your body and choosing the transition that serves you best each time. To help your shoulders, squeeze your elbows close to your body and roll your shoulder blades down your back to open the chest and keep length through your neck. Hope this helps!

Thank you for practicing with Gaia!


Apw, posted on November 18, 2012

Loved how Jesse introduces different progressions, preparing the body for an advanced practice. Also, from a physiological point of view he logically offers little counter positions every now and then and precise steps how to get deeper into an asana without overdoing it.

I especially appreciated that he takes the time to go through different "smaller" steps (like using the blocks in order to master the vinyasa) because then I may follow along as a student. I often encountered the problem in other intermediate classes, that the teacher just mentions different options but then chooses the fastest and most advanced one and I eventually always stay behind, progressing at a very slow rate only.

energiayoga, posted on October 15, 2012

Nice compliment to my Mysore practice. Did not use the blocks, not a fan. Good, clear teaching voice.

bvarda, posted on September 2, 2012

Good but too much emphasis on the ground without enough vinyasa at the top - for me.

lisayoga, posted on July 3, 2012

Not my favorite, Too much use of the blocks. I couldn't stay in the flow of the practice because of that. Besides that, there were a lot of vinyasa's between the ground poses. That also didn't help. It's a pity, the teaching is great and the music very calming

Mightyluna, posted on April 26, 2012

Hmmm, After reading the great reviews, I was excited going into the practice but am dissappointed and did not enjoy this practice at all. It was rather slow moving for me and it didn't feel like a very balanced practice.

LucieBoo, posted on September 30, 2011

Jesse is an amazing teacher. But he's even better in person, as his best skill is hands-on posture correction.

brunnerallison, posted on September 18, 2011

Great workout for upper arm strength at an intermediate level (arms are shaking!). Great session...I just would recommend slightly more lower body strength workout and a bit more side twisting (triangle pose). Otherwise, it's well worth the 75 min, and I feel a much deeper connection with my inner self and feel much more grounded and quiet in my mind. Thanks, and namaste.

MiriamPerrier, posted on June 28, 2011


mariliamello, posted on April 21, 2011

Your movements are perfect! you have a special way of teaching yoga
Thank you!

NataliaPink, posted on January 8, 2011

Oh yeah!!! I felt led to this video today, completed it in its entirety and loved it. Thank you! This was the first class that used blocks; now I'm excited to try :) Our instructors voice was soothing, with easy to follow instructions. I now feel calm, centered and open. Even the blocks in my shoulders have decreased: Namaste <3

Toodlepip, posted on November 9, 2010

Great class. Some of the moves are a bit beyond me just yet but what a great challenge to work towards. Excellent instruction and pacing. Love it.

Christina0791, posted on November 8, 2010

I loved the pacing plus precision - with some classes that emphasize form, you sometimes end up in a pose for way too long while explanation is going on and on... this one you get to move through and still pay attention to your placement, alignment etc. Really helped me focus!

Linzosaurus, posted on October 23, 2010

I loved this class. The narration is great, the background music helps keep your breath steady, and Jesse gives multiple options for the poses to match different skill levels.

r3l5c9, posted on August 6, 2010

This is the second time I do it and I love, love, love it!
It's fast paced, relaxing and in the end I felt extemely acomplished!

gaijin, posted on July 25, 2010

this was a fast paced challenging one for me! I actually worked up a sweat. I felt very relaxed at the end. I will have to do this one again. Some of the moves were a little advanced for me, but I liked it.

christopherwdaley, posted on June 29, 2010

This is a very good, challenging workout. The pace and repetition of the workout is really helpful. The narration is strong for the most part. At times, it could be more clear about transitions (particularly early in the workout while I was getting used to this instructor's style).

alunamoth, posted on June 24, 2010

I love the music in the background that helps to keep your breath on an even rhythm. Great for the hips. I'll be doing this again!

jdh5813, posted on June 15, 2010

Terrfic practice! Loved it! Worked perfectly in my hotel room.

yogacatgirl, posted on June 9, 2010

Too much for me!!

marika_2, posted on June 4, 2010

I love this video--well paced, flowing. Thank you

JulieW, posted on May 23, 2010

Really meant for Intermediate. Good class.

Anonymous, posted on May 20, 2010

A fabulous, safe class that is a good pace for everyone. Thankyou xxx

kalimama, posted on May 15, 2010

I really enjoyed this class, most especially the very deliberate pacing that allowed for better time for alignment.

sedonanrg, posted on May 12, 2010

I LOVE this class. I'll be doing it regularly. Thank you're awesome

dtpbach, posted on May 11, 2010

Finally! More Jesse. Thank you My Yoga Online.

manda3104, posted on May 8, 2010

that was really amazing!!! thank you

Anonymous, posted on May 8, 2010

Terrific hip opener class ---

bpinto, posted on May 6, 2010

jessie , do you realize that you are such a great teacher, so easy to understand, and a charming voice makes my morning exhilarating. thanks a million. namasthe. blanche

jhussein, posted on May 1, 2010

It works great!!

glassylyn, posted on May 1, 2010

Yah, Jesse! I've been waiting for a new class from you! Thank you!

pauline.chow, posted on September 6, 2014

Expected it to be a bit faster but was exactly what I needed, slower and more grounded practice. Thanks!

kellybangerter, posted on May 17, 2014

I loved it!

kellybangerter, posted on May 17, 2014

I loved it!

daphne719, posted on April 14, 2014

I expected this, as a vinyasa practice, to flow more. The practice moves slowly for an intermediate series.

Alicia3733, posted on March 21, 2014

This is a great vinyasa flow yoga practice. Many interesting poses and great narrative throughout the practice. This is almost more of a physiology class than yoga spiritual practice. That makes it educational and helps you understand your body better. Thank you for this addition to GaiamTV.

janiswiggy, posted on March 18, 2014

The one creative aspect to this class is a transition using blocks from staff pose to down dog. For an intermediate flow the class is boring--mainly because of the teachers lack of emotion --but also it is repetitious and not creative, provides no inspiration. Very disappointed

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