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Level 2/3
90 min

Anchor and Focus

Hatha | By Noah Mazé on Mar 25 2012
This class uses a strength approach to backbends, culminating in standing up from full wheel (urdhva dhanurasana) and dropping back from mountain pose (tadasana) into full wheel.


This class uses a strength approach to backbends, culminating in standing up from full wheel (urdhva dhanurasana) and dropping back from mountain pose (tadasana) into full wheel.


  • Brooke Stokes     Mar 24th, 2014
    Thank you Noah. The tailbone anchoring emphasis really made me focus on that so much and it gave me a lot more stability in dropping back and standing up. Radical <3
    • Noah Maze     Apr 10th, 2014
      That's wonderful Brooke! The tailbone anchoring is key to dropping back and standing up. Glad it made a difference for you! Namaste~
  • Rafael Kr     Oct 3rd, 2013
    GreT. Thanks
    • Noah Maze     Apr 10th, 2014
      You're welcome Rafael! Thanks for taking class. - :)
  • lena dolter     Aug 3rd, 2013
    Freaking Awesome, Noah! Can't wait until next weekend when you are here in St. Louis!
    • Noah Maze     Aug 12th, 2013
      Great to see you at Southtown Yoga Lena! I'm so glad we get to do yoga together online and in-person!
  • Huda Mussa     Jun 2nd, 2013
    Noah. You are the king of backbends and advanced Hatha yoga classes where you aloow the practioner to play the edge. Your classes on yogaglo are classics and my all time favorites. I keep on doing them over and over again. The thing I am trying to overcome in my dropbacks is bending the kees before I hit the ground. I just freeze.
    • Noah Maze     Aug 12th, 2013
      Ah, thank you Huda, that is really great to hear. I am so glad the online medium is such an effective way to learn and practice. As far as dropbacks go, go to the depth that you can, take a few breaths there, and stand back up. Learn to pause at the limit of your capacity, rather than freeze, and you will develop greater ability to work at that limit.
  • Alison Smith     Apr 20th, 2013
    Love this class! I thought it was paced perfectly. And I really enjoyed the progression from the Kapotasana variation to Stand-Up to Drop-Back. Brilliant as always Noah!
    • Noah Maze     Apr 23rd, 2013
      Awesome, thanks Alison. I'm so glad this was effective for you. Happy backward bending! :)
  • Sara Strother     Feb 13th, 2013
    I'm all over this butt toning business. As a bendy girl, this has helped relieve a lot of issues in all categories of postures. Thanks for bringing it up.
    • Noah Maze     Apr 23rd, 2013
      Yup, it is much needed to stabilize. Great to 'see' you online, and I look forward to seeing you in person soon. xo
  • Monica Henderson     Dec 15th, 2012
    Noah: thank you! First time I was EVER able to come into a back bend from standing and vice versa. You are truly a mentor to the community! I'm one of those yogis that needs the "knit the ribs" together reminder. Excellent awareness and cueing of what we need to prep mentally and physically in order to ground and focus.
    • Noah Maze     Apr 23rd, 2013
      Monica, thank you so much! That is an awesome breakthrough, and I'm so glad to be a part of your yoga journey. namaste~
  • Marie Green     May 24th, 2012
    Awsome again, as always!
    Thank You!
  • Diane Cooley     Apr 29th, 2012
    Hi Noah: I just want to say I love your classes (all varieties). I'm pretty much a vinyasa/power yoga person but I've been experimenting with your anusara, and now hatha, videos and I love them. You are an amazing teacher. Tonight I stood up from a backbend three times--I have never done this unassisted before! Thank you! Namaste. Diane
  • Raymond Mohrman     Apr 29th, 2012
    Big smile after that one. Thanks for clarification on the "toned" butt!! aloha
  • Tasja Fox     Apr 26th, 2012
    Thoroughly enjoyed this class and your giggles. Thanks Noah!
  • Tara Michelle     Apr 12th, 2012
    awesome awesome awesome!
    feel grounded and clear and stoked
    i like the spanda of poses and tailbone prowess is where it's at :)
    and you, Noah - make me smile
    mahalo nui !
  • Gayle Jann     Apr 9th, 2012
    Great class Noah. My back feels fantastic. I still cannot quite stand up from a backbend and when I do a drop back there is a bit of free fall at the end.

    Do you think I need more core strength or more open shoulders or better technique? Any suggestions appreciated. I hope to see you in person someday.
  • Jeanette Darbyshire     Apr 7th, 2012
    Wow Noah - that really did require focus! I'm actually quite proud of myself for staying with all the timed postures and really taking on board all the detailed instruction. Thanks so much for another excellent class.
  • Noah Maze     Apr 4th, 2012
    Evelyn and Nargiza, you are welcome. Evelyn, yes, I can absolutely put up more restorative classes.
  • nargiza farrell     Mar 31st, 2012
    Thank you, Noah, for this yummy class! Loved it! You are an amazing teacher; one of my favorite actually! Can't wait to meet you in person in TX this May.
  • Noah Maze     Mar 29th, 2012
    Thanks Chandra. That is a good idea! Coming soon to a computer near you...
  • Sandra Zurita     Mar 28th, 2012
    thanks for this wonderful class, noah! i love backbends and hip openers, and for a while i have been wanting to ask you if you could design a class based on SITTING hip openers. i stand all day long, and would love a practice in which i get to sit and do some hip openers & forward bends for 60 minutes or so.
    thanks so much!!
  • Noah Maze     Mar 28th, 2012
    Thanks Tara and Dilek!
  • Tara Martell     Mar 28th, 2012
    Amazing class Noah!!! Thank you I am anchored and focused ready to shine on~
  • Dilek Dilek     Mar 25th, 2012
    Less Bikram more Noah.