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Can I take an intermediate class?

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I just wanted to reach out a little bit around the Intermediate classes on the schedule and discuss a little bit about why they are there, and why anyone might want to take an intermediate class. So I am going to share with you a personal story.
I can remember taking my first intermediate class ever, I was so very intimidated. I had been working and living overseas in Kazakhstan and had been mainly practicing yoga online by myself in my little 8×8 cubicle of a room on the mine site (there were no yoga studios). I was regularly practicing 5-6 days a week.
The details get a bit fuzzy, but I am pretty sure it was just before my 200 hour, as I remember going to One Yoga for the People http://oneyogaforthepeople.ca  and taking an Intermediate Power Vinyasa class with Meghan Currie (it must have been before my 200 hour) https://www.meghancurrieyoga.com and essentially feeling like WTF (what the fuck)!! I remember it was a struggle for me to breathe, to keep up, to do the arm balances, like Maksikanagasana (Dragonfly pose) and I had never done Ardha Chandrasana Chapasana before. Not only had I never done some of the poses, but I had also never really practiced some of the pranayama offered or the more subtle/energetic practices – bandhas, etc. Needless to say I was totally exhausted at the end of the 90 minutes, both physically and mentally, in addition to being completely humbled.
Being humbled is a great place to build your practice from. My first intermediate class, served to really putting my ego in check and it showed me that there was so much more that the practice could offer me, that my growth, both physical and spiritual was just beginning. It wasn’t a class that I started going to daily by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a class that I did start going to timidly once a week or once every two weeks. Bravely asking myself to show up more for myself. To challenge myself and to learn, to be open to the unknown. This is what the practice of yoga is about, this showing up. The willingness to challenge oneself, to open to the unknown and to admit that we don’t know.
I am not suggesting that these classes are for everyone, however, what I am saying is that if you have had a regular practice for the last while and are looking to expand beyond what is being offered in the regular classes and be challenged, take the leap of faith and attend an intermediate class.
These classes also greatly helped me to improve my practice, both on and off the mat. So perhaps next time the only class that fits into your schedule is the intermediate class go and see what happens . . . the future is not known.