Bow Pose: Hip Flexor Release

Intermediate I
(155 Reviews)
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This class is part two in a 4-part series taking you to bow pose (dhanurasana). Moving on from what you learned in Bow Pose: Core Strength, Rachel alternates between a brisk hatha flow and a series of deep, long holds, warming the body up so you can release the hip flexors and the front of the pelvis, ultimately making it easier for your pelvis to tilt back and your body to move into a backbend. This class also has a peak pose, dancers (natarajasana) and will prepare you for the next classes in this series: Bow Pose: Open the Shoulders, and Bow Pose: Ready for the Peak!


  • None


  • Hips
  • Spine
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Backbends
  • Legs and Feet
  • Lower Back


  • Hatha Yoga
July 17, 2023

The class delivers on stretching the hip flexors with the added bonus of some strengthening and mobility of the muscles needed to reduce future hip flexor tightness.

The first few times I did this practice was tough - I had trouble keeping up. Now, I enjoy the fluidity of the movement.

July 10, 2022

Wow this class was amazing. Was feeling really sluggish but now after I’ve done this practice I feel stronger, alive and relaxed (since the blood is now flowing right where the blockage was). Thank you so much Rachel for your smooth guidance!