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Deep Hip Opening Flow

Beginner II

This wonderfully thorough hatha yoga flow digs deep into the tension in the hips, legs and back, moving you through a gradual build-up to more challenging poses as the class progresses. Melissa maintains a calm energy, gentle pacing and difficulty level that is accessible to most students, although this would be considered as a more challenging beginner class.

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ValerieH
ValerieH
May 29, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
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Beautiful class. Always a pleasure to do your classes. Definitely one to do again. Thank you.

MartiTurlington
MartiTurlington
May 9, 2022
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I love this class. Its one of my go to classes. You are a wonderful instructor. Thank you so much!

Ang
Ang
March 10, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
Comment:

Amazing...

GAIASOURCED
GAIASOURCED
February 20, 2022
Fivestar Rating:
5
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Hips feel so much better, thank you!

Gitti
Gitti
April 4, 2021
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Lovely! I really liked the structure and the pace of this class. Thanks Melissa. Yeah and I did the half moon pose without cheating!

Nicki0032
Nicki0032
March 17, 2021
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One of my fav Melissa classes! I do this one often!

uaa
uaa
January 27, 2021
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Nice class, but will be really helpful if you could say left and right foot rather than one foot and other foot. Sometimes I end up doing the same side twice :)

Sooz03927
Sooz03927
January 10, 2021
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I've been practicing at home since March and I have been looking for classes that replicate the basic flow classes I used to do at my studio, with triangle, warriors, etc. This is a good one for me!

MaryRose Metcalfe
MaryRose Metcalfe
November 17, 2020
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Thanks Melissa. I love this nice long juicy practice with all the variety. Your pace gives me time to change things up a bit if I want more of a challenge with certain poses.

Sure wish we were in Mexico. It's -24 here today.

oakhazel
oakhazel
November 8, 2020
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I revisit this lesson as part of a 7 day challenge. As always, love this lesson and your classes. Thank you.

kaescot
kaescot
October 17, 2020
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Thanks!Just the right amount of challenge and rest for me. Extended your Shivasana time and got in my mediation for the day. Double bonus!!

Gitti
Gitti
October 11, 2020
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Great structure of this class. I will surely repeat this many more times. Not just only a hip but also an eye opener. What a gentle way to bring me in finally in a pigeon pose as it should be. Thanks.

PianoWire
PianoWire
August 19, 2020
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Thank you for providing adaptations for those of us who aren't flexible! Would you please suggest one more? From low lunge, I can't straighten my front leg while keeping my hands on the floor near the front foot. Three alternatives come to mind:
1) Walk hands along the mat to the hips as I straighten the front leg (torso upright)
2) Leave the front leg bent (just slightly straighter than lunge) with hands on the floor near the front foot
3) As I straighten the front leg, position two blocks on end (for my hands) behind the front knee

Your advice?

Melissa Krieger
Melissa Krieger
August 20, 2020
Comment:

Hi! Those are all great alternatives! I would always say keep the knee/knees bent whenever you need to in any yoga posture (low lunge, forward folds, downward dog) to let the hamstrings release a bit more so you have more space. And blocks are so great! Use them however it's helpful. A combo of 2 and 3 would work really well. 1 might be a tricky if you hands are on the hips as opposed to the mat (or blocks) as its tough to balance and takes away from the stretch. Does that make sense? Let me know if you have more questions!

PianoWire
PianoWire
August 21, 2020
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Thanks Melissa! I've most often used option 1, in which I walk my hands back along the mat as far as I need to straighten the front leg. In this position, I'm sitting on the back heel with front leg straight and hands on the mat. It certainly provides a strong stretch, but it may not be stretching what's intended.

aleksandra a.
aleksandra a.
June 17, 2020
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Thank you Melissa, I really enjoyed the pace and the sequence. I felt calm as I was able to really focus on my breath and notice what my body is doing. You do just the right amount of talking. Great class.

ShesARainbow
ShesARainbow
May 5, 2020
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I am never disappointed with a class led by Melissa. This was a nice challenge for this beginner, but I was able to achieve it! I really appreciate your cueing, especially for more challenging poses that some bodies need to modify.

terilhh
terilhh
February 22, 2020
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Nicely done. Very nice queuing and just the right amount of talking :D Nice hip opening sequence.

dove411@icloud.com
dove411@icloud.com
January 20, 2020
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Thank You Melissa for this amazing class and sequencing! I loved it and was really able to follow along and enjoy the class due to the pace and your great guidance! It is now a “Favorite “ for sure! Namaste

MountainSpirit
MountainSpirit
July 20, 2019
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Great practice for calming, stretching, relieving tension and back pain. Nice slow pace, beautiful cueing with attention to breath. Thank you!

oakhazel
oakhazel
January 20, 2019
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as always Melissa I love your lessons. You have such a gentle quality that makes your classes special. Great class.

twilightbat
twilightbat
November 26, 2018
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If you are not a beginner, chances are this won't feel challenging at all. What it *will* feel, however, is all sorts of fantastic. It's friendly, it's adaptable, it will take you a galaxy away from self-judgment, it has a pace that enables you to work with your inner sensations. Perfect for those days when you really need to slow down and steal time for yourself. Thanks !

Himalaya V
Himalaya V
September 4, 2018
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Absolutely divine! The pace, the instructions, and all that extra space and suppleness that I am feeling now in my hips. Many thanks Melissa!

NatalieNZ
NatalieNZ
April 24, 2018
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Dear Melissa,
Like the previous comment I echo the “love your classes” to the power of 10!
Thanks to your gentle, kind and authentic pace yours is exactly what I need(ed) in learning about this relatively “new world of yoga”. Incidentally, your “fear-free” approach (“this will come with time”) to teaching has even inspired me in my own work as a college lecturer in foreign languages.
And one more thing, I now feel comfortable and ready to “click” intermediate!
Thanks for being here!

Kim Lewin-Reilly
Kim Lewin-Reilly
March 23, 2018
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Melissa, I love, love, love your classes and this one is no exception. Simply wonderful thank you X
Ps: I'm 10 weeks pregnant and wondering if you teach any pregnancy classes online?

Melissa Krieger
Melissa Krieger
March 24, 2018
Comment:

Hi Kim!

Thanks so much :)

No, I don't teach any prenatal yoga at all. If you want to keep working with my classes I would suggest the avoiding deep twisting poses and if any poses start to feel "wrong" skip them. And definitely check out some of the great prenatal classes on this site. You may also check out my class Yoga For Inner Strength which will teach about your pelvic floor and how to engage it. Although I don't do any prenatal I know a lot about pelvic floor and you definitely want to learn more about that now.

All the best! xo

AprilStewart
AprilStewart
February 3, 2018
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I've been having a lot of hip and low-back tightness and pain and this class gave me a LOT more movement back. I'll definitely be doing this one again. Thank you!

dctotten
dctotten
January 27, 2018
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Really appreciated the allowance of silence during instruction. Gives me an opportunity to focus all my attention inward without having to listen to the teacher. Love the out of doors and the sound of birds, train, boats etc.

Madalina
Madalina
January 25, 2018
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What a great way to start the day! This is one of my favorite Melissa's classes.

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
January 18, 2018
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Wonderfully slow buildup to pigeon pose which I usually struggle with. Thank you. I will definitely repeat this class Melissa!

karen77ca
karen77ca
January 12, 2018
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One of my fav's!! This is the perfect practice on days when I want to slow things down and get a great stretch!