Deep Release for the Hips, Hamstrings and Lower Back

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.9 (1025 votes)
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This class is slow, gentle and offers a deep opening for the muscles around the hips, lower back and legs. Its pace alone allows you to sink into a beautiful state of calm. Add the beautiful sounds of Craig Paterson, master musician, and you will be lulled into a deep, lovely, relaxed state. If you are looking for more, check out our 1-month program, Beginner Yoga for Optimal Lower Back Health (need to subscribe to access).

Equipment: Strap
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Back Care


taniavenn 6 years ago

This was a great class. I was very impressed by the comparison in how my seated crossed legs felt before the class and how amazing they felt "after." Looking forward to doing this often.

cleo 6 years ago

I've only done this video about 4 or 5 times and I'm already seeing improvements. The visualization during savasana really worked for me and I reached a very relaxed state while remaining completely aware and alert (usually I fall asleep during savasana, but I didn't even feel tired at all this time). I will be keeping up this practice. Thank you David!

stillshimpy 6 years ago

I've been visiting DYWM for a little over a year, and I am so grateful this site exists. I'm a beginner, recently advancing into intermediate and this video is always a friend to me. I have a permanent injury involving my Achilles on my right side, and doing this program regularly makes it possible for me to continue to advance, as well as minimize pain. It's invaluable to me.

I had no idea I could do yoga until I found your site, I'd tried in the past and failed. You site, with it's wealth of beginner videos managed to help get me through the first stages. I've had this injury for twenty years, and your site made it possible for me to regain flexibility I had thought I'd lost forever. This video is a key part of that. It's a wonderful program. Thank so you much for it.

kstone 6 years ago

This is my go to after a twelve hour shift, a hike or an afternoon in the garden! Thank-you !

krshadrick 6 years ago

I have never done yoga, but I do stretch regularly. I am almost 50 and feeling my hips are not as mobile as they once were. I am also a big girl, so taking a class is a bit daunting to think about.
I've done this class for a week each day, and the mobility is coming back into my hips and back. Took a hike today, and I felt I was striding very evenly, and felt my back working for the first time in years. This is a good thing! Thank you for this website, I appreciate it, and will support it as well. I've already told many people.

Virglee 6 years ago

This video is amazing for releasing the low back and hips. I've been suffering from low back pain lately and feel very stiff when I wake up in the morning. The exercises for the low back feel so good.

I do feel like my arms are very short to do some of these exercises, like the one where you stretch your leg straight up while holding onto the bottom of your foot I could do if my arms were 5 or 6 inches longer. I wonder if anyone else has that experience as well, or if I just have shorter-than-average arms :)

Kaoya 6 years ago

As much as I love all the other videos on the website, this one is just... pure bliss!
I often return to it and I'm always amazed at the part "on the ground with the strap". I do the first leg, and then when you say, David, "notice if there's a difference between the legs"... Everytime, I think "It's so different it's like two legs from two different persons, I can't possibly even it out". And then... through your guidance, I even it out :)
Finally, I wanted to tell you that I find the pacing in savasana perfect as well... Sufficiently detailed to keep a beginner like me perfectly focused and allowing me to tune into my sensations.
A really, really heartfelt thank you for all of this!

Live Jazz 70 7 years ago

Who knew a yoga workout could make such a difference? I feel great! Namaste.

ConnieKay 7 years ago

This was my first yoga practice in 2 years - it was great. Easy to follow and strectched my hips and legs ~ felt great.

anniemac 7 years ago

I really enjoyed the practice and found myself feeling freer and more mobile with a heightened sense of vitality and fluidity which was certainly not there beforehand. Many thanks, this practice will be revisited many times again I am sure!