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Deep Release for the Hips, Hamstrings and Lower Back

Beginner II

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).

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machine
machine
November 14, 2013
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I seem to always end up with this video as my default for many circumstances. As a triathlete I get quite stiff around the hips and hamstrings. Although I find Fiji classes fantastic I've just tried her post run class after a20 mile hill run, found it a bit too intense at this point. However this class not the right spot. Cheers David, namaste.

salima
salima
November 6, 2013
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I am So glad to have discovered this web site and theses videos...
I have been stressed lately and have had lower back pain for the longest.
I started an everyday session of an hour a day... And my spirits have lifted up... Theses stretches ease my pain in so many level.. Thank you so very much.

Kredmon
Kredmon
October 30, 2013
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I really enjoyed this class. I have suffered from severe plantar fasciitis for the past three years. This class allowed me to begin to stretch the legs in order to feel relief! Thank you!

manasa2411
manasa2411
October 28, 2013
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Very easy to follow and very effective. My hips and lower back feel so light after this session.
Thank you.

femcauliffe
femcauliffe
October 27, 2013
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Thank you David! This was my third video and hit all the spots that cause me the most pain. I have trouble with keeping my sacrum aligned, which messes up my hips and low back and everything else by extension. Rocking the baby felt so good, and then the straight leg stretch using the strap to extend my legs away from my body was a huge release for tension built up from all that sitting... Thanks so much. Beautiful music, beautiful location. I even love watching you practice among the geese, haha. :)

kny2004
kny2004
October 14, 2013
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When all I want is a gentle release of my hips, that tend to be tight due to running, this class is the perfect fit. I feel so centered and relaxed after this practice. Thank you.

lkaggrey
lkaggrey
October 14, 2013
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This was just what I needed at the pace that I needed for this morning. Thank you! Thank you!

MJohnson
MJohnson
October 9, 2013
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This was the first video I've tried on this site and it was AMAZING! I recently started back exercising and have been having some lower back pain although, it is quite normal for me to suffer from pain in that area. This video helped tremendously with just one try! The entire time I kept saying "man, this feels good" and "I haven't had a stretch this good in a looong time"! Thanks, David! This was AWESOME!

Liev
Liev
October 6, 2013
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Thanks David for this new experience. I restarted recently praciticing yoga consistently and your video's are a great help. I really felt guided! Good timing, clear speech...much appreciated.
I'll soon discover more,

Lieve
Brussels
Belgium

Regina Hart
Regina Hart
October 1, 2013
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Thank you so much for taking the time to create this excellent practice. I've been suffering with back, hip, and leg pain for years now. This series offered some relief, and I will repeat it regularly. Your instruction is excellent, and the wandering geese made me smile. Beautiful!

ms_berglund
ms_berglund
September 29, 2013
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...and it made me want more, more and more. David is truly a great instructor, very easy to follow, and I appreciate the pace.

I'm very stiff, especially in my lower back, hips and hamstrings, so this class will definitely be one of my weekly ones. I loved that the Savasana part was so long, I managed to relax completely and was really in deep a meditative state there for a bit. My gosh, how good it felt!

Afterwards I felt so in peace, yet awake and focused. This site is really all I can ask for. Thank you x1000!

chachat
chachat
September 24, 2013
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What a lovely video, thank you so much :)

KaCotnoir
KaCotnoir
September 14, 2013
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Thank you very much for sharing this class. It makes you feel so limber and relaxed every time. Also I noticed at 41:50 you made a tiny friend in savasana :)

shall06
shall06
September 12, 2013
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I felt the effects of this class for days. My hips in particular thank you!!

NatiE
NatiE
August 12, 2013
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After a weekend of rock climbing I was looking for a deep stretch for my hamstrings and hips and I definitely found it with this video. I will be doing this one again!! Thank you for a wonderful practice.

luvedk
luvedk
August 2, 2013
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Training for a race post baby and my hips are killing me. This was a phenomenal find and I plan to do it post run every time because my legs felt like butter afterward. Had to share it with all my teammates. What a find!

cchrisc
cchrisc
August 1, 2013
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I have a sports injury that started in my back, shoulders and moved down into my hips and causes me severe knee pain. My body is taking its' sweet time to recover from the trauma of the impact falling off my bike about 6 weeks ago. I called a friend to ask for advise about IMS and other options. She recommended your site, specifically this video. I did it last night and slept without pain and again this morning. I can't believe the relief I feel already!

I can't wait to try a few other video's now.

THANK YOU!

Christina Robohm
Christina Robohm
July 5, 2013
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This was the perfect target area for me today and I was so happy to see it right on the main screen waiting for me. Great instruction and beautiful guided meditation afterwards.

mountainmom08
mountainmom08
July 4, 2013
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He was very informative, talked through each stretch so I did not need to take my focus off of my stretch to see what he was doing. I have major lower back issues and stretches like this really help me get my day going with little to no pain. I am actually sitting on the floor after class with my back straight and no pain. Thank you.

Llynrimsa
Llynrimsa
June 29, 2013
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What a beautiful class. I felt totally aligned, alert and revitalized. Thank you!

1finefeline
1finefeline
June 25, 2013
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This workout did feel great after a run! Wonderful way to wind down your tightening leg muscles. Also worked well for someone like me who has limited upper back mobility due to a surgery. This instructor is really easy to follow and encouraging.

javairiak
javairiak
June 23, 2013
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Totally hit the spot to increase your flexibility after a run. I have tight low back and mildly tight hips so this was perfect!! Nice cool down after my run

annabegins66
annabegins66
June 22, 2013
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This is the first time I did yoga at this site, and I will be back here and to this practice, my hips and lower back feel great and it was such a nice savasana.

JacquiB
JacquiB
June 18, 2013
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I've been inactive for the better part of a year due to Cancer, and my lower body (especially) is one big, stiff knot. This class is amazing - I end each day with it now, and am already gaining my flexibility back after doing the session daily for a week. Truly amazing!

Thanks David!!!

jmesh
jmesh
May 11, 2013
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I've been doing yoga lessons for a while, but I can't get to them every day so I was looking for some online instruction. This lesson was truly outstanding and I'll definately be returning to the site!

Deborah Cook
Deborah Cook
May 6, 2013
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This video is what I need to regain some flexibility after straining my lower back about a year and a half ago. Since then I have felt a tightening in areas that were previously quite flexible. My strength training suffered as well, which just exacerbated the tightening.

This might very well be the thing I need to bring it back. I'll be practising this routine a lot in the coming weeks. Thank you!

jessicagrajeda
jessicagrajeda
April 25, 2013
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Very calming! Great relaxation of the lower body! Loved all of the stretches. Nice and deep!

vitsy783
vitsy783
April 13, 2013
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I loved this! I fell lighter, calm and content. Bliss

tageekly
tageekly
March 3, 2013
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Been having lower muscular back pain and tight adductors. Just completed this practice and it was very gentle, guided well and I can feel the tension releasing. The pain is less and I know with continued practice I'll feel better. Thank you for posting this video.

Liesbeth
Liesbeth
February 12, 2013
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Love the way you explain all the poses. Thank you so much. Keep up the good work and great website!

pollycasb
pollycasb
February 9, 2013
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I thought when I started this class it was going to be really hard, as my hips were so stiff. Ten minutes in, I had forgotten the time and all the stretches got easier and more satisfying. Thank you!

ryacovissi
ryacovissi
January 18, 2013
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I have hip and lower back muscle pain and after doing this lesson once I can see that this is what I was looking for to thoroughly stretch my muscle. I'm sure that doing this regularly my muscle pain will get better so will my flexibility.

Nicola215
Nicola215
January 6, 2013
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I've done this workout twice in 2 days and already I can feel I'm more flexable.

Thank you, I can't wait to try out the other videos as well x

deedee181
deedee181
January 4, 2013
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Thank you David, this was a great session to help east the tension from work and the cold Wisconsin winter. Namaste

Kathleenjtaylor
Kathleenjtaylor
December 31, 2012
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This felt amazing after a weekend of cross country skiing! It was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

lehoty11
lehoty11
December 29, 2012
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After years of cycling my left hip and thigh had become soooo tight. I've been doing yoga for about a year and have tried all kinds of stretches with limited improvement. During this class I actually feel my hip releasing. I've repeated it several times and it keeps feeling better and better. Thank you, thank you, thank you.....Namaste

fairytales
fairytales
December 18, 2012
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Really great... very calming and relaxing practice but at the same time some very intense stretches, at least if you're as tight in the hips as I am! Thanks :)

clarry
clarry
August 20, 2012
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Thank you! Another great video - well instructed, calm and thorough. Really helped loosen legs after running, and the relaxation at the end was lovely. Bliss. I'm getting a bit addicted to this website....

emily.long02
emily.long02
August 16, 2012
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This was just what I needed! I took one too many falls off of horse, landed on the right side, and my hips, especially my right, have been tight, which caused me pain in my lower back. This was great to get this feeling a lot better! Thank you :D

Kads
Kads
July 26, 2012
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Thank you. I was resisting doing my practice today and you totally came to the rescue.
Wonderful routine. You have a lovely voice. Thanks : )

sunalexa
sunalexa
June 25, 2012
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Thank you David for this great workout. While stretching was slightly intense, I need to admit, my legs feel amazing!
But more than that I loved the relaxation part. Suddenly I felt that my whole inner body image had changed - during shavasana I saw my rib cage, visualized upper and low spine, muscles... That was a discovery I never made before, so impressed.

LaurenH
LaurenH
June 20, 2012
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I just love David's videos! Please add more when you are able! Your instruction is clear and delivered in a calm soothing way. Also love the scenery and music! Thank you for what you do!

SheriM
SheriM
June 5, 2012
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Thanks a lot for your courses! They are just what I need in my stressful life! I adore your video lessons and I'll continue watching them. Yoga is my life!

RodriquezChrystal
RodriquezChrystal
May 21, 2012
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I am not much of a sports fan, but your classes seem to be exactly what I need. I do not like exercises which require physical strength and efforts, I prefer something that helps to relax mentally, to find harmony with your inner world. I think your class is perfect for those who want to fight the stress of everyday life, like me.

cherry margo
cherry margo
April 6, 2012
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So appreciate this wonderful class. Thanks so much. fantastic stretches, just what I needed.