A Deep Release for the Shoulders and Neck

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.8 (302 votes)
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This gentle, slow, hatha yoga class guides you into a series of poses that thoroughly stretch the muscles around the shoulders and neck. It moves gradually toward deeper stretches, allowing the body to warm up and prepare for a deeper release of the tighter muscles in your body. Your neck and shoulders will feel wonderful after you're done.

Equipment: Strap
Style: Hatha Yoga


clothwright 1 month ago

Thank you David. Just came back from a bit of traveling--getting scrunched in car seats, carrying heavy packs over my shoulders and dragging suitcases, etc. Not to mention general tension. This was just what I needed to release some of the tension and rebalance back into home life.

stillsacred 3 months ago

Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but by the end I'm actually feeling a little discomfort on the right side of my neck. Perhaps I stretched too much... The class was a little more intense than I expected, and in places I had trouble keeping up - especially when stretching arms up and back. A couple more minutes in Shavasana would have been nice at the end, and perhaps a relaxing child's pose somewhere in between. All that said, I'm feeling quite proud that I pushed myself through it and survived :)

dpictx 2 months ago

Namaste stillsacred. Have you done the "Integrating the Breath and the Bandhas" classes? From my perspective, I feel I would be doing this class incorrectly if I hadn't practiced those classes first. The Bandhas help ensure the alignment. Engaging the core helps everything stay in line so that the neck can be nice and long before dropping the head to the side, staying upright as best I can has improved this class and is one of my favourites.
I have a wireless mouse I can use to pause from my mat which gives me time to explore each component of the pose more, this has been helpful, and gives more time to be careful with your precious neck. I'm a beginner too, I hope this helps. Oh, and I don't think this class is easy either, there is so much potential for some magnificent hard Yoga work here:)

4margy 5 months ago

This was a wonderful class, thank you! Should say that David's style is my favorite. It has a moderate tempo that allows me to sink into each pose deeper and let my body explore itself, while the soothing voice is gently guiding you through the class enriching it with meditative-like experience. Simply beautiful :)

KapitiJanice 7 months ago

Hi David, thank you so much for this programme. It is really helping me with sore back, neck, wrist and shoulder pain. I am very grateful for DYWM, and for this programme in particular, I feel like it is better than PT. I'm amazed at how some of the stretches find "the spot". Thank you for the amazing work you do to help our bodies and minds. Xx

Pru 8 months ago

Every time I rediscover this video, I am blown away by how much it blows out the cobwebs in my shoulders and neck. Glorious. Found it this time via the 30 Day Empowerment Challenge for beginners as I try to start challenging myself again. Thank you for it.

sng4ever 10 months ago

A friend had me do a 3 hour workout today - weights - including a lot of shoulder exercises.

This was so needed after that workout. Thank you!

Dvandy2 10 months ago

David, Your patience in explaining each pose is admirable. I am grateful for your calm and descriptive class.

Jimbob 11 months ago

I have had very tight shoulders and upper back for years, and now I have a shoulder injury. I managed to do this class by taking it easy, and knowing when to pull back, or just do what I could when pain, as opposed to stretching kicked in. A good class that I hope to do more often.

Jeremie Yared 1 year ago

That was much more intense than I expected, I'm still amazed at how the tiniest movements can cause the most intense sensations! After three days of surfing my whole upper body was incredibly tight and uncomfortable, and this class instantly helped me regain my normal range of motion, and then some. Thank you!