A Deep Release for the Shoulders and Neck

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Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.8 (290 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


Nice after weight training
sng4ever 3 weeks 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 1 month ago

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

I have had very tight
Jimbob 2 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.

Intense and effective
Jeremie Yared 5 months 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!

Great class but be mindful of pain
QianaMarie 6 months ago

I just love all of DYWM’s classes and this is no exception. However, students should know the stretching is vigorous.

A couple days after experiencing some atypical shoulder pain while swimming, I took this class.

I’ve always had tight shoulders and back even when I’ve been quite flexible in other places, and I really tried not to let myself feel pain during the class. For the first couple hours after, I felt much looser but after that my shoulder became quite painful. I really worried that I had permanently damaged it though it feels somewhat better 24 hours later.

I do think anyone else with possible shoulder impingement should be made aware that this could make symptoms worse if you are already at all sore. I would not recommend this class as a recovery stretch.

Thank you, what an amazing video
Holly-O 7 months ago

Thank you,
What an amazing understanding of the body and neck and shoulder muscles, I have had pain and migraines since having a concussion/whiplash injury, and nothing has previously helped quite like this.

Thank you, and thank you Jackson for showing me this video.

My husband and I are most
tree3545 7 months ago

My husband and I are most definitely beginners and we found this class to be relaxing. Upon completion we felt loose and refreshed and will add this one to our favorites list.

David we have tried almost all of your beginning classes and they have added so much to our life! Thank you so much for what you do.

Beginner or Nah
J C D 8 months ago

Hi David,
I’m pretty disappointed in today’s session. This is session 4 of the 30 day challenge. I question whether you have ever taught a beginner class, or if you took the the time to teach this particular class to beginners. In every beginner class I’ve been in, what makes it a “beginner” class is the existence of concessions and modifications for someone who may not be advanced or flexible enough to do the poses you describe. Aside from “allowing” us to sit cross legged if sitting on our heels was a problem, there was absolutely no consideration in this class for the experience of a beginner. “If you can’t do this, try it this way.” In fact, the only such consideration was for someone more advanced. “If you can stretch further, do this to increase the intensity.” I strongly feel that this is not an appropriate class for beginners and was made to feel extremely uncomfortable throughout the class, as I was limited to what I could do. I’d recommend either re-recording this as an actual beginner class (which may mean you’d actually have to teach a class of beginners to see where there might need to be modification) or take it down and list it accordingly.

Re: Beginner or Nah
David Procyshyn 8 months ago

Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. With beginner classes, there is a constant effort as an instructor to balance between two extremes: 1) offering modifications for every pose, which can interrupt the flow of the class for those who don't need them and 2) teaching what is a beginner class, not offering modifications so the flow is maintained throughout, with the risk of making it harder for those who can't sit or hold the pose I am asking them to.
Also, because we only have Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced categories, each one is quite broad - the Beginner category includes more challenging beginner classes. This may be one of them... but it depends on the person.
So we are trying to accommodate everyone, but it is quite difficult since we can't see the student who is doing the classes with us. It's an ongoing challenge with online video, but I think we're doing quite well so far.
Again, thanks for the feedback.
Take care,

This hour....
emilyt 8 months ago

I can't think of a better way to spend the time.....thank you for this...