Happy Hamstrings

Fiji McAlpine
Instructor Fiji McAlpine
Average: 4.8 (232 votes)
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Whether your hamstrings are stiff or loose, this class will target them like no other. Perfect for athletes, runners, computer users, and anyone who needs better hamstring flexibility, Fiji's Happy Hamstrings moves through a careful, efficient flow that gradually moves into deeper hamstring stretches, releasing them slowly and effectively. Hurts so good!

Equipment: None
Style: Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Back Care


Shira Salingre 9 months ago

I have really tight hamstrings and always felt like this is very restrictive to my yoga practice. I'm quite flexible but my hamstrings were never following the rest of my body and I felt they were restricting me. Through this short class I looked into that "restriction" and learned it: where am I feeling tight and where am I feeling more space? I noticed things I haven't noticed before and while I was learning compassion (to my hamstrings) I managed to step out of this restriction. Of course I'll need to do more work but this first step was extremely important. Thank you!

Nyamyj 1 year ago

I suffer with extremely tight hamstrings and will be revisiting this often. Thank you for reminding me to have compassion with my body’s limits. Great class

Van_damsel 2 years ago

As a runner I found this class to be full of tension, but by the end the soreness has gone and I feel light and ready to go again. Looking forward to practicing this class regularly and seeing gains in my hamstring flexibility, thanks Fiji!

mollybmoon 2 years ago

I just want to say thank you Fiji for a class I can do all of. You're such a good teacher. I can't follow you everywhere, but this one I can, and it is very affirming for me.

johnnyc8 3 years ago

I have very tight hamstrings, and I love this video. However, they are so tight that the one pose I can't really figure out is the pyramid sequence. I can't keep my front leg straight and touch the ground with my hands. If I bend my front leg to get my fingers down, I can't keep my back heel on the ground. I have experimented with the distance between my feet. I do have very good balance, and I don't feel like I put my balance at risk if I keep both legs straight but hands not touching ground (my fingers are many inches away from touching the ground when I keep both legs straight). What is the best way to move through this sequence to 1. be safe and 2. maximize flexibility gains?

RunDMCurrin 2 years ago

Use a block! Or even a stool or a chair if you can't reach the block!

Janet_ 3 years ago

I do several of Fiji's classes and enjoy them. Her choice of language in particular is excellent, prompting me to pay attention to the smallest details that make a big difference in a pose.

sarahmay 3 years ago

I didn't know that I had tight hamstrings until I had a free personal training session recently. I know that when I step forward from downward dog I'm a lot tighter and have less flexibility on one side. I'm learning this is probably related to my hips and hamstrings. This class was gentle and well-paced in getting into these areas to do deeper stretching. I'm so grateful to have this to come back to again and again while I try to increase my flexibility. Also, thank you for filming this in such a beautiful location.

shaunajsweet 3 years ago

I have chronically tight hamstrings after years of running and cycling, and not doing enough to take care of myself. This practice is so wonderful, and is becoming a regular addition to my training regimen. It is well-paced, perfectly targeted, and just... Calming. Its also a wonderful warm-up if I want to just get on the mat and play! Thank you, Fiji!