Healthy Hamstrings

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.5 (88 votes)
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Tight hamstrings can cause all kinds of problems, such as lower back pain, neck pain and muscle cramps, as well as limit the range of motion in your hips and knees. Releasing your hamstrings can improve the efficiency of your running or cycling, improve recovery from workouts, increase circulation to your feet and make your legs feel much better. This class is good for all kinds of reasons, for all kinds of people.

Equipment: None
Style: Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Back Care


barbkoch 2 months ago

Very helpful for tight hamstrings. I agree with a previous comment, any mountain biker would benefit from this class. Since I'd been on a ride today, I would have
found it helpful to begin with some warm up (sun salutations, seating side stretches, child's pose?) to loosen everything up to begin, but the next time I do this
class, I'll do it as a follow up to another session that stretches all of me out first. Thank you.

kpmarcks 7 months ago

Question...I had a partial tear of the hamstring tendon where it attaches to the pelvis about 4 years ago. It was a yoga injury; I was pushing for more, more, MORE stretch during pigeon pose. (I learned my lesson there!) It still feels touchy and I treat the area very carefully. Would this class help me strengthen and loosen up safely and gently?

Gitti 2 months ago

Same thing happened to me! I did not realize when enough is enough. Have to learn it the hard way.

David Procyshyn 7 months ago

Hi there. Yes, this class is a good option if you are looking to gently loosen up your hamstrings. It doesn't do a lot for strength, though.

cglanzberg 8 months ago

Nice targeted recovery session. Felt a change in my hamstrings even just half way through the class.

only the second class I have given up on . Is there a class for thiose who really DO have tight hamstrings and lower back and cannot get into any of these poses effectively?


Gilly Vanilly 1 year ago

Tough class for me but felt great after. Legs energised and supple. Namaste!

Djsaunter 1 year ago

Simple focus on sitting up, but a nice quick hamstring loosened. As an avid bicycle commuter and mountain biker, my hamstrings are always tight and in need of loosening.

HellaDerek 2 years ago

this was super challenging for me, my legs were shaking a lot while holding my feet. and my upper back, for some reason, felt particularly stiff too. it's amazing what some simple poses can achieve! thanks!

loveofjoe11 3 years ago

I'm not a fan of staff pose, so I didn't enjoy this class much. I feel I focused more on maintaining staff pose and I feel weak in that pose, than stretching the hamstrings. Perhaps with repetition I'll strength my staff pose and enjoy this class more.