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Heavenly Hips

Intermediate II

If you want more flexibility around your pelvis, you couldn't find a better class. In 60 minutes you will improve the range of motion in your hips, groin, hip flexors, hamstrings and back. Rachel teaches yoga teachers for a living, which is evident in her style and clarity. She's an incredible instructor to watch, and learning from her is a unique experience.

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saffronhouse
saffronhouse
March 11, 2022
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"Absolute Best" i wrote to myself in bookmarks a couple years ago... "do this once a week when have 1 hour". And boy i wish i had. too many enticing and fabulous new practices to try here for that though!
This is truly what i look for and want in a regular practice: a little warm up, a strong Sur A+B, more flow, good strength building, a few balance challenges (is it just me or does our natural balance plummet fast after 40?), and some really luscious and challenging OUTER hip openers, with lots of breathing time. I still pause and hold them even longer, so it actually becomes an 80min practice... But truly-- this session is pure gold (esp for tight hips), and you Rachel...you are a true master and bright shiny light. TY.

JBrizes
JBrizes
December 21, 2021
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This is miserable for someone with tight hamstring and relatively short limbs.

pattylaurel
pattylaurel
November 15, 2021
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This has been my “go to” for the past couple of years, and I thank you for it! I always discover something new and use this video as my check in to see where I am at in terms of strength and flexibility and improvement. I am a 62 year old who has been in health and fitness since 1997 and always marvel when I come across this kind of a video that stays fresh. Thank you!!!

CourtenayLane
CourtenayLane
November 6, 2021
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5
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Thank you so much, Rachel! My hips have not felt this open and relaxed in a long time. I also needed to let go some frustration today, and this did it. I am a very grateful noodle ;)

zoeg
zoeg
April 24, 2021
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I found the description for this class a little misleading. More strength than stretch. I was really looking for some juicy release for my hips and hamstrings, and while there is plenty of hip work, it was a little too advanced/intense for my tight hips today.

It's probably a great class for another day, but my sore and fatigued body was looking for release and not as much heat.

faanrossouw
faanrossouw
April 24, 2021
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This class is SOO satisfying -- I feel the benefits for days afterward...which just makes me want to do it over and over again! Thank you, Rachel! Your fun, enthusiastic vibes are contagious and inspiring <3

Itsmaha
Itsmaha
March 10, 2021
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Thank you Rachel!!! Your cues are spot on and I am able to get deeper into the poses following your instructions.

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
February 8, 2021
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Thanks for the feedback, everyone! I've changed the difficulty to Intermediate I and included both Hatha and Vinyasa to the Style category, since Rachel's approach is a bit slower than a typical vinyasa class.

deidreh
deidreh
January 28, 2021
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Perhaps this would better be categorized as a Vinyasa class? Many, many chaturangas and downward-facing dogs. It's a great class! Only pointing out so folks can better find what they're looking for.

DancingMetaphor
DancingMetaphor
November 30, 2020
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You're amazing Rachel, thank you so much for this class. My hips love it!

Maputo
Maputo
October 11, 2020
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Agree with others, that it's level 1, 2, 3 intermediate. The queuing is such that there's a little more explanation for moves, but lots of gradations to challenge oneself (as always with yoga). Much enjoyed the class.

kapkap
kapkap
July 11, 2020
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Thanks Rachel! I loved the pace and buildup of this class. I agree with the last comment, though, that it is more advanced than Int 1, maybe Int 2 or 3, given the flying pigeon? It was great to have a longer outdoors ocean class with you!
Anna

Foxy Roxi
Foxy Roxi
June 18, 2020
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A beautiful class, thank you Rachel and all at DoYogaWithMe for making. this possible. I would say that you might want to change equipment from none to blocks as we used them quite a bit. Namaste.

MikeBowden
MikeBowden
May 12, 2020
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Loved this one.. .... poss the best hip opener class I have ever done !! Thanks Rachel.. Thanks DYWM

finch
finch
April 30, 2020
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Thank you, thank you, Rachel! I have been a subscriber for 4 years and your videos have been such a blessing! I have tried many others and keep coming back to yours. I have learned so much from you. And the way you sequence and pace your sessions truly helps me with some recurring lower back and hip issues. I have tried many others, but yours (and David's) just cannot be beat. I love your clear and compassionate instruction. Your pace is perfect. I have this one almost memorized, but I love having you help me pace myself. Again, thank you and blessings to you! (One day I will get to the peak pose in this one!!! Working on it!)

Lynnembrown1
Lynnembrown1
April 15, 2020
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Rachel! You are my favorite, great balance of movement and explanation and very clear. And I feel really worked out and lose after. Thank you!

Madew
Madew
April 10, 2020
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Thank you Rachel for all of those great classes ! You're being a great help and "cheer-bringer" to my friends and I through this complicated times, thousand thanks !

sng4ever
sng4ever
May 7, 2019
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One of the many great teachers on this site. A comprehenvise and challenging hip opening practice.

Great for learning about the differences in your left and right sides - esp. hip area.

Jo Hall
Jo Hall
January 6, 2018
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Rachel is an excellent teacher, really clear and I like the pace of the class. Although it is a long class, it just flew by. A challenging class for me but the poses can be modified easily and it certainly does open the hips.

Paulette9
Paulette9
December 13, 2017
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Rachel, you are an excellent instructor! Loved the class!

islandbound
islandbound
November 5, 2017
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Thank you doyogawithme! Excellent class and clear teaching. I have tight hips, but after this class I truly feel my hips are relaxed. Thank you.

togahpartier
togahpartier
May 5, 2017
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This was definitely a challenge for me, but I came out of it with my normally tight hips feeling like warm butter. Loved it! I can't wait to do this class again after I finish the 30 day challenge :)

Van_damsel
Van_damsel
April 13, 2017
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What an amazing class! I've always felt my hips were my problem area but this class warmed them up to move in a way they never have before. This class taught potential, breaking down barriers: I started to feel what it would be like to move into a forward split for the first time. All I need to do now is practice!

ucheoseb
ucheoseb
February 7, 2017
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This class was really challenging. My hips are my most difficult area, and on top of that I injured my groin last year and it never quite healed. This class was extremely humbling, but I'm glad that I did it, because it helped me to accept where my body is right now, and to work from there. That there's no rush, there's no hurry. Just allowing my body to be and breathe is enough. Thank you.

raquelarcelia
raquelarcelia
February 4, 2017
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I was about to skip this class because I didn't think my hips needed extra attention. I was so wrong! This class opened my hips up in a way I didn't know was possible. I felt so much more open and energized after this class. Rachel gives great instruction and has wonderful energy.

PY
PY
January 20, 2017
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What a great teacher, and also fantastic class with some really fun and challenging poses. Thank you.

Dakota Drummer
Dakota Drummer
January 20, 2017
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So well done in such a beautiful place as well. Lot's of focus on hips which I need. Thank you.

Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
January 14, 2017
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Wow, that was a good challenge (did the simple version of the 'peak' pose and others), with great mix of hip openers I had forgotten. So good to have the online series, and today Rachel's inspiration - wouldn't have challenged myself in that way. Good sweat and detox, physically and mentally / emotionally. See how it'll feel later on today.... maybe time for a salt bath :-)

Johnv
Johnv
January 10, 2017
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I am a few days behind in the challenge so I just finished day 7. I was doing the beginning workouts but decided to challenge myself today by doing an intermediate session, and this did challenge me in a very good way. This was just what I needed today. I used to be quite limber but have been inactive for many years, and now I am feeling my body starting to wake up. Thank you for your work and this site.

tanseymd
tanseymd
January 9, 2017
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Challenging for sure. Hips are super tight, but feel great after that.

ebpotter
ebpotter
January 9, 2017
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I am only half way through my preview for this video. But, thank you so much for mixing together such wonderful videos and helping me ease into poses I am fearful of but poses for which I am more ready than I thought.

Sylviaperezdelae
Sylviaperezdelae
January 9, 2017
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Very good routine - few advanced postures but it's ok the challenge. Great setting! namaste

Sarah NN3
Sarah NN3
January 8, 2017
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I don't normally make enough space in my days for full-length yoga practices such as this. I'm thankful for the 30 day challenge pushing me to make this long workout happen. Definitely seems about the same level (or even more advanced) than the "Advanced" classes I've done on this site. This was an amazing, intense class. I had a full body sheen of sweat by the end, and felt very stretched and good. Thank you Rachel!

spacecase
spacecase
January 8, 2017
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Oh wow... this was a challenge! I am feeling sore today after a long day on the mountain yesterday and thought there was no way I could make it through. Somehow I made it (barely). Thanks for this... it was just what I needed today.

50treeslim
50treeslim
January 8, 2017
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Reading he comments going into this class today I was worried it was going to be too challenging. I am so proud of myself that I was able to do everything except for the lifting feet off the ground while on hands. (Pig pose?) Yes!! Thank you for the great hip openers and for helping me build confidence in my practice!

JudithAnne
JudithAnne
January 7, 2017
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Wow, this was a challenge! Maybe in my next lifetime! I am going to make myself feel better by putting this more into the expert category, Still, an excellent class. I just did what I could and feel good about it. As always, I'm in awe of the skill and strength of the DoYogaWithMe family!

Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott
January 7, 2017
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Hi Judith Anne - yes, I gotta admit, this class is a bit of a doozy :) The big poses aren't so important - it's the hip opening on the way there that's really the good stuff. So glad that you tried it out!

tonijasmin21
tonijasmin21
January 7, 2017
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Wow, that was awesome! Very challenging for my tight hips, but I needed it. I feel wonderful and open now. Thank you! Namaste :)

mollybmoon
mollybmoon
January 7, 2017
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I'm short, tight and 62 years old. I could do only about 75% of this class, but enjoyed watching the rest. Thanks, teacher.