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Hip Flexor Heaven

Intermediate I

This class targets the hips flexors, a common problem area for many, including runners, athletes, people with desk jobs and those with hyperlordosis. David guides you through a class that builds gradually toward a final series of deep openers for the quads and psoas muscles, starting and finishing with a guided relaxation.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 15 of the Daily Dose 30-Day Intermediate Yoga Challenge.

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gin_kilgore
gin_kilgore
June 19, 2022
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This is my favorite class. Perfect counter to running. One small thing: I think it spends more time on the right side. So I sometimes do the opposite or just linger with the left side stretches. But don't let that keep you from firing up the class. Thank you, David!

SuzeC
SuzeC
June 3, 2022
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LOVE this class!! its really perfect for those of us who walk and sit a lot!! As others have noted, its wonderful to have this Int. class from David :) Also, could be my imagination, but isn't there a missed folded leg/dondasana on the left side right at the end of class? Not that I cared! just FYI

JRoc69BB
JRoc69BB
May 9, 2022
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5
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Incredible lesson, I've done it multiple times, intermittently, over multiple years, your hip flexors and joints in your legs feel energized after and I could be thankful enough.

MartiTurlington
MartiTurlington
November 30, 2021
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Wonderful class. I've been having a burning sensation in my left hip for some time. It seems to have stopped after this class. Yah!!!
I love all of you classes.

MartiTurlington
MartiTurlington
November 12, 2021
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This is a great class. But all of your classes are great. The way you lead us through poses that kept helping us to get to better stretch was great. I was able to do more of the poses that I had a harder time with in other classes.
Thanks!

tinatali
tinatali
November 10, 2021
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Love this class. It makes me wonder why it seems easier for me to sit up tall when we are holding our foot, though you say it deepens the stretch. Clearly I'm tight somewhere else. Thanks for these classes David. They were a lifesaver during Covid lockdown and continue to be such a wonderful resource.

Gitti
Gitti
October 18, 2021
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This class sure helped me to detect and help with some kinks in my hips! Thanks

jodie-sun
jodie-sun
June 27, 2021
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I love this class! Feels amazing every time. Thank you.

loulou.hannigan@googlemail.com
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Another excellent class, David. I suffer from stiffness in my hips as a result of running and your classes have enabled me to keep my hips supple and keep running. Loved the relaxation ‘book ends’ in this class and the pace. Perfect. Thank you.

aomurray
aomurray
May 8, 2020
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Thank you, David, this is lovely...especially for those of us who are now telecommuting and consequently sitting more than we would like. It's a treat to have an intermediate-level class. Your hip openers are my favorites!

JMacDee
JMacDee
March 24, 2020
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I loved this class. I had never done the one leg bent, one leg forward stretch before. I am new to DYWM and really appreciated seeing the ocean behind and hearing the waves. I also like David's calm voice and how clearly he describes the movements. In this one he instructs "live" as he goes through the poses which I liked.

sng4ever
sng4ever
June 4, 2019
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I do a lot of weight lifting so this is a great practice in between workouts. You will feel a lot of new sensations which is a wonderful surprise from a lot of practices.

Helen O
Helen O
April 5, 2019
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This class was perfect - just what I needed for underactive glutes and tight hip flexors. David's attention to detail made all the poses really meaningful and effective. I'd love to see more Intermediate classes from David - he encourages you to stretch your limits while keeping your body safe.

ag329
ag329
July 17, 2019
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Completely agree! I chose this class because of your comments here. :) My left glute and leg were tingling all day. This gave me the stretch I needed. I, too, would like to see more Intermediate classes from David. I enjoy the intent, meaning and instruction with each stretch.

gretchenc
gretchenc
April 3, 2019
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This is just what I need, it relieved my aches and pains and now I'm ready for the day. The instructions were fabulous. I always learn something new too. Thank you!!

TammyB
TammyB
March 2, 2019
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Wow, this really helped to create space in my hip flexors, one of my favourites for sure. Thankyou David!

acalexander
acalexander
January 8, 2019
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This for me is definitely one of your best classes David...so appreciated for a mind/body carrying a history of intense athletic performance and injury. Thanks for all you do :)

HannahBeth
HannahBeth
July 31, 2018
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This class does wonders for me every time I do it, and I do it pretty often. Most of my workouts consist of running, weight lifting, and free weight exercises, as well as some cycling and hiking here and there. I also walk 2-3 miles a day just going from class to class at my university. This class is PERFECT for loosening me up, even when I don't think I need it. So refreshing, so relaxing, and the feel-good feelings stick with you for hours if not days afterward!

Amygatzemeyer
Amygatzemeyer
July 13, 2018
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This was an excellent class that really spoke to me- I was able to relax my mind and body and feel great. I was especially drawn to the cue ‘engage your glutes’. It made me realize I don’t typically engage my glutes in lunge. In other sports (running, weight lifting, etc.), I discovered that the emphasis to NOT engage glutes in cobra and septu Banda has made me focus on not engaging glutes and in the long run and lead to some back pain and incorrect form. Do you have a good resource to look through about when to engage glutes in yoga? Thank you!

emhenry
emhenry
April 2, 2018
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Niggling tight psoas brought me back to this video and I had forgotten just how wonderful it is! What a lovely relief! Thank you David!

Anna Hindley
Anna Hindley
April 1, 2018
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I got a new car that really messed up my hip flexors after driving it for 2 months I felt sooooo tight and tender in psoas even just walking. This hit the area like nothing else....the car is going and this class 2-3 times for a few weeks should have me back on track

Radlh0
Radlh0
March 30, 2018
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I’m a tennis player and my hip flexors are tight plus I have lower back tightness too. This class was wonderful and made me realise just how tight my hip flexors are. Really liked the pacing and length and think I will make this class a regular as it targets my tight areas. Learnt something doing the downward dog about using elbows as other folk have noted. Thank you David and thank you for Doyogawithme.

Paulette9
Paulette9
January 18, 2018
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A much needed area to target! Thank you David for your great instruction and for allowing the energy to flow through these much used muscles!

Sair
Sair
January 14, 2018
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I've been doing the Beginner level for almost a year and thought I'd give this Gentle Intermediate class a try as my hips flexors have been tight for sometime. It was a great pace, and really got into those tight muscle. I feel great!

Randomgirl01@hotmail.com
Randomgirl01@hotmail.com
December 5, 2017
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Too much "flow" for my liking. I have an injury, so I need to take the time to make sure that I have proper placement. By the time I got into position, it had moved on to the next one. I got the gist of it though, so I paused the video, and took out the plank/ down dog/plank/cobra sequences in between, and kind of did my own thing. I'm a bit sad that this came up under a hatha practice in my search, tbh

jbencke
jbencke
October 1, 2017
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Not just the hip flexors, but a super practice for my ability to do “sei-za” when visiting neighbors here in Japan (sitting on the heels in Hero’s pose)! With synovial fluid issues in the knees, this pose has been a problem for a long time, but I’m finding that doing this practice regularly is helping me in my battle with RA. Thank you!

lori onion
lori onion
July 2, 2017
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Gentle and deep - really felt the difference in my body pre vs post

stuessy
stuessy
June 15, 2017
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Long rides make my hips super tight. This session is time well invested.

cleofrossard
cleofrossard
May 10, 2017
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Reaaaally good class! As people are saying here in the comments, I had never put my thoughts on the elbows during facing dog. Thank you!
Obs.: I guess you forgot to stretch the left leg on the last stretching... Anyway, it was an amazing time of my day.

Petraathome
Petraathome
March 22, 2017
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Revelation 1: learning to use the glutes to target the hip flexors. Fabulous! Revelation 2: After all these years I finally understand how you are supposed to engage your arms in downward dog: elbows as if they bend back towards the knees/floor AND elbows squeezing in towards each other as if squeezing an imaginary beach ball. Brilliant! I'll have to work on that. Thank you, David. Namaste.

Michelle G
Michelle G
February 15, 2017
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I always learn something new from David. In this case the way he leads you into a downward dog is wonderful along with the careful instruction on stretching the hip flexors.

ccme
ccme
February 8, 2017
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The Best EVER!! Thank you.

lindaswany
lindaswany
January 26, 2017
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This targeted entirely new areas in the front of the hip. I used to assume hip flexors meant variations of pigeon, but you didn't even go there. Helped me isolate tight areas that have impeded my flexibility in other poses. So glad it was part of the 30 day challenge, or I might not have noticed it. Thank you!

mollybmoon
mollybmoon
January 26, 2017
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Phew! This 35 minutes helped me where I needed it. I always feel calmed and respected after listening to David's voice. thank you for this. I've done almost every day - except when I went to DC for the big march - and I feel competent and balances.

Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
November 13, 2016
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Another excellent class by the water (loved the sounds of the waves, and of the pebbles when you moved, David) - ahhhh!
Much needed and appreciated stretching of the hip flexors - great remedy not just for runners, also for cyclists and desk sitters like myself :-) Lots of variations, and good to notice which side is more open, and aim for balance.
The only reason why I only gave you 4 instead of 5 stars was because you forgot to do the counterstretch (I always love those and find them so important - thank you for integrating them!) in the end on the second side, and the transition into savasana was too fast for me. I needed and did a few side twists first. Other than that detail, excellent and bookmarked to re-visit often.
Big gratitude for these classes!

Heidiyogi
Heidiyogi
November 1, 2016
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u've made my day. I really feel the opening . Thank you , Namaste

jessiemayp
jessiemayp
October 28, 2016
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Hi David, thank you so much for the class! Unfortunately at minute 27, I am unable to get into the pose due to pain in my achilles tendons. Do you know any way in which I can address this? Namaste!

DeniseCS
DeniseCS
October 6, 2016
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Thank you David for another incredible class. I love your voice and your commentary and pose descriptions are the best. This realm opened up my hip flexor sand gave relief to my lower back.

LucyHB
LucyHB
October 3, 2016
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I've been doing lots of David's classes, along with Fiji's Yoga For Runners and Yoga For Atheletes classes, in preparation for my first marathon. Did the marathon yesterday, and today I did this class, along with David's Healthy Hamstrings class - now feel much less stiff and sore. I really credit Do Yoga With Me with keeping me injury free while running, and have enormous amounts of gratitude to all involved. Thank you David!

goldgirl202024
goldgirl202024
September 11, 2016
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more of a (experienced) beginner video but i like all the unique stretches! did not take hard breathing i was able to do it even tho im sick great video(:

philjw3012
philjw3012
March 3, 2016
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I liked this video, but at the end he forgets to strecth out the left leg as he did the right leg, by holding the toes and tucking the head towards the knee.