Hip Flexor Heaven

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.6 (287 votes)
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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.

Equipment: Block
Style: Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Back Care


David Procyshyn 5 years ago

Thanks, Teo.

Yes, it's possible to have tight hips. Or tight hamstrings, groin, back, shoulders... etc. We're all born with our little quirks and certain areas are just more responsive to stretching and strengthening than others. Mine tight area is my hip flexors. Everyone is different, but I find that I can see progress if I stretch them every day. It has to be every day, or I don't really get anywhere.

So you might want to try that. Be aware of how your body is responding, though, so you don't over do it. And be ok if you still don't see results. :-)

Take care,

David Procyshyn
DoYogaWithMe Founder

azndomer23 5 years ago

Hi David,

I really enjoy using doyogawithme.com. I found this video in particular to be very helpful for someone with tight hips from running and sitting at a desk all day. I do have one question for you. When doing the stretches where you are sitting back on top of one of your feet (starts at about 27:39 in the video), is it common to feel a lot of strain on the top of your ankle, even with a prop underneath your hips? The strain on the top of my ankle is the limiter of how far I can go in the stretch (which for me is really not going back at all). I'm curious if it's because I'm doing the stretch wrong, or if it's a fairly common issue that can be worked out over time. Any advice/ tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, David. I love the site!


David Procyshyn 5 years ago

Hi Scott.

Yes, that's common, particularly if your ankle joints are tight. Try rolling up a small towel and placing it under your ankle when you do that quad stretch. You may need to find the right thickness through trial and error.



flowlikeh2o 5 years ago

I have chronic hip/back issues from a history of muay thai, work and auto accidents, and being a professional student (many many hours on the computer). The hammies/hip/lower back video has been incredible, but realizing my psoas and related connective tissue is extremely restricted on one side, I decided to try this video.

Your instruction on how to align the femur and pelvis before firing the glut has finally allowed me to stretch the psoas on that side in a way that reflects the type of dysfunction I experience. In other words, the compensation in posture I've developed has made it very hard to stretch it c orrectly. However, this video was incredibly intense, and I had trouble making it through.

Do you recommend another video before continuing with this, or should I just focus on form and getting the best stretch I can, in the beginning of the poses without trying to dive deeper into them?

Thanks so much.

David Procyshyn 5 years ago

It sounds like you're making some good progress. I would recommend frequently stretching out your hip flexors throughout the week. A few times a day wouldn't be too much, as long as they aren't getting sore. Keep doing this class, but don't push it too much until you feel like your hips have a little more mobility.

It'll come. Sometimes it just take time.


DoYogaWithMe Founder

beccaloove 5 years ago

This is hands down THE most effective class on this site for me! I've been dealing with a chronic back injury for 3 years and have developed extreme pain and tightness in my hips. This class opened my hips up so beautifully. The class was incredibly thorough, progressive, and David was so knowledgable... My hips have never felt so relaxed and I can actually feel the flow through my feet. I had no idea I was so blocked until releasing it all in this amazing class! I'll definitely be practicing this class every week.

Jhoanna Mukai 5 years ago

Love the class! The details of how the muscles should be activated really helps me feel the same pose I've been doing on a deeper level.

stacey2545 5 years ago

This class is the perfect counterpoint to your classes for the hips, hamstrings, and back. Too often when people have pain and tension in the glutes and low back, they focus on stretching the muscles on the back of the body, forgetting that those muscles are affected by the counter pull of the front. I've been struggling with a disc issue in my lumbar spine for the last year and had hit a recovery plateau. Just the improvement I've had the last few days as I've done this class and your two for the hips and hamstrings is amazing. My posture has improved. My hips are looser, my back stronger. And your cues for downward dog have fixed an alignment issue that has aggravated my shoulder for years. This whole class felt amazing AND gave me a more intense workout than I've been able to do in over a year. Thank you so much!

sungreen 5 years ago

Namaste. I will use this regularly as I suffer chronic bursitis in my hip. After this mornings workout, I was having some hip pain and felt the need for a good stretch- this session was AMAZING! Thank you kindly :)