Hip Flexor Heaven

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Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.6 (261 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


Good for snowboarders!
janelleleclair 4 years ago

I'm a snowboarder and just finished a big day riding on the hill. This was a great class to stretch my hip flexors which get a solid workout while snowboarding. I like that there was a bit of shoulder stretching as well since those get stressed while riding too sometimes. I'll be doing this one again, thanks!

DarlingLaura 4 years ago

I haven't done yoga for a while and chose this tutorial to get back into it, as it was quite short. It was very challenging in parts and I'll be doing it again to see how my flexibility is improving. Already feeling looser.

lauraclev 4 years ago

I just found this site and this was a wonderful class -- as a runner and climber, this was exactly what I needed. Thank you!!

Wonderful class
Brwayne244 4 years ago

thank you for the opportunity to take a new class and push myself to find more flexibility, acceptance, and commitment.

Thank you David!
Shogun 4 years ago

Amazing class! Thanks, really!

great stretch for hip flexors and lower back
Sarah NN3 4 years ago

David, thank you for this new video! I have been loving your site for a over a year now. You make it easy for a busy homeschooling homeopath to find time in my day for yoga. I always find that, on days when I do yoga, I go about the rest of my day feeling much more centered and calm. I love the variety of videos on your site and the many videos for intermediate yogis. Your cuing is perfect and makes it easy to get in and out of some of these poses which are different than the typical poses used in many yoga videos.

I do have a couple questions for you:
-When in the pose with legs spread wide, doing a forward bend with the hands clasped behind the back, what is the priority for the arms? My shoulders like to go past the point of vertical, more down towards my head (which is near the ground); is the intent to be stretching up towards the ceiling instead?

-Also, in the same pose, when my head starts to rest on the ground (later in the practice when my muscles and tendons are more warmed up), would you suggest that the head/neck stay in a neutral position, or is it fine to roll onto the back of my head?

Maybe the answer is just to do whatever feels good, but I'm a detail-oriented person :)

Thank you,

Answer to questions
David Procyshyn 4 years ago

Hi Sarah.

First, thank you for the kind words and great feedback.

To answer your questions, you are right in your last comment, it's what feels good. It sounds like you have great flexibility in your shoulders and legs, so if you are able to raise your arms so they end up going behind your head, then that's fine. It's important to point out that you don't need more flexibility there, though, so there's no need to push yourself. And yes, rolling onto the back of your head is fine, as long as you aren't putting any weight on the head.

Take care,

DoYogaWithMe.com Founder

Thanks for the pointers
Sarah NN3 4 years ago

Hi David,
Thanks for the pointers about not needing to increase flexibility in the shoulders (so I will just let my arms go where they are comfy but not try to further the stretch) and about not putting weight on the head. I'm so glad I asked, as these are the types of things I would have found out in an in-person class but that can be missed in the online experience!

My flexibility seems different than many; the hardest stretch for me is forward bend with the legs together. My hamstrings are naturally the tightest muscles in my body. I've seen so many people that naturally can just bend forward and put their hands on their feet or the floor, whereas I had to work up to that and still find I am tightest in that stretch.

My back, hips, and shoulders, though, seem to be much more flexible than is typical. So it is interesting because there are some poses that many people find very beneficial that do nothing for me, such as the standing side-stretch pose, where the body is in a warrior 2-type position with the back arm stretching up over the head towards the front of the mat. I can never feel any stretch in that pose at all, so I just focus on getting into good form and breathing. Triangle pose, on the other hand, is a huge favorite for me.

Thanks again!

great feeling following
Lezuz 4 years ago

great feeling following