Hip-notic: Preparation for Yoga Nidrasana

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Michelle takes you through a 75-minute class that moves gradually and intelligently into deeper and deeper poses, eventually completing the class with yoga nidrasana, or yogic sleeping pose. She has an incredible attention to detail and awareness of body alignment so each pose is done safely and effectively.

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Melanie Lichtinger
Melanie Lichtinger
May 31, 2020
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Beautiful loooong hip openers, and very clear detailed instructions - feeling regenerated and open. Thank you, Michele!

AJVane
AJVane
May 17, 2020
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I dunno, I thought her commentary and reminders about alignment were useful. It's easy to unintentionally "cheat" in poses like these , sacrificing long-term strength, flexibility and form for what looks like short-term gain. Without clear instructions, people going from intermediate to advanced might get stuck wondering why the more challenging poses are inaccessible or why their joints bother them. I've been practicing for a decade and still have to remind myself sometimes to stay aligned properly rather than "cheat" my way into poses.

bloom yoga
bloom yoga
July 15, 2019
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Have to agree with the constant chatter (incessant really), particularly in a long class with long holds, there was little opportunity to revel in the poses in silence.

Otherwise a great hip class.

Helenita
Helenita
July 15, 2018
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Such an amazing practice to open the hips and low back. Michelle guides in a very detailed and thorough manner, always making sure we take care of our joints. Loved it and will repeat for sure!

freshang23
freshang23
July 8, 2018
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Hello hips. If they need some love- do this class. Lots of talking, but much of her instruction felt helpful. I’m not sure how this classs popped up at the top of my home screen, but I am so glad it did. This peak pose feels like it might take me one million millimeter miracles to obtain, but nevertheless she persisted.

Irishlove
Irishlove
June 30, 2018
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I LOVED this focused class. There is a wealth of alignment tips (so essential when you practice on your own) and deep openings. It's definitely advanced. Listening to multiple alignment cues when you are less than advanced can be frustrating and distracting; I found it extremely helpful. This is a great "day off" practice and focuses on specific areas. I was able to do everything, including Yogi Nidra on the right side, but my left side said "NO!" I am going to bookmark this page and come back to measure my progress in the future. I would really love to see more lengthy, focused classes like this one. Namaste from Ireland.

candicela
candicela
July 4, 2017
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This class is a challenge as I have very tight hips, but I feel incredible relief with the poses and gain deeper stretches due to the on-point anatomic instruction/cues. I love the total focus on the hips and holding the poses longer. Wonderful class!

mrswright2015
mrswright2015
June 2, 2017
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Beyond the constant chatter, which may or may not have caused me to yell at the video when we got to corpse pose, I really, really enjoyed this sequence of poses. It left my body feeling very open and ready for a good sleep. Thank you Michelle and team.

framela
framela
September 8, 2017
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I am seconding this comment about the chatter. I would have like more silence. The series was very nice, but difficult to really get into and let my mind clear.

LucyHB
LucyHB
June 17, 2016
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What a fantastic class - a complete change of pace from the fast flows I normally do, but it's far from easy - the long holds are challenging, but the perfectly clear instructions helped me move deeper into poses than I ever have before. My hips and legs feel wonderfully stretched. Many thanks!

nadturg
nadturg
April 24, 2016
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Great class, great progression and explanations, the pace was perfect to really connect to oneself. Thank you!

samthurmond
samthurmond
April 3, 2016
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Holy hips! Thanks for this pattern.
I felt great during and immediately after.
Just now, one day after, my hips are open like revolving doors!
haha thank you

Sethster
Sethster
August 10, 2015
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Was able to get into a few poses I had not been able to do yet, thanks so much for explaining how to get into them so adequately!

dorianm
dorianm
July 23, 2015
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This class is exceptional. It is well-paced, impeccably guided and sequenced intelligently to allow for yoga nidrasana as the peak posture. Very nice!

launonenanna
launonenanna
April 4, 2015
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This was a perfect class for a hot (30+ celcius) day's evening: no vinyasa and long holds was just right for opening the body and focusing the mind without creating too much heat. Thank you.

HoneySquirrels
HoneySquirrels
August 12, 2014
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Thank you so much. This class gave me the best deep hip opening I have experienced in years, I have been searching for something exactly this style, and the long poses feel great and seem as though there is enough time to make actual progress. Thank you for tirelessly detailing proper pose techniques and giving advice on how to deepen and advance the postures. I have been taking yoga classes once or twice a week for a few years now, but never any advanced classes and I feel like I have not been challenged much at all.

I wasn't able to get my legs behind my head this time, but I came astonishingly close, much closer than I thought I'd be able to do! I am extremely excited to see what regular practice will do for my flexibility.

Infinite many thanks to you for creating this video, I am deeply grateful! I sobbed openly during savasana, it was such a deep release (glad I was in my living room). I did it right before bed and had an extremely comfortable deep sleep, when normally my legs and hips and lower back feel very tight and sometimes restless.

Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!

HappyHappyJoyJoy
HappyHappyJoyJoy
April 20, 2013
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I'm 53 years old. I had a daily yoga practice much of my adult life but have stepped back in recent years. My first experience with this class has brought an openness and flow to my back that I haven't experienced in so long.... Thank you so much Michelle. A few of your tips guided me so deeply. I am very grateful.

jhussey
jhussey
August 27, 2012
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This is one of the first yoga classes I did on this site and now having done many of the other ones- which have all been great - I still love coming back to this class and stretching out my tight hips. Michelle has such a wonderful way of presenting her tips and insight that she always makes me smile. Some day, I'll take the bus for the full trip, but right now I am happy to get off at happy baby :)

juniperblue
juniperblue
June 19, 2012
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I've done this class several times now, and I finally was able to get to the final pose, Yoga Nidrasana. It wasn't as pretty as yours, but hopefully someday! Thank you for the wonderful class!

mollyjean99
mollyjean99
April 27, 2012
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I was up for a challenge today and this class brought it -wonderful!