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Maintain Alignment in Lying Poses

Beginner I
In this gentle hatha yoga class, David pays close attention to alignment as he guides you through a series of poses that are all done lying down. Many of the poses will focus on the legs and lower back.
Equipment:
  • Strap
  • Blankets
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paulli
paulli
April 8, 2022
Comment:

Thanks ….I find leg stretches using the strap a welcome ‘opening’ movement for lengthening hamstrings and adding flexibility too. Because I enjoy the sensation I add this movement to my floor practice often with the purpose of keeping strong and straight legs as the years progress.

PianoWire
PianoWire
December 13, 2020
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This was far too intense for me. I've been working on hamstring flexibility for more than two years, but still I couldn't get both legs more than 45 degrees off the floor; with one leg down, the other wouldn't lift more than 30 degrees. Even those positions were so intense I couldn't hold them as long as you asked. I'm starting to dread yoga lessons that use a strap to stretch the backs of my legs. Can you recommend an alternative for those of us who just aren't flexible?

PianoWire
PianoWire
December 16, 2020
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Yes, with a generous bend in the knees I feel a strong, but not excruciating, hamstring stretch when both feet are in the strap. Bent knees also allow me to get my legs above my pelvis, so I don't need to pull as hard on the strap or my abs to hold them in place. The single-leg variation is more challenging, but I can hold it if I bend both knees: a big bend in the raised knee (not quite a happy baby) and a medium bend in the lowered knee. Thanks for the suggestion.

Natasha Prosser
Natasha Prosser
April 28, 2020
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Day 3 thank you again for a great class, really gaining a sense of centre and balance.

Jimbob
Jimbob
January 31, 2019
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And I thought that was going to be easy. But just what I needed.

Decorbeck
Decorbeck
January 29, 2019
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Feel so much better in my hips from this class

Mamanp
Mamanp
January 28, 2019
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Thanks for a great start for this Monday morning!

bronwynhegarty
bronwynhegarty
January 28, 2019
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I had to do this class at the end as I'd missed this earlier when starting further in, and it was great to get the refresher.

Amazon2010
Amazon2010
January 24, 2019
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great practice...short and sweet but meaningful. look forward to next practice. great facilitator.

Guruji
Guruji
January 16, 2019
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Very good stretching for the legs and hips. Love David's coaching all through. Really helps! Thank you!

Brandycat
Brandycat
January 15, 2019
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Day 3 of the yoga challenge with my 14 year old daughter . We do curse a bit holding the poses-who knew that being perfectly still could be so challenging?-, but we feel fabulous afterward-healthy, strong, ready! Thanks David and team. I first came across this site 5 years ago while volunteering in Viet Nam-I am now in a position to subscribe and loving it.

cocosbog2
cocosbog2
January 15, 2019
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Wonderful, relaxing class with you. My only concern was that, in my mid 70's yet quite healthy, I'm unable to cross my left leg even with the help of a bolster. Is it okey to stretch my legs out instead of the posture you used?

Carol

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
January 16, 2019
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Hi Carol. Yes, it's absolutely ok to stretch your legs out instead. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that you may want to try to increase the flexibility in the area that is preventing you from sitting that way. So can you prop yourself up higher or adapt so that the position is possible, even for a couple minutes?

nanzen
nanzen
January 12, 2019
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Excellent class! Thank you, David. A new concept for me -lying down Tadasana,

dssolnik
dssolnik
January 12, 2019
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David explains the alignment and poses very clearly. He is an excellent instructor.

Monica Semington
Monica Semington
January 11, 2019
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Hi David!
Thanks again for the wonderful class.
I am enjoying the short classes, because it is very gentle way to get back in shape.
Thank you
Monica

Nyki306
Nyki306
January 10, 2019
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What a great way to recover from a 4 hour plane ride.

Tina S
Tina S
January 9, 2019
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Thanks, David. I’m noticing that my hips have been more flexible since the first class. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.

paulm.metcalfe@outlook.com
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January 9, 2019
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A short but powerful session to start the day. I’ve only just purchased a strap and for a relatively small amount of money have found it so much better than improvising.

tharpin
tharpin
January 8, 2019
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Alignment; so important, so easy to push past. I love beginner yoga; this video is so calm and slow with great instructions. The re is no better feeling then great alignment.

MillyB
MillyB
January 7, 2019
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Short but good. I love the way David ends each session with the relaxation of the body.

MillyB
MillyB
January 7, 2019
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Short but good. I love the way David ends each session with the relaxation of the body.

Lnala
Lnala
January 7, 2019
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David does a great job with explaining everything you do in detail. It's great !

jenpen
jenpen
January 7, 2019
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Another great class - I love the use of the strap and the emphasis on keeping the feet flexed is very helpful!

mmsanford
mmsanford
January 6, 2019
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things are soooo tight that it is making me nauseated to stretch! Good news this is helping :)

Kirstinj23
Kirstinj23
January 5, 2019
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I wish it was a touch longer and incorporated a bit of stretching for the quads. All the foot flexing makes the tops of my feet sore - I need to strengthen my feet and ankles for sure

Sharyl M
Sharyl M
January 5, 2019
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Seems so simple and yet I am reminded of how intense these poses really are. Boy am I out of shape! But I feel it coming back :)

BeckiJane
BeckiJane
January 5, 2019
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Nice reminders of how to keep an open heart whilst lying down.

perfecta25
perfecta25
January 5, 2019
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Great outhip loosening, also great after the glute workout from yesterday #sorebuns haha

LilySavage
LilySavage
January 4, 2019
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A bit shorter than I'd have liked, but a very good review. Some new cues and things to incorporate into lying poses going forward!

carolinew
carolinew
January 4, 2019
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Perfect class for after a long dogwalk tonight.

DeeCoop
DeeCoop
January 4, 2019
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Not enough flexibility to enjoy this one

MC Lessard
MC Lessard
January 4, 2019
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I was expecting that each class would be at least 25 - 30 min. in length.

Payorks
Payorks
January 4, 2019
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Loved the work on my hips! Some popping of the joint but I feel like it was a really good stretch.