Playing the Edge

David Procyshyn
Instructor David Procyshyn
Average: 4.4 (108 votes)
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This Hatha yoga class is about Playing the Edge - exploring the point at which you feel the stretch. It begins with Sun Salutations, then flows into a challenging floor sequence that includes twists, binds, side bends.... an awesome full body opening! It finishes with an 11-minute relaxation.

Equipment: Strap
Style: Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Strength


scanlanmd 6 years ago

This was my first hatha class. I normally enjoy a vigorous vinyasa flow and being so new to yoga I decided to branch out and give this a try! I found myself in tears after this session, it was a HUGE emotional release for me. Thank you David and DYWM for these great videos!!

amanda 6 years ago

A lot of this sequence seemed to require strength and length I just didn't have for some pretty basic stretching. It would have been great to have some modifications for those of us whose arms will never wrap around our backs. I've liked most of the practices here, but this one just isn't for me.

Madiantin 7 years ago

I loved this class! I am a beginner, with very tight runner/cyclist hips, hamstrings, and shoulders. I was able to do this class with modifications. It definitely emphasized where I was tight. During one particular hip lift I wasn't even able to lift my hip off the floor! Had no idea I was so tight. All the postures felt *so good*.

I also especially enjoyed the music. I loved the syncopation at the beginning that encouraged me to get warm, followed by the slower music that allowed me to focus on the poses.

Very much appreciated the wakening tones at the very end; I'd totally fallen asleep. =)

Thank you very much.

earthmama 7 years ago

Great class! I felt like a pretzel, but was able to complete all the poses. Good transition from beginner to intermediate. Thanks!

rml244 7 years ago

Lots of stretches through the shoulders and hips.

adamdub 7 years ago

I just did the "Playing the Edge" flow and I thought it was a great exercise- I did have some difficulties that I wanted to share for future reference. The first is that even though I have practiced yoga for some time, I didn't have the ankle flexibility for a lot of the sequences in the middle. This caused me some physical pain and I had to make significant modifications to the poses- I wish that these modifications had been offered explicitly by the instructor, but maybe my ankles are more inflexible than most.

My other feedback is near the end of the sequence the instructor asks the user to produce a strap, which I was unprepared for. I had to interrupt my practice to go find a belt, which wasn't the most inconvenient thing ever but a little jarring.

Other than that I was really pleased with this workout- and I'll be doing it again!

David Procyshyn 7 years ago

Hi there.

Thanks for taking the time to give us that great feedback.

In regards to the strap, equipment that is included in each class is listed underneath the video, after 'Equipment'. It's a good idea to check there before starting, in case the instructor doesn't mention it at the beginning of the video.

All the best,


lryoshida 7 years ago

I like the hip lifts in between the seated poses. Heron pose was cool too. I did find, though, that the music, especially in the first half of the class, was distracting. Perhaps the volume was a little high compared to the voice. The savasana really got to dreamland...this time. Thanks :0)

energiayoga 7 years ago

Nice sequencing but I really needed a much better warm up. Maybe some Sur B's would have helped. No options for injured knees though....