Side Stretches and Twists

Beginner II

This satisfying hatha yoga class with Melissa combines two great movements for your spine - side stretching and twists. You’ll feel so good (and tall!) after this class. It’s especially great for those that spend a lot of time on the computer and/or sit for long periods of time.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 10 of Grounding and Strength 14-Day Beginner Yoga Challenge.

Side Stretches and Twists Playlist (to be played with the class)

Click on playlist below and press play when the class begins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: You will need a subscription for access to Apple Music, and for music to play ad-free on Spotify and YouTube Music. You will also need to adjust the volume to your preference.

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NancyPants
April 21, 2021
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Always love Melissa's delivery, she has the best classes.

MaryRose Metcalfe
April 13, 2021
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Thanks again Melissa. Always love your gate poses and the slower process of getting to a relaxed twist.

Leah-joojoo
April 13, 2021
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I've had a really sore lower back the past couple of days so have done a few classes on here to try and help. This one was fantastic. I love how Melissa offers different options and levels to suit, and love love love how she got us into reclined twist, starting on your side then opening up the shoulder, as opposed to starting on your back and dropping your legs to the side. I've never done it this way before but it definitely felt safer for my back doing it this way. Wonderful stretchy, relaxing class and Melissa has a lovely way of leading the class. Felt great after this.

Gitti
April 3, 2021
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Another worderful c;ass from Melissa. Thanks! I am all twisted and turned out:)
I also do appreciate that your give cues for left or right.

SMZalokar
March 20, 2021
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What a lovely class! "What if you took the pose that was right for your body instead of the pose you think you should do?" Great question and invitation. How great to normalize teaching to a spectrum of body capabilities and offer the advanced pose as a variation. Thank you. Namaste.

oakhazel
March 9, 2021
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What a great lesson - perfect pace. Very relaxing. I really liked this one. Thank you for giving the instructions for which side to use - left or right - it really helps as one tends to forget which leg one used the first time around.

radhike
February 11, 2021
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This is the practice I would love to return to at least once a week. Very relaxing. Thanks for very detailed instructions and ease of spacing.

Kitkatkatey
January 27, 2021
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Beautiful. I love the gentleness of Melissa's classes. I always feel so well cared for.

Gorgeous playlist too

penelopemf
January 22, 2021
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Excellent! Greatly appreciate the slow flow to truly feel my body adjust to each form. With a fused lower back and broken upper, this gets into the crinks! Thank you!

cpaula
January 15, 2021
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My husband and I do your classes several times a week. We thoroughly enjoy your pacing, your instructions and your presence. Thank you for such lovely teaching.

jenniferdstevens
January 13, 2021
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I will definitely be returning to this practice. The perfect slow-flow with a relaxing soundtrack to boot! My body feels so spacious and relaxed. Thank you, Melissa!

debkiger
January 11, 2021
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Spacious. That’s how I feel after sharing this practice with Melissa. Lovely, as all of her classes are.

carveysh
January 11, 2021
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This was a great slow, relaxing flow to elongate my spine after a long day at my desk in front of the computer. There were some unique poses that I appreciated. I would have liked some additional check ins for the positioning of my hips in the warrior poses and cobra. Also, it's my personal preference to not just step back into warrior poses, I feel like the positioning of my feet is never right when I do that. I'll be coming back to this class!

moflrnz
January 11, 2021
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Great class! Melissa's classes are always a safe bet. And it's worth playing the music that goes with it; I was pleasantly surprised by the playlist... Some of the songs are not your classic yoga tunes, and go very well with the most "active" part of the class. Loved it!

Christoph
January 9, 2021
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Nice and gentle stretches for days when energy is low

Neita
January 9, 2021
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:( The video stalled out at the 35 min mark "an error occurred while loading this video". It was a very lovely class up til then! I enjoyed the variety of movements as well as the pace of it.

Melissa Krieger
January 9, 2021
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Oh no, that's such a drag! I just tested it and it went all the way through for me. It might be on your end with your connection or device. How anticlimactic! Hopefully you get all the way through the next time. Glad you liked it until then!