Bend and Stretch

Beginner I
As she did in her popular Twist and Stretch class, Melissa guides you gently through a series of lovely, effective poses, focusing on bending but covering the entire body in an calm, attentive way. Always aware of alignment, Melissa's classes are absolutely perfect for the beginners, gentle yoga lovers, inflexible athletes and 55+, among others.


Existing Comments

October 22, 2021
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Beautifully relaxing practice. Thank you Melissa.

June 18, 2021

This is my go-to class when I'm in a funk and can't decide what to do. It is one of the very first classes I did when I came across DYWM back in 2015 and I keep coming back to it constantly. It's a perfect length, very balanced (ha! no pun intended!), and of course Melissa's soothing voice makes everything so much better. I love the tortoise pose which you don't see too often anywhere!

January 30, 2021

phenomenal. I'm recovering from a significant knee and foot surgery as well as a severly strained back. I was nervous to overdo but Melissa's class was perfect. She is very good at reminding you to go at your own pace and explaining adaptations. No pain and this is helping me safely recover.
December 29, 2020

I am returning to yoga very slowly after a 10 day hiatus to heal an injured shoulder. This pace and flow or just right and I feel so much better discovering there is yoga I can do safely. Any other suggestions for continuing with a shoulder “in recovery” mode?
Many thanks. I love so many of your classes.

Melissa Krieger
December 31, 2020

Hello! I would suggest the wrist free class I filmed - Happy Wrists Yoga - and that takes your shoulder out of the class as well. And I tend not to do a ton of sun salutations in many of classes, anything listed as Hatha (rather than Vinyasa) would fit as well. And have you checked out my Basics and Beyond Challenge? That doesn't have a ton of sun salutations. Hope you find something that fits!

December 23, 2020

Hi Melissa, I wanted to thank you for this class - it is my go-to session whenever I need some nurturing yoga. I even did it the morning of my wedding a few years ago! Your class for anxiety is perfect for the times, and I will check out your other classes you mention below. Namaste from Strasbourg, France, x

MaryRose Metcalfe
December 13, 2020

This was a great all-over-body stretch class for the beginner-to-inter. program which I am doing. But you know what would make this even better, would be to add another 10 minutes on the time of this practice so that we could hold some of these lovely stretches just a bit longer. I will bookmark this for the day I just need to stretch.

December 12, 2020

Hello I looooooooove this class!! And keep coming back to it! So wonderful.
Thank you.
I haven't ventured very far in all the lessons and wondered if I may ask what might be recommended for more of the same? I've done the 7 day challenge with you too and keep coming back to those classes as well. I suppose I should also be adding strength exercises to my practice too, but not sure where to begin in yoga with this?

Melissa Krieger
December 16, 2020

Hi Heather! I am so glad you love the class! I took a peek through some of my other classes and would recommend my livestreamed class from August 2020, Go with the Flow, Deep Hip Opening Flow, Flow Yoga to Energize, Core Stretch and Strength and my first DYWM class ever - Bend and Stretch. That should give you plenty to play with for the next little while. Have fun!

November 15, 2020

Second time around. Lovely lesson - nice and slow and good stretching. Would prefer it without the music though.

November 5, 2020

This was my favorite class when starting to do yoga a couple of years ago. Really nice to reflect back on the time that have passed sine then. Both in my life in general, but also my body after a wile of yoga. This class may not be as challenging for me now as it was before, but still a lovely full body stretch!
August 18, 2020

#dywm2020newyearschallenge This is my go to class when I want a quick and fantastic bend and stretch!

August 11, 2020

I have to thank you so much for this wonderful class - it resolves my back pain for the day, it nourishes my heart too, so calming. I am now practising every day rather then relying on medication - I can’t tell you how grateful I am.
Namaste ♥️

July 20, 2020

Thank you! That was wonderful. Great for all levels - not just beginners. JUST what I needed this morning. Thank you!!!

July 13, 2020

Thank you. Great training for an old fat guy. I loved it.

CJ Paganelli
June 15, 2020

Thank you, Mellisa for this much needed class. Sheltering in place has me teaching online, not moving as much and getting stiff. This will become a regular for me any time I feel the need to stretch and breath deeper. With gratitude!!!

May 12, 2020

Thanks Melissa, I love this class, it was one of the first DYWM I found on utube and I come back to it regularly. You always make me feel comfortable , I'm pretty stiff and inflexible though that is improving greatly with daily practice but your style feels very inclusive and comfortable. Thanks for all your work.

April 21, 2020

That was a wonderful afternoon practice. Thank you so much, Melissa‼️

April 20, 2020

Loved this class. This is a good one for me as I had hip surgery two years agao and the stretches are helpful and soothing for the body. Namaste.

April 13, 2020

I absolutely loved this. The combination of her soothing voice with the gentle music is so relaxing. The pace is perfect for calming down. I like that there is not too much lying around and breathing but there is still an emphasis on breathing with the gentle movements. The setting also contributes to the relaxing mood. Thank you so much.

March 16, 2020

Great class, perfect for my needs at 55 with fibromyalgia. I’m trying to figure out a way to keep track of the classes that work well for me. Is there a way to bookmark or create a personalized plan for myself?

March 17, 2020

You can bookmark the class, yes. Below the class video, there is a bookmark symbol. Click on it, and it will bookmark it and let you put any comments you would like to note about it before you bookmark it.

December 25, 2019

excellent Video & Amazing Yoga In Peaceful Environment i Love It. Yoga Is So Important for weight loss and fitness

December 24, 2019

Great class. I am 62 and it found it well-paced, easy to follow and really beneficial. I downloaded because I intend to make it part of my wellness routine. Thank you

December 15, 2019

Lovely class, so peaceful. Except for the music - too loud and detracts from the lesson even though it is nice music.

November 12, 2019

It is a great class that I truly enjoy! But is there any way that I can lower the back ground music???

Kelly Bouchard
November 12, 2019

Kelly from DoYogaWithMe here. Unfortunately, no, there is no way to lower the background music. This is part of the reason why most of our newer classes do not have any background music on them; to avoid these sorts of complications. Really sorry about that!

November 11, 2019

Very gentle stretching practice...nice for winding down before bed. Thanks!

September 16, 2019

This class was perfect after a workday mostly on my feet. Coming back to yoga after an injury and this practice accommodated limitations but still allowed me to move as fully into a posture as was comfortable. Will definitely revisit this class often.

September 10, 2019

I just need to say; this video was one of the first classes I tried when I first joined DoYogaWithMe back in 2014. To this day, it is still one my absolute favourite classes to always come back to (Melissa's "Core Strength and Stretch" is another go-to favourite when I'm feeling a bit more of a challenge/strength). This video is the perfect amount of relaxation and stretch, combined with the soft piano music and perfect cues and instruction. Thank you Melissa.

August 14, 2019

A great class for me to relax from a stressful day at work. It works out the tightness in muscles and is super relaxing! Love the setting and Melissa’s clear instructions.

July 23, 2019

This was just what I needed after a more demanding class yesterday resulted in some sore muscles. It left me feeling lightened and opened up, while giving those muscles a gentle workout. The narration was perfect. Thank you, Melissa.

June 10, 2019

Thank you Melissa! This is a great session. I sincerely appreciate it.
June 6, 2019

Her voice instructions were not very help, I kept having to strain to look at the screen. The flow also felt a bit off and I stopped the video halfway. On a positive note, her voice was very soft and slow so a perfect practice before bedtime.

May 9, 2019

Felt really nice and relaxing. Short and sweet.

April 16, 2019

This class was so nice for stretching and getting the kinks out of my back after a hard workout yesterday. I will be coming back to this one often to help me feel loose and revitalized!


This is my go to session whenever feeling achy or sluggish. Nice stretches that wake the body up and make me feel alive. Love Melissa’s voice, clear and easy to follow. Thank you Melissa