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Yin Yoga for the Hips and Hamstrings

Intermediate I

The deep release you experience from yin yoga can stay with you for days, and Sarah's choice of yoga poses for this 60-minute yin yoga class are fantastic. As you can expect, deep stretches can be hard to do, but they provide the greatest sense of relief once you're done. Sarah helps you get through it with her gentle, encouraging guidance and her soft smile. Note: to learn how to make your own bolster at home, click here.

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  • Block
  • Bolster
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TFinn734
TFinn734
August 16, 2022
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Wow! I didn’t know what to expect, but things that used to hurt don’t hurt after class.

Mikeyv70
Mikeyv70
June 3, 2022
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Really enjoy Sarah’s yin yoga classes and her gentle, calming and soothing voice and style. Thank you Sarah!

DonnaDorey
DonnaDorey
May 5, 2022
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5
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Great class, beautiful soothing voice, felt great afterwards.

Melanie50
Melanie50
April 14, 2022
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Beautiful. I love this practice and Sarah's soothing voice. Thank you!

Hoooliah
Hoooliah
March 13, 2022
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This class is my absolute favorite. I'd never done Yin before but after 25 years of running and 10 years of mountain biking, I sure wish I had discovered it before now! I've done this class 4-5 times now and already, my flexibility has improved drastically. Sarah, I love how you guide through the postures, offering alternatives and also addressing the emotional/mental aspect of exploring these moves. I really like the soundtrack, too! It's kind of "discordant" which, to me, pairs nicely with the body and mind's exploration of this challenging (but highly beneficial) practice.
I'd love to see more Yin practices like this!

sutterbalke
sutterbalke
March 20, 2022
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I 100% agree with this comment! I've been running for 16+ years and have done this practice about 4 times - 1x/wk- and am noticing improvements! It is such a nice way to slow down as a person who uses yang so often in my life and finds it challenging to stay in any one position (comfortable or deep!) for more than a minute or two. Also as a physiotherapist, really notice and love the modifications that are abundantly offered! Thank you Sarah!

Namaste713
Namaste713
January 9, 2022
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That was really deep. This was the perfect class to work the facia and get some elasticity back in my legs and hips. Namaste!

lucidbee
lucidbee
December 13, 2021
Fivestar Rating:
5
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awesome. This pushes me in a good way.

sutterbalke
sutterbalke
December 11, 2021
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I'm used to doing vinyasa to supplement my running, but I committed to working 1 yin practice in per week during marathon training - LOVED this for my runner's hips. Thank you Sarah!

blechner
blechner
February 11, 2021
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Great Class Sarah. I enjoy Yin more and more. Thank you

debajane54
debajane54
December 24, 2020
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Thanks so much. Great practice. Helped me recenter and open my heart and hips.

dafrench
dafrench
October 18, 2020
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Excellent class. I struggle so much with Frog, and for the first time I was able to really find that sweet spot and release fully into the pose. Thank you!

Miguel Guilherme
Miguel Guilherme
May 2, 2020
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Thank you so much. The words you transmitted were in complete harmony with my thoughts during the practice.

jllangley12
jllangley12
March 23, 2020
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What a great class and it went by so quickly I was shocked when it was already time for savasana. Thank you so much for this gem. I immediately recommended it to my friends!

BobbiO
BobbiO
March 18, 2020
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Beautiful practice to bring me back into myself. I especially appreciated the deep hip openers. Namaste.

duroc017
duroc017
February 2, 2020
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Very strong and challenging sensations to move through in this practice, but it is amazingly effective and does offer some very deep releases. Felt great after I pushed myself a little too hard two days in a row after being inactive for a few days beforehand. I even feel more energized. Thank you, Sarah Jane and DYWM, as always!

Tranquil One
Tranquil One
January 7, 2020
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Found the class slow initially though can definitely feel the benefits of the poses held for long durations. The class is highly meditative and rejuvenating. Thanks Sarah! This is a beautiful practice and I will do it again!

Lana_Bear
Lana_Bear
July 24, 2019
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Fantastic! I agree with the comments that this is an intermediate class; I struggled - in the best way - with some of these poses. Sarah's guidance offers so many things to work on, there is a lot of wonderful room to grow with this sequence.

ruchita
ruchita
July 18, 2019
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such an amazing class! I was feeling so sore with my legs today (still recovering from my delivery and labor after 3 months). This class got my energy back. thank you!

kadman10
kadman10
June 17, 2019
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Wonderful and so healing for my tight hips. Loved it.

Johnv
Johnv
May 25, 2019
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I loved the class it was challenging but well worth it. I would like to see more Yin Yoga offered if possible, I feel that my body responds best to this type of yoga. Sara is a wonderful teacher I love her instruction and voice. Thank you for your site, I have not seen my chiropractor in a year.

tree3545
tree3545
March 2, 2019
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I just finished this class, A M A Z I N G ! I think of my self as a beginner but realize that I have been doing some kind of yoga for about 3 years. I do practice every day so maybe I am not a beginner anymore. My advice just take it slow and don't push you will be so happy with this class and the instruction is very clear.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

ktmrox11
ktmrox11
August 1, 2018
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I agree with many of the comments that have already been left- this was a wonderful, powerful class that gave me immediate, noticeable release in my hamstrings. Thank you Sarah! I loved the challenging sequence of postures, and will definitely be coming back to this class.
That said, I do NOT think this is a beginner's class. As a yin instructor myself, I hesitate to say that yin is ever a beginner's class, and I think that most of the poses used in this class were among the most difficult in yin. I'm worried that beginning yogis could injure themselves doing this class. Just because yin is slow does not mean it is easy!
Thank you again, Sarah, for a class that was challenging both for my body and mind. And a word of caution to fellow yogis :-)

ÀfricaRM
ÀfricaRM
August 18, 2018
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I took the yin class for the arms and shoulders and some days after this yin class for the hips, and there is a huge difference in intensity between them. Both are excellent, but I really thing that this class should be upgraded to an intermediate level: it can be really hard even for a flexible person with yoga experience. Namaste!

Tina S
Tina S
May 14, 2019
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David

I just did the class for the first time. It still says Beginners. I couldn’t do all the extended poses., but I still enjoyed what I could do. I can see myself doing this again in the future as I progress with my practice.

Rakti Devi
Rakti Devi
August 1, 2018
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Very deep and powerful, yet gently guided.
Showed me how tight my hips really are so will do this regularly.

Seanananda
Seanananda
June 27, 2018
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Thank you for this offering of Yin yoga.
I'm an experienced Yin practitioner and have been really enjoying the classes on DYWM. For some time now, my yoga practice has been non-existent. Recently, I found your website and a tonne of inspiration - so thanks to all the teachers making yoga available to people like me.

This particular class offers some rather advanced Yin postures that for whatever the reasons, the teacher really did not offer enough supportive direction on prop use. It's beautiful to see Sarah demonstrate the full expression of the poses, and if my body were as open as hers, maybe I would have had a different experience of the class.

I just can't give my "props" for a class that missed the opportunity to think about who does these classes, what bodies that are not as open need for support, and to SHOW this.
As a dude who really appreciates what is being offered here, I do not want to appear ungrateful. I simply think that a class called beginner should be presented with a "beginner's mind" -- and this class didn't do it for me.
Or, do I just have "angry hips?" lol.... no, I needed more guidance to use more props.

Lu
Lu
April 19, 2018
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I have never done a yin class before. That was powerful! Thank you so very much.

katielee23
katielee23
April 6, 2018
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My hips and hammies have definitely missed my yin practice! So glad I chose you class today Sarah Jane, thank you. I feel quite loose and waaaay less emotional and more centred now. Namaste.x

kavyav
kavyav
February 19, 2018
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I found it a bit too challenging and confusing despite having done similar exercises, felt unsure if I was doing things right, or I couldn't find a way to ease up when I found it too hard. I almost gave up but realized I was halfway through and I'm glad I stuck with it. I feel much better, and open, but still feel it was little less user friendly than the other videos. Thank you for your time

bronwynhegarty
bronwynhegarty
September 15, 2017
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Thank you Sarah that is a wonderful class. My hips feel incredibly stretched. I can see a lot of benefit in making this a regular practice.

emhenry
emhenry
August 17, 2017
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An excellent class! Just what I needed today and perfectly guided- thank you Sarah Jane! xx

Jchristman
Jchristman
August 5, 2017
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My knees ache after this particular video. I believe more instruction on how to hold the pigeon pose properly would have been beneficial. Other videos with the same pose do not cause me the same pain afterward.

jklebenov
jklebenov
July 20, 2017
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I like some of the other yin classes on here soooo much better for real relaxation with stretching benefit and loving yourself. This felt more like a restorative class with not enough guidance on how to use props to help the student relax into the poses. Too deep and strenuous for what I like to do yin for.

Helen Alford
Helen Alford
May 31, 2017
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I love this class and the one for shoulders - it really helps my practice, to stay still and to rebalance. Great teacher and great class.

Ktrirogoff
Ktrirogoff
May 23, 2017
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WOW! I have way too much yong...sitting still in this was beyond intense for me...This will become an every other day practice for me

shannonlyn
shannonlyn
May 21, 2017
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I actually started to cry settling into one of the first hip poses. I felt a deep release with these stretches. Later in the program she says something about not having reached the fullest expression of your yoga practice if you don't laugh or cry! Amazing. Thank you.

KennaMcG
KennaMcG
February 20, 2018
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Its common to hold emotions in certain parts of the body! Yoga and massage can help release the emotion held in the muscles!