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The Ultimate Shoulder Sequence

Beginner II

This slow, meditative Hatha yoga class is a thorough stretching of the shoulders and neck. You will be reminded throughout to return to an awareness of your body sensations as you flow through the poses. A 10-minute total body relaxation completes the class.

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  • Strap
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bronwynhegarty
bronwynhegarty
May 7, 2022
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incredibly relaxing and great to feel my upper body so stretched. I adapted and sat on a block with legs out front or bent in a V shape as I couldn't sit on my knees.

PianoWire
PianoWire
March 31, 2022
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1
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The kneeling position caused too much quad stretch for me. I stopped at 10 minutes, when I couldn't tolerate the increasing pain in my quads.

PianoWire
PianoWire
March 31, 2022
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The kneeling position caused too much quad stretch for me. I stopped at 10 minutes, when I couldn't tolerate the increasing pain in my quads.

PianoWire
PianoWire
March 31, 2022
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The kneeling position caused too much quad stretch for me. I stopped at 10 minutes, when I couldn't tolerate the increasing pain in my quads.

Nouf31
Nouf31
March 17, 2022
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Just starting the beginners programme, really loved this first session :-)

belindapenn@gmail.com
belindapenn@gmail.com
February 6, 2022
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I have been out of shape for sometime. Have to get surgery in 8 weeks so I am determined to get stronger. Will be 80 this year so it is quite a challenge.

Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
January 11, 2022
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5
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Wow!! Thank you David for opening me up!
Namaste Gillian

spiritualgardener
spiritualgardener
January 9, 2022
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5
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Wonderful calming class yet challenging. Enjoyed the soundtrack playing behind David's instructions.

Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
December 13, 2021
Fivestar Rating:
5
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Throughly wonderful class. Finished feeling light as a feather! The video crashed once halfway through but did not discourage me. Thank you David, Namaste

d55mw
d55mw
November 11, 2021
Fivestar Rating:
5
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Just what I needed for my tight shoulders and neck. Great pace!

Cara0209
Cara0209
November 11, 2021
Fivestar Rating:
5
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Great class! Thank you.

Brandy_W
Brandy_W
October 16, 2021
Fivestar Rating:
5
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This is one of my favorites. :)

CreativeYogi
CreativeYogi
April 6, 2021
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Great practice! I found the music a bit stressful though, like from an eerie suspense movie. Namaste

cglanzberg
cglanzberg
March 25, 2021
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When I saw that the first class of this program was just neck and shoulder specific I almost didn't do it, because I was looking for a full body day. I'm glad I did, it was very relieving and felt amazing. I quite enjoyed the audio over his movements vs him speaking while he was doing the poses. Overall, I got a lot more out of this than I expected.

oakhazel
oakhazel
November 29, 2020
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Wow, a thorough stretching. I really enjoyed it - very relaxing too. I don't usually enjoy yoga with music but this worked. Looking forward to day 2.

radhike
radhike
November 21, 2020
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I found this class the best for neck and shoulder relaxation. Just one note, though the background music was excellent, I found it to be too loud, especially the flute portion.

Paola
Paola
September 15, 2020
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This is a class I will come back to again and again. Did it for the first time this morning, but I think it's a class for the late evening - (will be a good one to do after strict push press and weight lifting !)
Due to an old knee injury (and nearly no more cartilage) I cannot kneel, so had to modify most of the class !

KikeAndSilvi
KikeAndSilvi
September 13, 2020
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We love this class so much, David. Thanks for creating it. It helps my partner and I to recover movement and relax upper body and our minds. We've talked about how perfect the background music is for getting in the right state of mind. Today for the first time we read the final credits (usually still enjoying shavasana) and we found out you also created the music for this class which makes it even more amazing. Thanks again, Enrique and Silvina from Sydney :)

GOURIM
GOURIM
July 29, 2020
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Focus on shoulders excellent, slow and measured. But sitting backwards on shins for this long took away some of the attention, so I modified.

Fritz14
Fritz14
May 16, 2020
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Thank you very much for sharing this practice session with us David! Namaste!

JMacDee
JMacDee
March 25, 2020
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This is a banquet of neck and shoulder openings and all are done in seated positions. David gives clear and calm instructions and cues. I loved the outdoor setting and at times I felt like I was out there too. At times I found it hard to kneel for such long periods so I modified and chose to do hero's pose supported on a block instead. This class really opened up my shoulders and loosened my neck, thank you!

Some of these classes by the ocean have the natural sounds of nature in the background. I prefer those to the ones with music.

Gilly Vanilly
Gilly Vanilly
October 22, 2019
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Hi I am looking to do the 8 week program where this class features as day one with a break every other day. My question is, is it ok to do the program on a daily basis without missing a day? I am a beginner and like to do some yoga every day. PS I have just completed your 21 day meditation course and loved it, namaste X

spaulukonis
spaulukonis
October 4, 2019
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I did this class every other day for several weeks after 2 months of PT had failed to take the pain away from a bad shoulder sprain. Fixed! And then I did it every other day starting a week after lumpectomy/sentinel node biopsy, and my surgeon was amazed at how quickly I got full range (pain free!) of motion back. It is a wonderful hour for anyone with shoulder issues.

Hmatk
Hmatk
May 13, 2019
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Loved the sound scape. Music is perfect. Thank you David.

Jaymac
Jaymac
February 14, 2019
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Great comprehensive set for neck and shoulders, I loved the ingenuity of each posture! However, I felt that just as the fascia was about to release, you went onto the next move. I feel a little better, but I feel that it could have been significantly better if the extra time had been given. Thank you for all you do!

Maralepp
Maralepp
December 31, 2018
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I suffer from degenerative disks in my lumbar and cervical spine, and I need to stretch constantly to keep my nerves from being pinched. This class is an excellent tool in my toolbox. Thank you very much!

BryceO
BryceO
November 7, 2018
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I loved the focus on deep stretch in this class. I feel like it is preparing me for some more intense work in the next class. Can't wait! Also I loved the nature setting of the video and all the ducks flying around made lovely points of focus when trying to relax deeper into the stretch. Nice voice on the teacher too. Thank you!

jsneedacu
jsneedacu
August 6, 2018
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I really like this class for getting a good stretch in the shoulders and loosening the whole upper body. The only thing I didn't care for was the background music - I found the intermittent drum beat quite distracting and it prevented me from relaxing mentally.

alex.perez5280
alex.perez5280
February 12, 2019
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Love the classes on this site!

I do think no music is the way to go, that way the student can put a track on in the background that won't clash with their moment.

Cheers - AP

knansea1
knansea1
January 27, 2018
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This is a wonderful and easy to follow class. It gently but deeply stretches the shoulders and neck and is also relaxing. The camera shows different angles to better understand the pose and David shows how to use the strap as needed.

ashmdurb
ashmdurb
August 30, 2017
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AMAZING!!! I feel so much better after this.

RiverFlower
RiverFlower
August 9, 2017
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I have been having so much intense pain in my neck and shoulders, as well as other problems. I did this video, and modified parts slightly for my needs. Thank you so much! The biting pain in my should, neck region is gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

NicRoy
NicRoy
July 25, 2017
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Absolutely amazing! I feel great! I thought your sciatica sequence was great...this is the ultimate upper body. Thank you.

percevial@gmail.com
percevial@gmail.com
May 22, 2017
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Great class. Not able to sit in kneeling position for this long. Struggled to find alternate position. Also needed alternative for reverse prayer. Can barely get my ring and middle fingers to touch.

brittany.pahl
brittany.pahl
April 21, 2017
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As a true beginner, I found this session very difficult. I finished as much as I could, I only hope to improve further in the future and be able to complete the entire session! For now, my knees, ankles, and hips are telling me no!

Srividya
Srividya
April 10, 2017
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David, thank you for the incredible stretching. Your neck and shoulder stretch series has been really useful. If you could please make a 30 min video with everything that is in this 60 min video, that would be fabulous too. My upper spine, shoulder and neck have been happier because of you the past month! Thank you!

sunnyr20
sunnyr20
April 6, 2017
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I love these deep stretches, and I know time is needed to really sink in, but I would LOVE a 20-30 minute version of this type of thing. This class, David's hips, hamstrings, and lower back class, and probably others I haven't found on the site yet, would be easier for me to do regularly if I could fit them in without a full dedicated hour. Maybe isolating them into segments, or quicker transitions would help, I'm not sure. Like others, I think this stretching is something I need, but I rarely have a full hour to dedicate to it. I could easily fit in 3 20-min sessions per week, though!

mcjw
mcjw
February 13, 2017
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Really enjoyed this long, slow practice. Many of the stretches are repeated throughout the class, and it's lovely to feel muscles lengthening and stretches getting deeper each time.

ChefKriss
ChefKriss
February 12, 2017
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Great class! I definitely feel like the stretching has been beneficial and will continue helping me in the future. I feel very relaxed now.

Emerot
Emerot
January 29, 2017
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Thanks so much for this class, David. I really feel it's helping with an old shoulder injury.