Advanced Hip Opening Practice Video
Advanced Hip Opening Practice

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Advanced Hip Opening Practice

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This sequence with David Magone makes the foot behind the head pose easier to accomplish.

This practice is contraindicated for expectant mothers, and those with lower back or knee issues.

Interesting poses; Dandasana – foot to the armpit, foot behind the head pose, full lotus pose. Cobra Pose : Bhujangasana, Pigeon Pose : Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Chair Pose : Utkatasana, Upward Facing Dog Pose : Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Hand to Knee Pose : Janu Sirsasana, Standing Forward Bend : Uttanasana, Bound Angle Pose : Baddha Konasana, Thunderbolt Pose or Zen Pose : Vajrasana, Upward Facing Dog Pose : Urdhva Mukha Svanasana


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Melanie.huser, posted on May 29, 2016

Thank you so much David for this beautiful practice. I've been practicing yoga for 4 years now intensively and TODAY was the first time I managed to get into full lotus pose due to your beautiful preparation and very precise cues!! Thanks!

pranavayu, posted on September 19, 2016

A belated congratulations to you Melanie!

yourhealingspirit, posted on September 12, 2015

I so enjoy experiencing new poses. Nicely taught.

pranavayu, posted on September 14, 2015

Thank you Mel!

tinnageneve, posted on December 26, 2014

gentle muscle warming and harmonious strech.
A lovey body connecting practice.
Namasté from a below freezing, sparkling bright sunny South of Sweden.

pranavayu, posted on January 7, 2015

Ha ha! I just missed you Christina! I was in Stockholm over the holidays. It was cold indeed! Hope you had a great holiday season.

Leahs, posted on November 1, 2014

This was a great combination action of relaxing/opening and challenge. Excellent modifications.

pranavayu, posted on January 7, 2015

Thank you Leah!

tata1218, posted on October 15, 2014

Many of these hip openers are really only good for the people whose hips are already incredibly open, and it was a bit disappointing that no options were offered.

OneLove2002, posted on July 25, 2014

That was incredible! I am not yet able to progress to the full expression of all of the asanas in this practice, but I will continue to try. Thank you David @pranavayu, as always this practice provided a beautiful combination of physical challenge and spiritual connection. Namaste.

BlissAngel, posted on June 19, 2014

Amazing! I love the nidra at the end!! I wish ALL classes ended like that:) namaste

pranavayu, posted on March 14, 2014

@Shyama108 @Malopez14 Thanks you two!

Malopez14, posted on February 27, 2014

What a wonderful instructor...namaste.

Shyama108, posted on February 22, 2014

David U are great, I advanced sooo much just from one class, cant wait get more of your classes

pranavayu, posted on December 15, 2013

Thank you Federica! @fede62

pranavayu, posted on December 15, 2013

@AnniePerkins Thank you Annie! Happy holidays to you. :-)

AnniePerkins, posted on October 12, 2013

David, you are one of my favorite teachers. Thank you for all your videos.

fede62, posted on September 28, 2013

Sunrise meditation + this practice: great gift, thank you

pranavayu, posted on August 21, 2013

@cmartinez1584 Glad you liked it C!

cmartinez1584, posted on August 12, 2013

Holy.... That was awesome David thank you!

pranavayu, posted on May 10, 2013

Glad to hear it AnaMaria! @anamaria1972

anamaria1972, posted on May 8, 2013

I love the spiritual part of your yoga practice.
Makes a big diference

Sjrichardson, posted on April 23, 2013

Absolutely wonderful! I always find success in one way or another when doing your classes David, thank you so much! Xx

pranavayu, posted on April 23, 2013

Nice work Tyson! Getting into the lotus the first time up is pretty awesome as well.

Have a great week! @CrawlingChaos

CrawlingChaos, posted on April 21, 2013

@pranavayu that is exactly how I use this class, I was just surprised to find myself in headstand after thinking, "what the hell, I'll give it a shot, all I can do is fall over". My profile picture was taken immediately after I finished a lovely savasana and needed to share my excitement at finally nailing headstand. I love this class for the intensity of the stretches and the peaceful vibe throughout so headstand what just icing on the cake! Thank you!

pranavayu, posted on April 20, 2013

Hey Tyson,

Was your profile photo taken after you got the headstand down? If so, that's wicked cool! It looks like you've been able to do it forever. Glad that the video helped.

It's great that you're using this as a cross-triaining practice! These accelerated videos are designed to help you deepen range of motion while your body recovers from more intense forms of yoga or exercise, so using them in the way that you are is the perfect way to progress. @CrawlingChaos

AmyOBarYoga, posted on April 19, 2013

beautiful corpse pose at the end. I think I was totally glowing.

CrawlingChaos, posted on April 19, 2013

Oddly enough, though not the focus of this video, your instruction for getting into tripod headstand is what made it click for me and finally helped me master it! Thank you! I love this class for days when I am still sore from intense power classes and the intense stretches really help work through the stiffness of tired muscles.

davidmagone, posted on January 17, 2013

@Zulayla23It sounds like yoga is a perfect fit for you! Have fun with your practices!

Zulayla23, posted on January 11, 2013

Oh 17 years!! Fascinating!! Do you believe in someone like who has started Yoga 5 months ago without any instructor or any creditable background of Yoga, Gym and etc... who has started with zero knowledge and stepped up to Advanced level in 2 months in that period? What would you say about this person, David?
By the way I also found you're generous enough to reply for comments here which is very kind of you, because not many Yogis likely do so.

davidmagone, posted on January 11, 2013

@Zulayla23Thank you for purchasing the video Zulaykho! I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I started practicing back in 95'. What about you?

Zulayla23, posted on January 10, 2013

I just bought this video, and really loved the key ways to open up entire hips which is quite suitable for my level, how long have you been practicing Yoga David?

davidmagone, posted on January 10, 2013

@svc2381Hi Kumar,

I really like Manduka mats. They're a bit spendy, but they last forever and have a nice non-slip surface. You might also try scrubbing the surface of your mat with soap and water. Sometimes the manufacture adds a coating which seems to make things a bit slippery.

If neither of those options work, you might consider picking up a mysore rug. When you get sweaty, you can simply lay the rug over your mat. If you wet the area under your hands and feet with a water bottle, you'll slip less.

Hope that helps!

svc2381, posted on January 1, 2013

Hi David,
A quick out of the box question. I tried few yoga mats and they all turned out to be slippery especially while in crucial poses. Could you please recommend a non-slip mat?
Thanks & Happy New year

davidmagone, posted on December 6, 2012

Thank you Tines!

tines, posted on December 4, 2012

David thank you for another great practice!! Perfect pace for getting into such challenging poses.

davidmagone, posted on November 30, 2012

@pierceemThanks for practicing Eliza! I see that we're neighbors. :-)

pierceem, posted on November 24, 2012


davidmagone, posted on November 19, 2012

Thanks Aaron! Have fun Anamaria!

aaron00, posted on November 19, 2012


anamaria1972, posted on November 19, 2012

@davidmagone Thank you David, so I will practice early morning!

davidmagone, posted on November 19, 2012

Thank you for your feedback Alke! If you'd like to try another practice with slower transitions,, you might consider this one:

Be well!


davidmagone, posted on November 19, 2012

Hi Ana Maria! Michelle makes a great point. Consistency is the most important thing. With this type of practice, it's important to practice at least two to three times per week to make progress.

Have fun!

anamaria1972, posted on November 18, 2012

@michelletrantina thank you Michelle very kind of you.

Alke, posted on November 18, 2012

too much talking while changing positions in too little time … sorry, would have loved to follow further … but as a foreigner even with good english knowledge this is not accessible enough.

michelletrantina, posted on November 17, 2012

@anamaria1972 Some say very early morning is the ideal time to practice. But see what feels right for you, with your schedule, time and energy levels, and what feels best. The important thing is that your practice is consistent.
Smiles and blessings.

anamaria1972, posted on November 17, 2012

Better do yoga morning or late afternoon before bed?

davidmagone, posted on November 15, 2012

Thank you Joell!

kayamarie, posted on November 14, 2012

that was wonderful david. i love all your videos.

davidmagone, posted on November 14, 2012

My pleasure! I remember the same thing happening when I first learned this one. My foot used to slide off of my arm and I couldn't quite get my knee to the floor either. One day, it just clicked ,which makes me think that it's as much about creating new body awareness as it is about creating new flexibility - especially for someone like you who can already to the FBH pose. . Practice that bear hug thing every other day for a month or two, and I'll bet see some shifts.

Have fun!

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