Bend and Stretch

Melissa Krieger
Instructor Melissa Krieger
Average: 4.8 (1217 votes)
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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.

Equipment: None
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga


Nyki306 1 day ago

What an emotional release this practice was for me. After months of neglect, I’m so grateful that I choose this class to start again. Thank you Melissa for your gentle and wise instruction and for such a peaceful soundtrack.

Christina Jones 1 month ago

Hi Melissa. Thank you (once again!) for a wonderful class. I feel so blessed to have found your classes. They are a perfect fit for me, this one especially it seems. I couldn't sit cross legged this time last week and just now upon finishing this class, I did it. wow. xxxxx

oakhazel 1 month ago

Lovely class as always. Thank you. Very relaxing with good stretches.

daisyflower 3 months ago

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!

Eileen78 7 months ago

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.

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 8 months ago

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!

Sarahinstrasbourg 9 months ago

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 9 months ago

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.

HeatherAAllen 9 months ago

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?