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Level 1/2
60 min

Release Shoulder, Neck & Upper Back Tension

Hatha | By Jason Crandell on Oct 05 2012
This practice will help release tension in your shoulders, neck, and upper-back, allowing you to feel more calm, spacious and renewed. This is a full, accessible practice that includes standing poses, twists and a full-compliment of upper-back openers that will have you feeling much better. You will need access to a wall and a block (or a block substitute)

Description

This practice will help release tension in your shoulders, neck, and upper-back, allowing you to feel more calm, spacious and renewed. This is a full, accessible practice that includes standing poses, twists and a full-compliment of upper-back openers that will have you feeling much better. You will need access to a wall and a block (or a block substitute)

Comments

  • Alex Hickey     Dec 5th, 2014
    Loved this class! I feel awesome now!
    • Jason Crandell     Dec 8th, 2014
      This is so nice to hear, Alex. Thanks for letting me know!
  • Kimberly Proal     Dec 4th, 2014
    I woke up with so much tension in my neck and back and a headache that made me feel sick. This was just what I needed!Thank you!
    • Jason Crandell     Dec 8th, 2014
      I'm glad you're feeling better, Kimberly!
  • Samantha Iovino     Dec 3rd, 2014
    Juicy, juicy tension relief! Thank you :)
    • Jason Crandell     Dec 8th, 2014
      You're welcome, Samantha!
  • Theoni Panagopoulos     Nov 9th, 2014
    Jason- I have been doing yoga for years and have NEVER done anything remotely close to those shoulder/front of the chest opening sequences of yours. AMAZING! I feel like I just opened a completely new dimension of my practice. Thank you for your brilliance! ~Namaste~
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 13th, 2014
      Great! I'm so happy this class was so powerful for you, Theoni!
  • Margaret Comfort     Oct 26th, 2014
    Very therapeutic class. During stressful times I get muscle spasms in my upper back and neck which lead to severe headache. This class helps immensely. Thank you.
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 5th, 2014
      Margaret, You're experiencing something unpleasant and common. I'm very happy that this class helps unwind some of your tension and discomfort.
  • Maryellen Gregor     Oct 25th, 2014
    Great shows, really tough website to access, where do my "Series" go to after I create them and populate them?
    • YogaGlo     Oct 25th, 2014
      Hi Maryellen! We have sent you an email with more information on using the Series feature :)
  • Frances Bowdery     Oct 15th, 2014
    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this practice. After a mentally, physically and emotionally stressful few months I've been in pain with my right shoulder and arm that no amount of massages or normal classes have been able to help. I can't tell you how immediately better I feel from this. Super super grateful to have found this practice today and am intending to make this class a regular part of my at home yoga practice
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 5th, 2014
      Frances, I'm so happy this class is relieving some of the tension you've accumulated during stressful times.
  • Najiah Ramlee     Sep 30th, 2014
    Thanks Jason! It was really helpful with my shoulder and upper back! (:
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 5th, 2014
      Great. You're welcome, Najiah.
  • Carly Hodgkinson     Aug 21st, 2014
    Thank you so much Jason, this was so much help. I will definitely be revisiting this session.
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 23rd, 2014
      Glad it was helpful.
  • Diego Carmona     Aug 17th, 2014
    Incredible how you managed to free the tension in my upper and middle back. Feeling like new thanks a lot.
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 17th, 2014
      great! thanks Diego.
  • dar carman     Aug 14th, 2014
    love revisiting this one,as it has helped my teaching so much....thank you, Dar
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 14th, 2014
      Glad to hear it Dar.
  • Rosanna Young     Aug 5th, 2014
    Soooo good! I especially liked how you began with rounding the upper back forward to relieve tension. Thank you!
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 5th, 2014
      ;)
  • amy shiner     Jul 11th, 2014
    Fantastic
    Thank you
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 11th, 2014
      Thanks Amy.
  • Lindsay Jones     Jul 5th, 2014
    My blade cracks feel amazing!
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 8th, 2014
      ;)
  • Anne Weshinskey     Jun 29th, 2014
    I am not sure how it is possible, but I return over and over again to your different classes for shoulders, neck, and upper-back and every one seems more insanely better than the last! You fixed me up yet again for another day of easy living! Thanks Miracle-Worker Jason
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 11th, 2014
      Great! Thanks Anne.
  • Abigail Redman     Jun 26th, 2014
    Wow! That was completely inspired. I feel like I have new shoulders, thank you!
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 11th, 2014
      Sure thing! Thanks Abigail.
  • Tami Amoedo     May 20th, 2014
    Sometimes we move so fast in yoga we totally miss the best parts!! I pulled somthing in my mid left shoulder, Its feels so much better and i can breathe better! OMG Thank you for this gift!!! Namaste
    • Jason Crandell     May 20th, 2014
      Thanks Tami ;)
  • William Kunz     Apr 24th, 2014
    I awoke with a tiisue pain from my rightside neck to my right shoulder. The practice helped considerably. I like the slow & deliberate approach you take to all your classes.
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 29th, 2014
      Glad this helped William.
  • Danielle Alford     Apr 21st, 2014
    Wow... Thank you so much for this class. I've been having such pain in my upper back, keeping me up at night, and although I still feel some tightness, I know with continued practice of this class, I WILL release this pain. Thanks again. Namaste
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 22nd, 2014
      ;)
  • Susan Johnson     Apr 20th, 2014
    I come to this class again and again for upper body relief. The sequencing is perfect and I'm so grateful to you for this and all your other wonderful classes. I plan to teach something similar at an upcoming outdoor yoga event with no wall space and am trying to figure out a way to do the wall twists without a wall. Any suggestions? Partner work maybe?
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 20th, 2014
      Susan - Glad this helps. It's tough to reproduce the opening without a wall--maybe parter work. Maybe a tree?!
  • Sally Bradley     Apr 8th, 2014
    Exactly what I needed..thank you!!
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 9th, 2014
      ;)
  • R G     Mar 26th, 2014
    My neck feels more relaxed, thank you.
    • Jason Crandell     Mar 27th, 2014
      My pleasure RG, thanks.
  • Megan Kwacz     Mar 23rd, 2014
    After a headcold and sinus pressure, this felt amazing!!!!!
    • Jason Crandell     Mar 23rd, 2014
      Glad to hear it! Thanks Megan.
  • Claire Brockelman     Mar 7th, 2014
    I woke up feeling like (*#)! and this practice helped turn that around. I couldn't believe how good it felt to actually round my back before opening it up. THANK YOU!
    • Jason Crandell     Mar 8th, 2014
      ;) my pleasure Claire.
  • Sarah Fitzmaurice     Feb 22nd, 2014
    Wow - terrific practice for my shoulders and back. Thank you!
  • Sarah Fitzmaurice     Feb 22nd, 2014
    Wow - terrific practice for my shoulders and back. Thank you!
  • Fizle Sagar     Jan 27th, 2014
    This has worked wonders for a tight groin, not sure how that happened,but thank you Jason.
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 27th, 2014
      ;) thanks Fizle
  • Christene Jennings     Jan 15th, 2014
    Thanks, Jason. This practice offered glorious relief. I will return to this again and again to counteract daily computer use. A question: During 90-degree hand positioning of the wall stretches, I felt some numbness in the hands. Is this normal? I backed off to about a 45-degree position each time I felt my hand go numb.
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 15th, 2014
      Thanks, Christene! I'm not sure if this numbness or common, but it's not desirable. It seems to me like you modified it correctly!
  • Eden Blackwell     Jan 13th, 2014
    My shoulders were tense enough to swallow my head until THIS practice! So grateful. Thanks, Jason!
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 13th, 2014
      Glad this helped relieve some tension Eden.
  • Erika Odlaug     Jan 8th, 2014
    Just fantastic. Perfect.
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 8th, 2014
      Thanks Erika!
  • Marina Curtis-Evans     Jan 7th, 2014
    Absolutely fantastic! Love your classes! Learn so much! So much release. Thankyou for sharing your gifts and learning.
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 7th, 2014
      Glad to hear it Marina, thanks!
  • Karen DiGenova     Dec 23rd, 2013
    Wow, loved it, especially the stretches with the wall- heaven(-;
    • Jason Crandell     Dec 23rd, 2013
      Glad to hear it! Thanks Karen.
  • Alison Hunter     Nov 4th, 2013
    Wow! this was fantastic - I have super tense shoulders and neck. This practice offered great relief. Am definitely going to include this every week to work towards a more happy upper back / shoulder / neck area. Thanks so much
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 4th, 2013
      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks Alison.
  • Chen Jacobson     Oct 28th, 2013
    I'm so glad that I stumbled upon this video! My neck and shoulder were so stiff after a week of long hours of sitting in front of the computer and traveling and it hurt to even turn my head to the side. I can't believe how much relief this 60-minute practice just gave me. Jason is so knowledgeable in yoga anatomy and offers many highly effective poses in this video. Namaste.
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 28th, 2013
      Chen- thank you! I'm glad this offered some relief.
  • Frauke Greil     Oct 27th, 2013
    I didn't even know how stiff I was up there, thank you!

    In the lunges on the knee my knee hurts. This only happens in those lunge-on-knee yoga poses, otherwise I have no knee problems at all. Can you recommend a class/ tutorial addressing this?

    Much love, will do this class again. And again :)
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 28th, 2013
      Frauke - Thanks for practicing with me! With regards to low lunges, first make sure to pad your knee enough. Use as a folded blanket. If that doesn't work, you can just do high-lunges instead. Good luck!
  • Amy Eschtruth     Oct 23rd, 2013
    I am going to have my high school yoga class do this today. They are always complaining of upper back tension due to sitting in a desk all day, at a computer, poor posture, etc. I loved this flow. Thank you so much.
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 23rd, 2013
      Hi Amy- I'm thrilled to hear you'll be sharing this with your class. Thanks for practicing.
  • Liz Woodruff     Oct 13th, 2013
    So great! Your dry humor was a kick too. Had me smiling :)
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 13th, 2013
      I'm glad to hear it! Thanks Liz.
  • Emma Hamilton     Sep 12th, 2013
    My shoulders thank you! Every other movement practise I have been doing of late as unintentionally exacerbated my neck and shoulder pain, so glad I have found this class.
    • Jason Crandell     Sep 12th, 2013
      Glad your shoulders enjoyed this! Thanks Emma.
  • Emma Hamilton     Sep 12th, 2013
    My shoulders thank you! Every other movement practise I have been doing of late as unintentionally exacerbated my neck and shoulder pain, so glad I have found this class.
  • Michelle Jones     Sep 9th, 2013
    Thanks for yet another amazing practice! Loved it :)
    • Jason Crandell     Sep 9th, 2013
      Thanks Michelle. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it.
  • Carley Ewing     Sep 2nd, 2013
    Wow! I am not sure why I didn't try your classes sooner. Thank you for another great class. I look forward to weaving some of these mechanics into my practice and sharing with the students in class.
    • Jason Crandell     Sep 3rd, 2013
      Thanks Carley!
  • Jennifer LaFleur     Aug 25th, 2013
    another thoughtful, interesting practice! and I rarely give myself a full hour, so this was a real treat. thanks, as always. namaste!
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 25th, 2013
      Thanks Jennifer!
  • Jennifer Jennifer     Aug 23rd, 2013
    This is fabulous! I've been doing the shorter "Practice for Shoulders, Neck and Upper Back", but this one is an amazing practice for those of us with shoulders that do a lot.
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 24th, 2013
      Thanks Jennifer.
  • lisa bowers     Aug 20th, 2013
    you really are too clever. Love this one ;-)
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 21st, 2013
      thanks Lisa! glad you enjoyed it.
  • Shona Andrew     Aug 16th, 2013
    Jason Crandell you are a genius
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 16th, 2013
      You should see me stumble my way through a basic spreadsheet and do arithmetic.
  • Courtney K     Aug 8th, 2013
    Jason, I've been a fan of yours since your first Yoga Journal podcast. Your anatomical knowledge is staggering and your cues are really helpful in understanding where I need to be in each asana. Thanks for a wonderful practice.
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 9th, 2013
      Courtney, thanks for being a dedicated student!
  • Jeanne Ann Whittington     Aug 8th, 2013
    Thanks jason, this was the perfect practice after too many hours in a new kayak!
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 8th, 2013
      Glad you enjoyed it Jeanne. Thanks.
  • Keely Chaisson     Jul 29th, 2013
    I have so much trouble with tension in this area... it's particularly bad when I'm really stressed or when I'm spending excessive hours at the computer, and when it's at its worst I have muscle spasms in my neck. Before I discovered that yoga was waay better, my doctor had prescribed physical therapy and occasionally muscle relaxants. I'm now pretty good about getting in yoga most days to keep the problem at bay, but every now and then it still gets uncomfortably tight. This is the BEST yoga class I have ever done for tension in this area. Thank you so much.
    • Laura Johnson     Jul 30th, 2013
      I second your post Keely. Describes my situation exactly.
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 30th, 2013
      Keely, I'm thrilled to hear this helps relieve tension for you! Thanks for practicing.
  • Kate Anderson     Jul 29th, 2013
    The difference of how my shoulders/neck feel from start to finish on this one is pretty amazing. Great practice, thank you.
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 30th, 2013
      I'm thrilled this worked well for you. Thanks Kate.
  • Dimitri Delazanos     Jul 21st, 2013
    "... I call it the pose where the arms are reaching real far forward and your hips are going back, that's like child's pose but not." Cracks me up every time! You're hilarious. I could do this practice every day, and come close sometimes! Thanks again.
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 22nd, 2013
      Thanks Dimitri! Glad my humor comes through.
  • Tina Tina     Jul 14th, 2013
    Wow was just what I needed. Will incorporate some of those awesome twists into vinyasa practice. Thank you so so much!
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 21st, 2013
      Tina Tina - I would love to, but, honestly, taking the time to go to the wall during a vinyasa practice can be a little challenging. Let me digest it and figure out if I can do it right!
  • Janelle Chapman     Jul 11th, 2013
    Ahhh, relief! Thank you!!
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 11th, 2013
      happy you enjoyed it, thanks Janelle.
  • Jessica Raymond     Jun 20th, 2013
    Thanks Jason. It was exactly what I've been needing. I especially loved the wide-legged forward fold with the clasping of the shins. Felt so great. Thanks again!
  • Melanie Baur     Jun 14th, 2013
    Still pretty new here at Yogaglo but I find myself gravitating towards your classes. I love your teaching style and feel that every class I take of yours is just the right amount of work. This was a phenomenal stretch for a really tight area for me. Thank you, again, for a great class!
    • Jason Crandell     Jun 15th, 2013
      Melanie- thank you very much. I'm glad these classes feel like the right amount of work. Best.
  • Abby Vernon     May 16th, 2013
    I love your teaching style, your languaging and your witty sense of humor Jason! Such a treat to take your classes :)
    • Jason Crandell     May 17th, 2013
      Thank you Abby!
  • Heather Wininger     May 9th, 2013
    jason, you are an amazing teacher. i always find myself choosing your classes. i can't wait to share this specific practice with my husband, who is very tight in these areas. i completely agree with loosening tension before opening the heart.
    • Jason Crandell     May 9th, 2013
      Thank you very much Heather!
  • jean scott     May 4th, 2013
    Hi Jason,
    I had the pleasure of attending your workshops at Moksha in Chicago a few months ago and now rely on your work on Yogaglo. I teach yoga in a corporate setting, and your level 1-2 offerings are invaluable to me as I design classes. I hope you will add more level 1 for me to draw upon for shoulders, neck and back. In addition, I would like to add that your teaching is truly unique and exceptional. I really appreciate and respect your ability to teach each pose with simple, intelligent alignment instruction so a practice can be safe and skillful. I am learning a lot from you and thank you for sharing your gifts on Yogaglo.
    Jean in WI
    • Jason Crandell     May 5th, 2013
      Hi Jean, thanks for practicing with me here and at Moksha! I will add your request to my list. I'm happy that these help to inspire your teaching. many thanks
  • Kimberley Anderson     Apr 23rd, 2013
    Jason i like this class and unwind deep seated psoas tension class. Do you have any other classes that are similar with a little more flow or heat building? Thanks
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 23rd, 2013
      Good question - I find that psoas releasing works best in my body during longer, slower, deeper practices. That said, because this region of my body is pretty tight, I integrate it in the majority of my sequences. So, I can't think of any vinyasa-based class of mine that focuses on the region, but all of them include the region. Sounds like it's time to create one for you!
  • Daniela Widera     Apr 20th, 2013
    Thank you Jason!

    I really needed this! Great class, as always!

    I love your calm, collected and grounded energy, and your intelligent guidance.
    Your my favorite teacher on yogaglo!

    Much love
    Daniela
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 21st, 2013
      Wow, thanks Daniela. I appreciate that very much.
  • Alexandra May     Apr 18th, 2013
    What a beautiful class! I had so much tension in my upper back and shoulders, but now the tension melted away. I loved the shoulder stretch/twist against the wall! Thank you for this lovely class!!
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 18th, 2013
      Thanks Alexandra!
  • Brittany Mott     Apr 16th, 2013
    I need a class like this every day. SO tense in the shoulders. "I call this 'reaching the arms forward really far kind of like child's pose but keeping the hips up pose'" hahahaha Thanks Jason. You've got a way with getting into the different aspects of poses.
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 16th, 2013
      Thanks Brittany!
  • Brenda Byrne     Apr 13th, 2013
    Have chronically tight upper body. This practice was great. I intend to repeat several
    times a week. Brenda
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 15th, 2013
      glad this worked well for you Brenda, thanks
  • Jennifer Buley     Apr 6th, 2013
    That was so great, Jason. Neck, shoulders and upper spine are tingling. In a good way. Thank you.
    • Jason Crandell     Apr 7th, 2013
      great! thanks Jennifer
  • Mia Mironov     Apr 6th, 2013
    namaste:)
  • MICHAEL ROMEO     Mar 31st, 2013
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! What an awesome sequence. My neck, shoulders and my inner calm feel completely renewed. I feel like I have just had a massage. Namaste.
    • Jason Crandell     Mar 31st, 2013
      glad to hear it Michael, thanks!
  • Mia Mironov     Mar 28th, 2013
    Namaste:)
  • lisa bowers     Mar 25th, 2013
    Jason you are brilliant ! the little comment you sneaked in about how the upper body affects the lower body... How wise are you ? Very ! Exactly what my aching hips/ back needed came disguised as an upper body workout. THANK-YOU so much for your expertise :-)
    • Jason Crandell     Mar 25th, 2013
      Glad this is what you needed. Thanks Lis!
  • Christine Powell     Mar 10th, 2013
    Hi Jason :) Thanks for a relaxing class - perfect for a chilled out Sunday!
    • Jason Crandell     Mar 11th, 2013
      Thanks Christine
  • Sharon Gollman     Mar 4th, 2013
    wow this was amazing! Thank you!
    • Jason Crandell     Mar 6th, 2013
      glad you enjoyed it Sharon, thanks
  • Leilani Smiler     Mar 3rd, 2013
    Great class...I really enjoy the subtle movements as a way of letting go, and embrace the pace of it and how you constantly encourage us to self-regulate what is happening and take responsibility. I think this is one of my fav classes :) Thank you! P.S. I like your subtlety of humour too :P
    • Jason Crandell     Mar 4th, 2013
      Thank you Leilani. Glad you enjoyed it.
  • Amanda H     Feb 28th, 2013
    My neck, shoulders and back feel amazing now. Thanks for the beautiful practice! It is the first time in weeks that I haven't had a pinch in my neck. I made happy sighs throughout the entire wall portion :D

    Namaste!
  • Ruth Openshaw     Feb 23rd, 2013
    Thank you Jason. I smiled at the end.
  • Marianne Sigman     Feb 13th, 2013
    All I can say is WOW!! I do quite a bit of yoga and I have never felt more release in my upper body until I did this with you. Thank you so much Mr. Crandell. Peace
    • Jason Crandell     Feb 13th, 2013
      Glad to hear it. thanks Marianne!
  • Julia Cochran     Feb 5th, 2013
    Thank you, Jason. As always you made me feel amazing!
  • Dimitri Delazanos     Feb 2nd, 2013
    "THANK YOU!!!" -my upper body.
    • Jason Crandell     Feb 2nd, 2013
      Glad your upper body enjoyed it. Thanks Dimitri
  • gesa denecke     Jan 29th, 2013
    Without pain for the first time in weeks - after 60 minutes... And my lower back is painfree too. I keep forgetting how fast yoga can bring fundamental relief. This practice is a real pleasure. Thanks so much, Jason!
  • Noah Long     Jan 27th, 2013
    This was amazing. My back and shoulders thank you.
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 27th, 2013
      Thank you Noah
  • Linda DeMasi     Jan 16th, 2013
    Yes, love that wide-stance forward bend/stretch -- just what I needed! Thank you!
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 16th, 2013
      Thanks Linda. Happy you liked that forward bend.
  • Patti MacPherson     Jan 11th, 2013
    great class! those shoulder stretches at the wall are the best ever! thank you
  • Alison Robertson     Jan 7th, 2013
    This class has worked miracles on my upper back and shoulders which seized up completely over New Year when I took a few days off from my mat (I have a bad scoliosis which gets less tolerant of lack of movement as time goes by). The stretches are delicious and the instructions very clear. This is definitely going to be a regular maintenance class for me. Many thanks for your wonderful classes Jason. Best wishes for 2013! Alison
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 7th, 2013
      Alison - glad this helped!! happy new year.
  • anne toyofuku     Jan 5th, 2013
    This hit all the right spots! Planning to make it a consistent part of my practice.
    thanks!
    Anne
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 7th, 2013
      Thanks Anne.
  • Danielle Nolles     Jan 3rd, 2013
    Hello Jason, and thank you for this fascinating class. You've given me lots of great ideas for opening my shoulders, things I would never have thought of on my own! Your instructions are perfect, easy to follow, I can almost follow you with my eyes closed. When people ask me who I study yoga with, I mention your name, even though you have no idea I'm one of your many students! Hopefully someday I'll be able to take a class with you "live"! Happy New Year!
    Danielle (from France)
  • Amy Lynch     Dec 27th, 2012
    Great class. Love the counter-intuitive explanations.
    • Jason Crandell     Dec 28th, 2012
      Thanks Amy for the feedback.
  • Rebecca Dicker     Dec 13th, 2012
    Amazing - thanks so much. This was just what I needed after a long day at work. Feeling wonderfully stretched out. Thank you.
    • Jason Crandell     Dec 14th, 2012
      My pleasure Rebecca. Thanks for practicing with me.
  • Stephanie Barton     Dec 3rd, 2012
    Lots of built up tension in my neck and upper back...this was exactly what I needed today! The twists at the wall were wonderful, as you said, I felt my whole upper body release and with each twist found more space to open into. Thank you for another glorious practice...Namaste Jason:)
    • Jason Crandell     Dec 4th, 2012
      Glad you liked this Stephanie, thanks!
  • Robin Bukovina     Dec 2nd, 2012
    Just what I needed! I carry all my tension in my upper back. This class had me feeling amazing! I will revisit this one often. Thank you!!!
    • Jason Crandell     Dec 2nd, 2012
      Hi Robin, glad you enjoyed this. thanks for practicing.
  • MyLinda Morales     Nov 28th, 2012
    LOVE this practice! Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando 2013 :)
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 28th, 2012
      Hi MyLinda! Glad you enjoyed this. See you in August!
  • Paleena Mason     Nov 19th, 2012
    Love the shoulder opening on the wall, and your gentle soothing guidance, Namaste
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 19th, 2012
      Thanks Paleena!
  • Patty Pavlik     Nov 12th, 2012
    Thank you Jason. I will come back to this class as the holidays progress!
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 12th, 2012
      thanks for practicing Patty!
  • Patty Pavlik     Nov 12th, 2012
    Thank you Jason. I will come back to this class as the holidays progress!
  • Judith Shedden     Nov 12th, 2012
    Awesome class, my neck and shoulders really needed this today, thank you so much. The twists with hand against the wall are incredible.
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 12th, 2012
      thanks Judith!
  • marsha king     Nov 11th, 2012
    This practice is amazing. In short order I felt gentle, yet powerful relief to my neck and shoulders. I am so grateful. Thank you Jason Crandell!!!
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 11th, 2012
      thanks Marsha!
  • Brett Larkin     Nov 10th, 2012
    Loved this class and the twists at the wall. Had been dying to do this from your Yoga Journal article, and suddenly ended up doing it in this wonderful class. Thank you for these! So grateful!
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 11th, 2012
      Brett, glad you enjoyed this. thanks for the comment!
  • Natasha Palmisano     Nov 7th, 2012
    This practice was amazing. I have a one month old and I've noticed that from holding my baby I've started hunching my shoulders. I will definitely be doing this practice several times a week. Even if I don't have time for the entire class, even 20 minutes will help I'm sure!
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 7th, 2012
      Wow... You have a one-month old and you've already practiced!!?!??? Nice work--even more, congratulations!
  • Kathy Sloan     Nov 4th, 2012
    Loved this class. I felt the tension release in my back/shoulders for the first time. One observation I had was how much tension I also have in my sides. When doing the side stretchs I felt that release too..AHHHH. Thanks again, I will use this class often!
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 4th, 2012
      Kathy - I can relate to the tightness you're referencing to in the side body that you didn't know you had. Glad this helped create release.
  • Maggie Swetkoff     Nov 3rd, 2012
    Jason,
    I've been doing yoga for 40 years. Never have I experienced such a great shoulder, upper back and neck stretch. I have tons of issues with my neck and shoulders. You obviously are very keyed into those of us who have restrictions. Yet you offer great alternatives. Thank you so much. Loved the class. Will be taking more of your offerings. Peace
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 4th, 2012
      Wow Maggie, how great that you've had a committed practice. Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for the comment!
  • Cynthia Boechler     Nov 3rd, 2012
    Yoga therapy at its best...thanks, will be recommending this to my son who sits at a desk for long hours studying in medical school!
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 4th, 2012
      glad you enjoyed it and hope your son will too! thanks for the comment.
  • Elimor Reshef     Nov 3rd, 2012
    wonderful!!!
    more iyengar trained professionals will be great.
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 4th, 2012
      Thanks Elimor
  • Shay Hurlocker     Oct 30th, 2012
    Aaah! As a high school teacher, this was the class I needed for my upper-back stress. These moves really hit the spot and I appreciated how well you explained the stretches. Thank you for such a great class. I feel so much better than I have felt in weeks! Thank you.
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 1st, 2012
      Hi Shay, glad this helped unravel your upper body in a way that you enjoyed.
  • M Courae     Oct 28th, 2012
    Jason,
    thank you so much! I tried a few other classes for neck and shoulder tension but yours really made me feel better. My neck thanks you! Plus, the I learn lots! Please keep your session coming....!!!!
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 29th, 2012
      Thanks M! Glad you (and your neck) liked this!
  • Luana Streltzer     Oct 24th, 2012
    I feel so much better. It is amazing how my shoulders, chest, and spine feel right now. I learn so much from you Jason, thank you.

    p.s. This is fantastic class for surfers
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 25th, 2012
      Thanks Luana!
  • Machelle Lee     Oct 23rd, 2012
    Jason, I am new to the yogaglo site and joined to get some fresh ideas for my practice and classes. I have been teaching vinyasa for 14 years and Yin for 8 years AND yet I as I watched your practice I found myself saying out loud "this is brilliant". I appreciate your pragmatic, grounded, and humorous approach and so far you are the one teacher I have the most interest in following their offerings. Best to you!
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 23rd, 2012
      Machelle- thanks for your generous feedback. It's great to know that these videos are inspiring & teaching beginner practitioners to seasoned teachers like yourself. Thanks again!
  • Robyn Cunningham     Oct 23rd, 2012
    Thanks Jason - I really enjoyed this class. I will definitely be taking some of these moves into my own yoga classes- my students always love new stretches for the neck and shoulders!!
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 5th, 2012
      Nice Robyn! glad you enjoyed this and want to share.
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 16th, 2012
    Byony - glad it worked well for you!
  • Bryony Lloyd     Oct 16th, 2012
    Feel so much better! Thank you
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 15th, 2012
    Cathy- glad you enjoyed it!
  • Cathy Benthagen     Oct 13th, 2012
    Thank you for a great release in the upper body...feel really good...love your instructions Jason
  • Stephanie French     Oct 13th, 2012
    Thanks Jason. Not only did this do wonders for the issues I knew I had, it woke up places that had been dormant for waaaay too long. Rarely do I sink so sweetly and quickly into savasana, as well.
  • Melissa Paz     Oct 13th, 2012
    This was just what I needed. I have been trying a lot of your practices and love every one of them. I enjoy the pace, the variety, and the way you instruct. Thank you.
  • Maria Martin-Calero     Oct 13th, 2012
    :)
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 11th, 2012
    Diane- my pleasure. thanks for practicing with me.
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 11th, 2012
    Eleanor - I'm happy that this was helpful!
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 11th, 2012
    Amy - hope your recovery from the boxing match is going well! glad those twists at the wall helped relieve some tension. thanks!
  • diane halford     Oct 11th, 2012
    That class felt soooo good. Thank you
  • Eleanor Byström     Oct 11th, 2012
    That was extremely helpful! Thanks so much, feel a lot better.
  • Nina Treister     Oct 11th, 2012
    My first class with you and my first comment on Yogaglo... Fantastic class Jason. Really enjoyed this on and got a lot out of it! Thanks
  • Amy Crawford     Oct 10th, 2012
    Wow, thank you SO MUCH. After a boxing match that didn't go my way (read: a nasty hit to the throat, ouch!), I have been all kinds of kinked up in my neck and shoulders for WEEKS. That brilliant bit you did with the twists against the wall was EXACTLY what I (and my poor shoulders) needed!
    I love all of your videos and practice them frequently. You have given me so many solutions to difficult physical issues - and sometimes emotional ones, too. Thank you for all the work you do!
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 10th, 2012
    Kathleen - thanks!
  • Kathleen Smith     Oct 9th, 2012
    Really awesome! Thank you!
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 9th, 2012
    Daisy- glad you enjoyed it!
  • Daisy Solano     Oct 9th, 2012
    Thank you Jason! My neck and shoulders feel great.
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 8th, 2012
    Zeynep - thanks! I'll note your request for more.
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 8th, 2012
    Kasia - my pleasure. glad you enjoyed it.
  • Kasia      Oct 8th, 2012
    Jason, thanks for another great shoulders & neck practice.
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 7th, 2012
    Judy - thanks a lot! That's awesome to hear - that this felt like therapy. great!
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 7th, 2012
    KZ - happy you enjoyed this. Agreed, that the wall is a great tool! thanks.
  • Holly Romero     Oct 7th, 2012
    That version of Triangle with arm wrap and chin towards chest was transformative. Thank you so very much. This is the best my neck has felt in a long time. I'm always so grateful for your teachings.
  • Sarah Hon     Oct 7th, 2012
    Great sequence and very innovative - thanks Jason!
  • K Z     Oct 7th, 2012
    Wonderful,relief of neck and shoulder tension, chest feels w i d e ! Plus the twists at the wall really help. Thanks
  • judy Siek     Oct 6th, 2012
    Jason, Your message is so clear and this practice felt like yoga therapy. Very nice.
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 5th, 2012
    Deborah- I'm glad to hear this made sense for your body. Thanks for the comment.
  • Jason Crandell     Oct 5th, 2012
    Dar- thank you for the feedback.
  • Deborah Samuels     Oct 5th, 2012
    Thank you so much. Delicious! Neck and shoulders are especially happy campers. Great sequence that made physical and emotional sense. I may cancel my massage later today. Naaah.
  • dar carman     Oct 5th, 2012
    Great practice!love the idea of freeing the tension first brilliant! Gave me something to question feel and share
    Big gaint thank you! Dar from CT