10 yoga classes for happy hamstrings

Give those tight hamstrings some TLC with these ten hand-picked yoga classes.

David Lurey

Release and lengthen the hamstrings mindfully with this mix of Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Therapeutic, Somatics and Yamuna yoga classes ranging from 15 minutes to an hour.

1. Forward bend variations – José de Groot / 15 mins

A short Yin session offering various poses and variations to work on very tight hamstrings and tension in the lower back. 

2. Yamuna hamstrings – Nichi Green / 15 mins

Using the Yamuna balls, work from the middle to the outer and inner hamstring for a deep hamstring release.

3. Supta Padangusthasana revisited – Lisa Petersen / 23 mins 

Re-examine how we practise everyone’s favourite lying down leg stretch series. Includes tips, tricks and modifications for sacral and low back issues. 

4. Releasing spine – Aki Omori / 25 mins

If you always struggled with “short hamstrings”, then you may discover a new insight in how you can improve your flexibility. 

5. Back body strength and stretch – MacKenzie Miller / 30 mins

Give the back side of your body (the posterior chain) lots of love. Gain a new awareness and appreciation of the muscles that keep you upright. 

6. S-T-R-E-T-C-H – David Lurey / 35 mins

Longer holds and active stretches of major muscle groups in the body to release the lower back and hamstrings. 

7. Yin for hams, hips and Achilles tendons – Andrew Wrenn / 35 mins

Open the hips, lengthen the hamstrings and abductors and soothe the nervous system in this yummy Yin class.

8. Mini Vinyasa hamstring flow – Marlene Henny / 42 mins

Move mindfully and fluidly through poses that stretch the back of the body, so that other postures can become more accessible. 

9. Blissful hamstrings – Esther Ekhart / 45 mins

A slow floor-based build-up leads to a dynamic standing flow and back to the floor in this Slow Vinyasa flow.

10 . Healthy lower back and flexible hamstrings – José de Groot / 1hr 

Release tension in the lower back, open up the hips and stretch the hamstring muscles. Great for those who sit for long periods of the day. 

Download these to your offline app 

We’ve made this list of classes for EkhartYoga members who use our offline viewing app. So if you’re going away or want to do yoga in your garden (garden and weather-depending!) you’ll have these videos easily to hand.

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Kirsty TomlinsonKirsty took her yoga teacher training with Esther Ekhart in 2013 and moved to the Netherlands from the UK to work for EkhartYoga in 2015. She's previously worked in publishing, graphic design and legal recruitment. Her role at EkhartYoga is a varied one - content creator, teacher manager, copywriter, and dog lover. You may recognise her beloved canine, Hunter, hogging the limelight in several of our classes!