🥨 Yoga for Hamstring Flexibility 🥨 So many times when talking to others about yoga I hear “I’d be no good I can’t touch my toes”. Truth be told Yoga doesn’t care if you can or can’t touch your toes, that’s our ego! 🥨 However, having hamstring flexibility is important to preventing injury and of course to progress in some yoga poses. Here are a few poses to help lengthen this very important muscle. 🥨 HALF LIFT : keeping back flat, lift halfway up to standing with a micro bend in your knees and take 5 deep breaths. 🥨 LOW LUNGE : placing 1 knee to the floor, bend through front knee, spine long, tummy drawn in, and hands resting on front thigh. Opening up the hip flexor helps to release tension carried in the hamstring. Hold here for 5 breaths. 🥨 DEEP LOW LUNGE : sink deeper into your front leg maintaining control by engaging values and core again to lengthen hip flexor. 🥨LUNGE QUAD STRETCH : muscles work in pairs, and the quadriceps are the pair to the hamstrings. Having tight hamstrings may not be the problem, it may be your hamstrings are weak because it’s opposite muscle, the Quads are over active and overpowering in strength. Relax and stretch your quads at the same time of lengthening hamstrings to counteract and balance this muscle pair.
In low lunge, bend back knee in towards bottom, holding here for 5 breaths. 🥨 LYNIG QUAD STRETCH : lining on your front, bend your leg and draw your foot towards your bottom to stretch the quad in a more supported way. 🥨 HALF SPLIT : straightening one leg in front of you, take your bottom to your heel, flex through the front foot, spine long and straight and gaze to your front toes. 🥨 The Hamstrings are very long and powerful muscles that need to be kept in good condition to prevent injury, help mobility, reduce lower back pains and yes sometimes in yoga it can look pretty cool to get your nose to your knee but it’s not a prerequisite to practice 😉 x x