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How to Do Seated Straddle Pose

Strike a Yoga Pose: Seated Straddle

Nothing feels better than stretching out your hips, hamstrings, and lower back after a long run or bike ride. Although my body feels tight at first, when I get into a pose like this, I could just melt into it.

Sanskrit Name: Upavishta Konasana
English Translation: Seated Angle Pose
Also Called: Seated Straddle

  • Sit down with your feet about 3-4 feet apart (not as wide as you can go). Reach back with your right hand and move the flesh of your right bum cheek away from you, and then do the same with your left. This will help your pelvis ground more firmly so you can stretch your hamstrings more effectively.
  • Sit tall, reaching your head away from your hips, and draw your belly and ribs in. Keep that length as you begin to fold forward at your waist, sliding your hands down your legs.
  • Listen to your hamstrings! Go down as far as you need to feel a stretch, but you don't want to feel pain. Stay for at least 5 deep breaths.

Fit's Tips: Try doing this pose with your feet closer together (about 2-3 feet) and again with your feet as wide as they'll go. This changes where you'll feel the stretch in your upper legs and hips.

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