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Wide Straddle

Since tight inner thighs and hamstrings can cause lower-back pain, do this relaxing Seated Wide-Legged Straddle to stretch the backs of your legs and your lower back at the same time.

  • From Boat, release your legs to the floor so there's about three to four feet between your heels. Inhale to lengthen your spine, and on an exhale, slowly fold forward as far as you can with a flat back, making sure your toes and knees are pointing straight up.
  • Keep your spine long, and avoid hunching. Rest your hands on your feet, your legs, or on the floor in front of you. As you feel your body opening up, work on lowering your chest toward the ground.
  • Stay here for five breaths.
Photos: Jenny Sugar at Laughing River Yoga Studio