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Standing Hand to Big Toe A

Here's a more intense vertical split that allows you to use your upper-body strength to stretch your hamstring even more. Keep your lifted leg straight in order to effectively target the muscles in the back of the leg.

  • Stand with your big toes touching. Put all your weight into your left foot and lift your right foot up. Bend your knee so you can hold on to your right foot with both hands. Keep your left leg straight.
  • From here, work on straightening your right leg. Then if it's easy, pull your right thigh in toward your belly so your toes are pointing straight up.
  • Try to lengthen through your spine, and tuck your tailbone in so your torso is in line with your standing leg. Hold for five breaths, then slowly release your right foot to the ground. Repeat this stretch on the other side.

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