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The 6 Stretches For Anyone With Tight Hamstrings

Strike a Yoga Pose: Wide Squat

You can never open your hips enough - especially if you are a runner or biker. Doing a wide squat opens those tight hips, releases tension in your lower back, and stretches out the muscles in your feet. This will get you ready for next Monday's Yoga Challenge.

How to get into this pose:

  • Start in Downward Facing Dog Pose, making sure your hands are in line with your shoulders.
  • Look up between your hands, bend your knees, and jump both feet right behind your hands. Or walk them to your hands one at a time.
  • Bend your knees completely if you can. Try to bring your heels down to the ground and out towards the edges of your mat - you may need to bring your feet wider apart.
  • Shift all your weight into your feet and bring your palms together in front of your heart. Stay here for 5 breaths
  • Now place your hands on the ground in front of you, straightening through your arms, and dropping your head between your shoulders - this stretches out your lower back and relieves tension.
  • Come out of this pose slowly by walking your hands in towards your feet and gently lifting your hips and straightening through your legs. Stand up when you're ready.
  • Check out this week's Challenge, Bow Pose, in Fitsugar's Group It's A Stretch.

Join The Conversation
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I love this pose. I learned it when I was pregnant and it helped my low back then and it still does.
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