Let’s talk #hamstrings!
Hamstrings attach from the base of your pelvis to the back of your knee, just below the knee joint. 🧐
When they are tight, short, restricted, whatever you want to call it, they can pull you into a posterior pelvic tilt (left), which is 🚫no good for your spine 👎👎 So while we are practicing patience 🧘🏻♀️and working on flexibility, let’s try some modifications to keep you safe, but also to make sure your stretching efforts are effective!! 👍
#pyramidpose is one of my favorite yoga moves for stretching hamstrings (and hips!), especially after a 🏃🏻♀️run!
It combines the flexibility challenge of the hamstrings with the opposing muscle strength in the quads to hold you up...and even a little #corestrength! 🆒
Instead of forcing a straight leg and stressing the spine 😣, take a slight bend in the knee and focus more on lengthening the spine, lifting from the sit-bones (#ischialtuberosities for my fellow anatomy nerds!). And elevate your hands on blocks or to a wall. I promise you will still feel a great stretch!
Hold 5-10 deep breaths, making micro-adjustments as you slowly start to release.
Practicing patience and meeting your boys where it’s at is not easy, but I it works better and faster than fixing your body into something it isn’t ready for! 👌
Good luck, go forth and stretch! And if you’re local pop in and see me @tosayoga on Monday & Tuesday mornings, we’ll be playing with this pose all month! 👊✌️