Today I'm explaining the ANATOMY BEHIND THE SPLITS! I think when we get to understand how some stuff works, we actually get more comfortable and more motivated to do those stuff! This also applies to other stuff in life 🙏😁
There are tons of different muscles contributing for the Splits! Almost every muscle of the hip joint! As the Split is an asymmetrical pose, the muscles that we stretch are also different for each leg. The front leg is mainly stretching hamstrings and gluteus maximus (muscles on the back of the leg). The back leg is stretching Quads and Psoas (muscles on the front of the leg). At the same time there are other muscles, from the outer and inner sides of the hips, that need to be stretched to keep your hips square! That's why in this challenge we tried to cover every pose that can stretch every of those muscles (but 12 days are not enough!! 😫). Don't only think about hamstrings! A hip joint is so much more complex than that! Hips move in all directions!! 😅
I hope after this info you'll be able to continue the journey of splits with a more conscious way of practice! 😊❤️
Day 6 of #FlowToSplits is Reclined Straddle or my version called Reclined Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose or Supta Padangusthasana.
Tips for this pose:
- Keep the spine straight and flat on the floor. Don't round your neck or lower back. Place a pillow below your head if you need to. Hips are square.
- For the bottom leg: Engage the quads, keeping the knee straight. Flex the foot towards you. Don't let this leg lift when raising the other leg.
- For the lifted leg you have 2 options: 1) straighten your leg and slowly bring it up until you can, without lifting the other leg up or rounding your back. Or 2) Start with knee bent and slowly start to straighten it by pushing your heel towards the sky.
- You can grab your Big Toe by bending your leg or you can place your hands behind the knee, or use a strap! #yogawithsarahu .
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