Early Morning Hamstring Stretch

Good morning to all my few readers.  Today has started out pretty good so far.  I’m a little sore from teaching two great classes yesterday but as they say, no pain no gain! My only wish is I would feel more pain in my abs telling me they are getting smaller and tighter!  LOL But alas I feel it in my arms and legs! Oh well.  I guess I will have to do more core work to get my six pack! 🙂

Unfortunately todays pose is not one for the core but it still is a great stretch.  This is one of those poses that is always hard for a ton of people because in general we have tight hamstrings unless we work them daily.  If you need to spread your legs a little, you can do that as well.  In this picture, it was the first yoga I have done so far today.  Another thing about this pose is to watch the back of the knees.  As I have said earlier, the back of the knees are full of little tendons that should not be stretched a whole lot.  They are very painful if stretched too much.

Todays pose: Paschimottanasana- seated forward fold- Sit on the floor in dandasana.  Made sure your sit bones are firm in the floor.  Inhale the arms up and exhale, hinge at the hips and at you come forward.  Make sure the knees have a soft bend in them.  Bring your hands to where you want.  You can grab your toes if you want or you can place your thumbs under your legs for a little leverage.  Stay here for at least 30 seconds breathing slowly.  Again if you feel any pain in the back of the knee please back off a little.

What this pose works: erector spinae, gluteus maximus, hamstrings, gastrocnemius, scalp fascia, sacrotuberous, achilles tendon and the plantar fascia muscle.