Standing Separate Leg Stretching
Tips for Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose
As you enter this posture your hamstrings quickly make their presence known and the deep stretch of these muscles is one of the benefits of the posture. If you have tight hamstrings and this is challenging for you be sure to continue to contract your quads as you enter the pose to allow your hamstrings to relax. This process of contraction and relaxation of opposing muscle groups in known as reciprocal inhibition. Another muscle group that utilises reciprocal inhibition in this pose is the erector spinae muscle group that run along either side of your spine. Contracting your rectus abdominals (your six pack!) will allow these back muscles to relax and for you to gain more depth in the stretch.
This is another of the 'struggle' postures that many people find challenging and with so many instructions can be overwhelming. Relax into the posture, let your head hang loose like a bowling ball, relax your cervical spine (neck) and with some detachment let your mind find the points of tension where you might feel stuck in this posture. Feel the tension, acknowledge its presence, then move on to the next point of tension. Don't try to 'fix' it or change anything simply notice it and move on.
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