20 Jan Gentle 15 Minute Yoga for Tight Hips and Hamstrings
The hips and hamstrings are notoriously tight muscles of the lower body. This gentle yoga sequence intends to bring length into those areas, which also help release lower back tension.
Everybody is susceptible to tight hamstrings, from professional runners to office workers. People who spend long hours sitting at a desk or who have intense training schedules can benefit from a few proper hamstring stretches.
Benefits of stretching hips and hamstrings:
- Decrease risk of injury – When these areas of our body are opened it decreases strain on other areas of your body, especially the back and knees.
- Decrease aches and pain – Tight hamstrings are a common source of lower back pain.
- Improves posture – Tight joints and hamstring muscles contributes to poor posture. Yoga stretches works wonders for improving flexibility and the strength of your postural muscles.
Yoga Sequence For Tight Hips & Hamstrings
Here’s a gentle 15 minute floor yoga sequence with hip openers and hamstring stretches to try. It’s the perfect tool to use when you are feeling tight in the morning, or after a run. Try to breathe into each pose, and if you cannot breathe calmly while in any of these poses its a sign that you need to pull back. Always work within a pain-free range. Enjoy, your hips and legs will love you for it!
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