June 15 2016
If you have beginner-jitters going into a yoga practice, one teacher has three things to remember.
*Content courtesy of ACE Fit (acefitness.org)
Love to run? Give the muscles of your lower body some much-needed TLC by adding these yoga poses to your post-run stretch session.
Intense Side Stretch (Parsvottonasana)
This pose, commonly referred to as pyramid pose, is the perfect release for tight hamstrings. Begin standing with the feet hip-width distance apart and step your left foot back about 3-4 feet behind you, aligning the heel of the right foot with the heel of the left foot, allowing the left foot to turn out at a 45-degree angle. Place your hands on your hips and square your hipbones with the front edge of the mat, bringing the left hip slightly forward and drawing the right hip slightly back. With the core engaged to maintain length in the spine, begin to hinge at the hips and fold forward, allowing the torso to melt over the right thigh. Keep the thighs engaged throughout this pose as you release the crown of the head toward the mat and allow the arms to release toward the floor. Breathe deeply as you hold this pose for 30 seconds before repeating on the opposite side.