Reclined Leg Stretch
Reclined Leg Stretch provides a safe stretch for tight hamstrings, brings more freedom to your back, pelvis, and hips and opens the door to a host of other poses.
Lie on your back with your legs together. Extend both legs strongly through your heels.
Keep your left leg tunneling into the ground as you bend your right leg and draw it into your chest. Place a strap around the arch of the right foot and hold the strap in both hands.
Extend your right leg straight up. Walk your hands up the strap until the elbows are fully extended. Keep your neck relaxed and make sure you are not throwing your head back.
Lengthen the back of the leg between the heel and sitting bone. Try not to be overly enthusiastic about pulling your leg toward your chest. Instead emphasize the grounding of your left leg as you draw your arms back into the sockets and lift your collarbones.
Stay for 30 thirty seconds to 1 minute breathing evenly. Slowly release. Repeat on the left side.
If your head doesn’t rest comfortably on the floor, support it on a folded blanket.
It’s easy to focus on the raised leg and forget about the importance of the grounding leg. Practicing occasionally with your foot against a wall will remind you of your foundation.