After a run, this is one of the poses I always do to stretch out my lower back, shoulders, and hamstrings. I stay in this pose for a good 5 minutes, allowing the backs of my legs to slowly relax and loosen up. It's easy to do, but can be really intense, so ease into it in the beginning.
- Sit on the floor with your legs in a straddle position with about three to four feet between your heels. Make sure your toes and knees are pointing straight up. Sit with a tall spine, extending the crown of your head away from your hips. Stay here if this is enough for your hamstrings, or slowly fold forward at your hips, pressing your belly button and chest forward to prevent your back from rounding.
- Either support the weight of your torso with your hands on your legs or feet, or rest them out in front of you. For a variation, walk your hands over to the right side, folding over that leg, further stretching out the right hamstring. After five breaths walk your hands and torso over to the left side.
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