Straddle Flexibility

We are always told that we need to use long holds in our stretching techniques. And I agree - but sometimes holding a frog in the centre of the room is just not accessible. And more importantly - when your body is uncomfortable in a long hold stretch it tends to tense making it harder to lengthen, which means your unlikely to see much progress in your flexibility. The key to long hold stretches is to relax the body as MUCH as possible -
And that’s where my favourite things PROPS come in. .
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As you can see in each of these three long hold poses I’ve used something to take some of the strain from my body. .
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Click HERE for a mini hip opening flow (remember to repeat both sides as I’ve only shown one) and use a wall and props where you want to modify each pose in the video! .
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1) Malasana - lean your back against the wall to begin with. As you become more comfortable in this pose you can love to the centre of the room (and I do recommend this over time to build more strength with your flexibility). This allows your hips to relax enough to gain flexibility and gradually grow deeper in your stretch.
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2. Frog stretch reclined - this is for those people that find doing Frog super hard. Try lying down in front of the wall and opening your knees into frog. Allow your feet to rest on the wall, again taking the strain out of the pose and allowing your hips to open gradually and without tension. .
3. Frog with a bolster - so you hate doing frog because it hurts your knees? It’s painful? Use a bolster/pillow/blanket underneath your legs to allow you to “sink” into the posture rather then tensing and feeling uncomfortable. This will allow you to hold the posture for a longer time reaping maximal benefits from the yin posture. .

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