If you enjoyed my first post on 3 Yoga Stretches for the Hamstring Muscles (Part 1), here are 3 additional yoga stretches that you can add to your routine!
These simple stretches may help to improve the flexibility and movement in your hamstring muscles. You can also use these gentle stretches to promote relaxation in the body. Feel free to hold each stretch for about 15-30 seconds (or as long as it is comfortable for you). During each stretch, you may combine it with slow and deep relaxing belly breaths (read my blog post How to: Belly Breathing, to read more about the belly breathing I am referring to). I usually hold my stretches for about 6-8 deep belly breaths and repeat them 2-4 times.
Please read: You should not feel any discomfort or pain. Stop if anything feels uncomfortable for you. Do not go beyond your body’s limit (the stretch that you do may look different from how it looks when I do it and that’s okay). If you are combining your stretches with belly breathing, stop if you ever feel lightheaded or dizzy. If you have high blood pressure or feel discomfort bending your head/body down, please do not perform these stretches. If you are unsure about these stretches or have any questions, remember to consult a registered physiotherapist before trying them. Otherwise, I hope that you can relax and enjoy these stretches! 🙂
1) Half splits (Ardha Hanumanasana) Tips: keep the torso long and bend towards your front leg. For those of you who are more advanced in yoga (or more flexible than I am) you can also try the full splits pose.
2) Forward fold (Uttanasana) Tips: it’s okay if you can’t reach your feet!
3) Cat lunge stretch Tips: starting with a wide lunge, move into a cat stretch/lunge by curling the spine and straightening your front and back legs.
P.S. Sorry for the delay in blog posts! There’s been an increase in my personal commitments recently and in the near future I will likely post monthly instead of bi-weekly. A big thanks to all my readers for your ongoing support and feedback. I hope to continue writing helpful blog posts to share with you all! 🙂