As you know, I’ve been practicing more yoga poses than ever. I don’t attend a yoga class, or follow along with videos. Instead, I find poses that will challenge my body in the areas I need improvement on and I practice them a few times a week.
One area I really need to improve, and been working on is my thighs. I cannot do the splits and I do have a goal, to be able to do the splits one day. I haven’t outlined a specific time frame, because I’m aiming to improve my entire body as my ultimate goal.
I’ve been performing two poses to focus on my inner thighs; The Wide Squat and The Extended Wide Squat.
Begin standing with your feet on the edge of the mat you are standing on. (about a little wider than shoulder width apart) Bend your knees, slowly bringing your butt closer to the floor while keeping your chest up. As your butt gets closer to the floor, your legs will widen and you will feel the stretch in your thighs and glutes. Place your hands together in front of your chest, and use your triceps to push against your knees, bringing your legs into an even wider stretch.
Extended Wide Squat
Moving from the wide squat position, reach your palms to the floor in front of you, slowly reaching your chest towards the floor. You are aiming to reach your chest towards the floor, while keeping your lower body in the wide squat position.
As you can see, I do not have much flexibility in my legs along with my spine. It is really hard for me to even get to this point. I just keep in mind, just like everything else, it takes time.
Practice creates a flexible bod! 😉