One Leg Downward Dog with Hip Opener

One Leg Downward Dog with Hip Opener:

  • Come into your Downward Dog and take a few deep breaths
  • Lift your right leg up as high as you can. 
  • Keep your lower back long. 
  • Bend your knee and open your hip kicking your heel towards your bum. 
  • Extend the thigh up towards the ceiling as much as you can. 
  • Keep the shoulders even. 
  • Lift up through the lower belly and the pelvic floor. 
  • Take 5 deep breaths here. 
  • Step back to Downward Dog and change sides. 

BENEFITS:

  • Great for opening up the hip flexors. 
  • Good stretch for the hamstring in the standing leg.
  • Inversions such as this get blood flushing up to the head and the heart. 
  • Good for the immune system. 
  • Simultaneously strengthening and lengthening the legs. 

 

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