This wide legged forward fold stretch is just what your hamstrings have been waiting for. Easy to execute, the wide legged forward fold is one that will elongate the back of your body and relieve massive amounts of tension from your neck and spine. This stretch is both a forward fold and inversion, so it packs a double whammy of yoga goodness.
The goal of this stretch is to try and get your head as close to the ground as possible… without tipping over. Your giant noggin will very nicely weigh your upper body down allowing for a maximum stretch through the hamstrings.
Use gravity to slowly pull you deeper through the stretch. Peak your head through and execute a good old-fashioned peek a-boo to those behind you!
– Hamstrings, back and neck
– Post leg-day, upon waking up, after long periods of sitting
Wide Legged Forward Fold instructions:
- Begin in a wide stance, with feet parallel and hands on hips
- Slowly bend at the waist and lower head towards the floor, as far down as possible without rounding your back. Try and get your head down as close to the floor as possible!
- Slightly bend knees to avoid locking. Place hands on the floor in front of your feet with palms flat on the floor. Slowly walk them back so they’re in line with your feet
- Be mindful to keep your spine straight and soften your body. Hold for 3-5 breaths. When you’re ready to come back up, place hands on hips and slowly start raising yourself up, one vertebrae at a time
Check out this video for an in-depth explanation and visuals.