18 May Thursday Stretch: Yogi Squat
THURSDAY STRETCH: YOGI SQUAT
Squatting a natural movement and position, but in the western world we’ve fallen out of the way of it in our everyday lives – it’s actually very similar to the natural position for humans for going for a poo!) Young children are usually great at the yogi squat, readily adopting it with their hips very low when picking something up.
The yogi squat variation is good for stretching into the groin, quads, ankles and lower back.
- Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart and toes turned out.
- Keeping your spine long and chest up (sit more upright that I am in the photo – I’m tight!). Drop your hips and keep your heels down.
- Bring your elbows to your knees and your palms together.
- By squeezing your palms together, you will be pushing your knees wide, enhancing the stretch.
- Hold for a minimum of 30 seconds, but you can go for 2-3 minutes if you want to try and fully release into the pose.
Allow your hips, glutes and lower back to relax while maintaining the pose.
Mastering this pose will keep you limber for weighted squats with a great range of movement.
In our Ibiza Sunrise class we do a lot of stretching work, so come along and try it out!