7 Poses for Healthy Hamstrings

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Hamstrings can be difficult to deal with and many of us suffer from tight hips and hamstrings. Having tight hamstrings can cause different kinds of problems - lower back pain, neck pain, muscle cramps, and could limit the range of motion in your hips and knees.

Why don't you release the negativity? Try these yoga poses that will help you work loosen up your muscles and stretch out those tight areas.

Warrior III

This pose can be a challenging one for many people because of the range of motion it requires, especially when it comes to the hamstrings. 

Triangle Pose

Make sure not to lock your knees in triangle. You can rest your hand on your ankle, shin, the floor, or a block. Pick the one that allows you to really open your chest to the ceiling.

 

Bow Pose
This pose can look a little intimidating at first glance, and may make you feel like you have to have super human flexibility in order to reap the benefits it offers.

Seated Forward Bend
Put padding (a blanket or bolster) under your seat if it's hard for you to sit up straight when your butt is flat on the floor.

Head-to-Knee
Make sure the bent-leg foot doesn't slide under the straight leg. If forward bends hurt your back, loop a strap around your flexed foot. 

Runner's Lunge

If this stretch is too much, try bending the back leg so that it is resting on the mat.  

Crescent Lunge

 If you are having trouble balancing, move your back leg out to the side, away from your body to widen your
stance. 

 

Give each of them a try, but before anything else, consult your doctor before you begin any yoga routine especially if you have any pain or injury.

Choose the ones that give your body the best bang and start there for now. Try setting 10 to 15 minutes aside each day for some gentle hamstring stretches. In the process, you are likely to find surprising benefits—apart from greater ease in yoga postures. Keep your vital muscles happy and healthy. Namaste!

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