Yoga instructor Sage Rountree describes the final of three Low Lunge exercises that will open up your hips and increase your stride length!
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Runner Low Lunge Yoga Exercise 3 Hi I'm Sage Rountree. I'm a coach, a yoga teacher and author of Athlete’s Guide to Yoga. We’re going to add one more stretch to the sequence from low lunge. The left leg forward and the right leg back, we need some extra cushioning for the right leg because we’re going to have the weight back over the knee. So you can roll up your mat at a pillow if your knee isn't accustomed to bearing weight. You start in low lunge with the finger tips to the floor or two books or yoga blocks. And we’re going to shift both hips back, so as though we were standing on the right knee. Don’t let your left hip be high, don’t let your hips be on a diagonal. So you may have to come up pretty high if your hamstrings are tight. You can have this stretched. You can even do this with the hands on the hips. Noticed that you’ve got to bend in the left knee, we don’t want to hyperextend the knee. We don’t want to stress it there. If your hands can be down on the floor, well that will be fine. Keep your shoulders lower than your back pretty long and after a few breathes there being really careful and not to let this get too intense. You can pull your toes up off the ground and roll to the back of the heel. Classic runners lunge here. Let it stretch you on the hold for maybe five breathes until you start to feel a relief down the back of the leg both in the hamstring and the knee calf. And then you'll slide your weight forward so that you can come out carefully. For Competitor Running, I'm Sage Rountree.