So often, in yoga or other movement and exercise forms, people focus on stretching their hamstrings (upper, backs of legs). In my years of teaching, I often, instead, give students the "homework" of stretching their calves. They're overlooked and under appreciated! Here are two simple ways to stretch your achilles, soleus and gastrocnemius (the main tendon and two muscles that make up the lower, backs of your legs). When you stretch your calves, you'll help to release your hamstrings (backs of your legs), and move with more ease throughout your day. Try it. We ALL need it.
(These two stretches are especially good before your yoga practice. Your first Forward Fold and Downward Facing Dog will feel different)
|Achilles and Soleus Stretch - feet about a foot apart, both feet straight ahead, both knees bent and heels on the ground - hold for about ten slow, deep breaths|