Strengthening Legs for a Healthy Back: Beyond Walking, Beyond Stretching
In this session, we isolate and address a vary large group of muscles that has immense potential to increase the strength of our legs - the hamstrings. These are crucial also in maintaining a healthy back. This session uses supports to hold asanas for longer duration, giving chance to the hamstrings to passively lengthen, instead of being pulled and jerked
Level: Gentle, Experienced Beginners
Duration: 80 mins.
Props needed: yoga strap, firm folded blankets for sitting, a sturdy chair (preferably yoga chair), couple of blocks
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Walking is an easily accessible activity for everyone. And it has many advantages. However, it is not enough to walk if one wants to maintain strength in the legs. Walking explores a very narrow part of the potential of our legs – because of the small range and repititive nature of the activity. In this session, we isolate and address a vary large group of muscles that has immense potential to increase the strength of our legs. The Hamstrings are a group of three muscles that connect to the hip on the top end and to the knee on the bottom end. They are some of the largest muscle groups in the body and involved in all large movements of the leg – including the simple act of walking. Hamstrings have to be strong to effectively do their job of moving the bulk of the body. But in order to leverage their full potential, they also have to be ‘long’. ‘Tight’ hamstrings benefit from all ‘stretching’ actions. But to truly leverage the potential of the hamstrings, we have to access, not just the middle, but the very ends of the hamstrings.The hamstrings are a group of three muscles and they connect the leg to the hip on the top end and to the knee on the bottom end. In this session we use a blanket to create an imprint and then practice to increase the awareness at the top end of the hamstring. This practice does not just strengthen legs, but is necessary to maintain back health