Parsvottanasana – Intense Side Stretch With Hands On Blocks
Feel the space in your hamstrings, hips and spine expanding as you stretch like a pro, with these essential tip-offs from a Yoga teacher.
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Intense Side Stretch with Hands on Blocks
Hi. I’ve got Soraya with me today, and she’s going to be our model for the tips of the day. Soraya’s a beginner. As we go through the tips, remember just to work at where your body’s at, because I’m going to be working where Soraya’s body’s at. These tips should really help you out with your own practice.
Tip of the day today is intense side stretch. Soraya’s in the pose. The blocks are slightly a bit too low. The left hip’s coming forward, the right hip’s flying up a bit. If we just take the blocks and turn them on to the high side, so take the blocks out, and now pressing the hands into the block, let the head come in line with the spine, this is looking a lot better, pressing the left foot to the floor, so that left hip comes back, and pressing the right foot to the floor.
One of the other problems is with tight hamstrings, the back heel tends to come off the floor, so what we can do is we can slip a block in underneath that heel, and it gives something for the heel to work into. For Soraya, this block height is fine. But if your heel isn’t touching the block, we can take this block out, come to this block. Now, the hips are a lot squarer, the spine is nice and long and the shoulders are nice and broad. If you don’t have any blocks or can’t use any blocks, just take the back foot to the wall.