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Stretch of the Week: Wide Legged Straddle

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The Month of October is all about partner stretching! Stretching is more fun when done with someone, so grab a friend and get ready to do the Wide Legged Straddle.

The Wide Legged Straddle stretch primarily focuses on the back of the thighs and hips, as well as the back. You may need a folded blanket or towel for this one. If you have a hamstring, hip or low back injury, please do not perform this stretch.

How to perform:

  1. Sit facing each other on the floor. Make your legs wide and straight, then match up the soles of your feet with each other. If either of you are having difficulty sitting up tall with the legs straight, place a folded blanket under your sits bones, as shown in the photos.
  1. Reach for your partner’s hands. Press the soles of your feet into your partner’s feet, this keeps the legs active and straight. To engage your abdominal muscles, pull your belly button towards your spine and keep your back straight.
  1. Decide who will stretch first. The person stretching leans forward keeping the muscles mentioned above engaged. Their partner gently assists by bending their arms, leaning back and pulling slightly. See the photo marked ‘yes.’

*Please take note of the photo marked ‘No.’ Do not round out the spine, as this may increase strain to low back. Attempt to keep your legs straight unless it is too intense. In that case, a slight bend in your knees is okay.

  1. Stay in this position for one full minute. Then switch so the other partner can stretch. Have fun!

wide legged straddle stretch

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