The final week of July’s stretch is called Reclined Pigeon. This will stretch the outer hip, piriformis, gluteal, and low back musculature. You will get a bonus stretch through the front hip flexors as well!
Do not perform this stretch if you have knee injuries or sacroiliac issues. Please discontinue this stretch if you experience any tingling, numbness, or sharp pain in your hips, legs, or low back. Please consult your physician before performing the stretch if you have had any surgeries on your knees, hips or low back. If you have difficulty getting up and down from the floor please skip this stretch.
How to perform:
*Tip: If it is difficult to get your leg in this position because of a very tight hip, then bend your left leg so that your foot is on the floor as shown in the modified photo. This will make it more accessible.
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