If you feel last night’s pose too much in the knees, or you’re recovering from an injury, this is a great alternative that allows you to ‘modulate’ the stretch, opening one inch at a time, more precisely than simply ‘sliding’ the legs out. For those wanting to splurge even more, do it against a wall and just let gravity increase the angle, one exhalation at a time. I also like the wall because it clearly shows the line on which the legs should be (looking from above, a straight one, heel to heel). Sometimes when we’re reclined and hold onto the heels, we pull the legs towards the shoulders, decreasing the opening angle for the sake of lowering them to the ground. That also tilts the hips and makes us lift the sacrum so, once more as it’s happened before, instead of isolating the stretch, we’re rounding the back, giving the illusion that we’re going further. So, drop the butt, keep the top part of the sacrum on the mat, engage at the flexors and project the legs all the way through the toes! Be safe and adapt it to your needs. Your turn, shine on!!
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