Having said that, in yoga, forward bends are how we stretch the calves and hamstrings, so we don’t want to leave them out.
PRIMARY MUSCLES STRETCHED
- Calves and hamstrings.
- Lower back.
- Strap or belt (optional)
- This is a great one to do after a ride when you’re fully warmed up and your calves and hamstrings need a good stretch.
- If you have lower back issues, you may be advised against practicing forward bends, so please check with your physical therapist if you’re in doubt. If this is the case, you can safely stretch your calves and hamstrings in Reclining Hand-To-Big-Toe (which I demonstrate in this sequence) without stressing your lumbar spine. In this pose and Head-To-Knee, bend your knees as much as you need to and see how you get on with a strap.