by: Jill Miller
I have been teaching yoga for 17 years, and one of the most frequent complaints I hear from students and yoga-phobes alike is that they don’t have enough time for practice, so they avoid it altogether.
Avoiding a regular practice of stretching will never get you the healing benefits that come with the work. Even if you only do one pose a day, you will make a huge difference in your body, brain, and well-being.
So I am here to entice you to try one pose — just this one. You don’t need to memorize a sequence. You won’t even need a lot of space or yoga props. This pose can be done every single day, and it will decompress your back and lengthen your hamstrings, IT band, and calves. It also strengthens your abdominals and back while stretching the chest, and, for an added bonus, massages your internal organs!
This too-good-to-be-true pose is my absolute favorite pose, and I have yet to meet a student in my Yoga Tune Up® classes, private sessions or workshops who doesn’t let out a deep primal “Ohhggmmmnnuugghaaah!” when they do this pose correctly.
Ladies and gentlemen, behold the wondrous powers of Leg Stretch #3.
To get the maximum benefit out of this pose, attempt to follow the directions precisely. The better your alignment, the better the results! Position yourself on your back, in a corner by two walls. You will need to have a yoga block, or substitute a book or even a water bottle.
Historically, being “put in a corner” means “time out.” After practicing this pose once or twice, you will be running to a corner to make your own “time out.”
Empower yourself. Practice your new all-in-one-pose yoga practice and feel the instant transformation.
For another variation of this pose on video, click here.