Crescent to Hamstring Stretch

To do the Crescent to Hamstring Stretch, step one foot back into a nice wide lunge stance with the back heel up. Bend your front knee and place your hands on the ground on either side of your foot in a nice low runner’s lunge. Keep your back leg straight in the low lunge. Your back heel doesn’t need to be down, but you should be driving back through your heel not coming up onto your toe.

Then, staying in a nice low lunge, reach your hands up and back overhead to move into Crescent Pose.

Hold for a second or two, reaching your arms back overhead as you squeeze your glute to press your hip forward.  Then lower your arms back down and place your hands back down on the ground.

With your hands down on the ground, straighten your front leg and lean forward over your front leg to stretch your hamstring. As you straighten your front leg, you will want to drop your back heel down to the ground. If you can’t reach the ground while keeping your leg straight, you can also place your hands on your shin. Just focus on straightening that front leg.

Beginners may even need to drop their back knee down to the ground to help them balance as they straighten their front leg and stretch their hamstring.

After stretching your hamstring, raise your back heel back up and bend the front knee to move back into the low runner’s lunge before reaching your hands back up into Crescent.

Complete all reps on one side before switching.

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