YOGA MADE EASY

Stretch for strength

  • Photo: Bhanu Prakash Chandra; Model: Manasa Upadhya
  • Photo: Bhanu Prakash Chandra; Model: Manasa Upadhya
  • Photo: Bhanu Prakash Chandra; Model: Manasa Upadhya
  • Photo: Bhanu Prakash Chandra; Model: Manasa Upadhya

Gluteus medius, a hip muscle, is an abductor (helps move the leg away from the midline of the body) and plays a role in controlling the sideways tilting of the pelvis. Toning of this muscle is crucial to hip actions like running and walking. Here is a posture that benefits the pelvis, groin and the knee, too.

METHOD:
* Practitioner lies down sideways with left hand stretched and right hand on the floor in front.
* Legs are kept straight.
* Facilitator stands behind and supports the pelvic rim of the practitioner with the right leg.
* Facilitator then bends and, holding the right ankle of the practitioner, gently lifts the leg.
* Practitioner pulls the knee cap and stretches toes towards the knee.
* Facilitator pulls the leg further to intensify the stretch.
* Keeping the pelvis stable, facilitator pushes the practitioner’s leg to the extent possible.
* Practitioner stays in this posture for 30-60 seconds.
* Facilitator helps the practitioner to come back to start.
* Practitioner to repeat the exercise on the other side and relax.

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