Exercise Of The Month – Low Lunge Quad Stretch

Exercise: Low Lunge Quad Stretch

Sanskrit Name: Anjaneyasana Variation

Benefits:

This is a great pose for athletes.  It treats the typical source of lower-body soreness, especially in runners: tight quads, hamstrings, and hips.

 

Shortening: biceps, deltoid, hamstrings, gluteus, rhomboids, iliopsoas, triceps, pelvic floor muscles

Lenthening: pectoral is major, iliopsoas, glutes, quadriceps, lower abdominals

Stabilizing: serratus anterior, latissimus dorsi

Directions:

1. Start on hands and knees

2. Step one foot between hands

3. Bring hands to front knee

4. Keep pelvis over back knee, and take hold of back with same hand

-if you can’t reach, use a strap around the foot or ankle

5. To effect the stretch, move back hip towards its outer hip, and move the hips forward.

Common problems:

Front knee beyond ankle

Back leg bent

Hips not level

Belly collapses onto front thigh

Spine rounding

Contraindications:

Serious knee problems

About Katherine Smyth

Katherine Smyth, is a registered Acupuncturist with the CTCMA, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and counselor and owner of Squamish Mountain Medicine. Squamish Mountain Medicine is an alternative medicine clinic helping people live pain free without the use of prescription drugs. Squamish Mountain Medicine provides natural health options to people of all ages, with a specialty in pain, injuries, stress, depression & anxiety, headaches, digestive issues, women’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Kat is a proud part of the integrative team of practitioners at Reach Physiotherapy Clinic in Squamish, British Columbia. To book an appointment or for more info go to www.squamishmountainmedicine.com

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