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Exploring the flexibility of the thighs standing

Lift one leg, bent at the knee, behind you and use both hands to hold onto the foot. Raise the foot as high in the air as possible, bending forward at the hips to maintain balance and alignment. Explore the same move switching to the other foot. Remember that the quadriceps form the largest muscle group in the body. You will do yourself a great favor by facilitating lengthening and relaxation of your quads. Their muscles-antagonists are hamstrings, which you may notice lengthening in the standing leg as you tilt the upper body forward lifting the foot behind you. This will promote the flow of 0/ in your legs and enhance their strength and mobility. Alternate legs whenever you are ready.

Exploring the flexibility of the thighs on the ground

If you feel adventurous enough, you may experiment with another, more challenging exploration of the flexibility of your thighs and hip flexors, which include rectus femoris, ilio-psoas and sartorius. Kneel on the floor keeping about one foot distance both between your knees and feet, so that you can fit your hips between the feet. Reach for the floor behind you and start walking your hands backward, tilting your torso as far back as you can. Initially, go only as far as you feel appropriate. As your flexibility increases, you may find you are able to lay your back flat on the floor behind you. Continue to breathe naturally throughout your explorations.


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