Half Frog pose is an advanced backbend that stretches the feet, ankles, knees, quads, abs, chest and shoulders and increases spinal mobility. Unfortunately, this is one of those poses that is incredibly awkward as it requires considerable flexibility in your upper body. In a sequence, you can always substitute Sphinx or a standing quad stretch.
HALF FROG POSE BENEFITS
- Stretches the feet, ankles, knees, quads, hip flexors, abs, chest and shoulders.
- Improves spinal mobility.
Lie face down on your mat.
Come up onto your forearms in Sphinx pose. Cross your right forearm across your body so that it is parallel to the top of your mat. Pick up your left foot and reach back to hold of the inside of your left foot. Rotate your elbow up to the sky, slide your fingertips over the top of your foot and curl them over your toes. Apply gentle pressure with the base of your palm to the top of your foot.
Stay on your belly with your forehead resting on your right forearm, instead of coming first into Sphinx pose.
Hold the pose for 3-5 breaths on each side.
- Avoid Half Frog pose if you have a foot, knee, lower back or shoulder injury.