Side Lunge is a great pose for athletes to stretch the groin, calves and hamstrings, loosen up the hips and increase foot and ankle mobility. You can practice this pose dynamically before your workout or as a static hold after you exercise to keep your hips open and supple.
SIDE LUNGE BENEFITS
- Stretches the groin, hamstrings and calves.
- Opens up the hips.
- Improves mobility in the ankles, knees and hips.
- Strengthens the feet and ankles.
Start in Runners Lunge with your right foot forward—hands on either side of your front foot.
Take a deep breath in. Exhale, turn your back heel down and walk your hands to the back of the mat for Side Lunge. Drop your hips and flex your front foot to feel a stretch in your calf and hamstring.
Hold the pose for 3-5 deep breaths, in and out through your nose.
- To Release
Take a deep breath in. Exhale, walk your hands to the top of your mat and step back to Downward Dog for the other side.
- Avoid this pose if you have a foot, ankle or knee injury.