[Pose Of the Week] Stretch Forever in Infinity Pose (Advanced)
Enjoy a unique advanced-level stretch for the hips, hamstrings and more with Infinity Pose!
Infinity Pose (Baddha Anantasana) is an intermediate-to-advanced yoga pose that may look a bit complicated, but it offers a fun and unique stretch! This pose helps to open up the groin area, offers a great stretch for the hamstrings and hip flexors, and strengthens the inner thighs and quads. It also strengthens the core, improves flexibility throughout the lower body, and is believed to reduce stress and anxiety.
To modify the pose, keep the raised leg more upright, and loop a yoga strap around the lifted foot. Hold onto the strap instead of your foot until you gain the flexibility to bring your leg all the way behind your shoulder.
Be sure your hips and hamstrings are fully warmed up before attempting this pose. If you suffer from neck pain or neck injuries, look straight ahead in the pose. Those with hip, ankle, or knee issues or injuries should avoid this pose.
How to Do Infinity Pose:
- Start in Side Lying Split or Side-Reclining Leg Lift, lying on the right side.
- Lift left leg and hook the knee/leg behind the left shoulder.
- Extend the left leg straight and place the foot in right hand (use your left hand to assist with this).
- Bend right knee.
- Reach down with left hand to grab right foot on the inside of the leg.
- Continue to point right knee downstairs to keep straight line.
- Press hips forward to avoid rolling onto back.
- Turn your head to look up at the raised foot.
- Stay here for 3-6 deep breaths.
- To exit the pose, release right foot, then left.
- Roll on to your back and relax for a few breaths, then repeat on opposite side for the same amount of time.
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