SaraBethYoga: 20 Minute Deep Stretch for Athletes | Yoga for Flexibility & Hips

20 Minute Deep Stretch for Athletes | Yoga for Flexibility & Hips is a nice deep yoga stretching routine. Sara has you hold some of the poses for what felt like a long time (a minute or longer). My lower body is a little sore from the workout I did yesterday so holding pigeon pose for so long became a bit uncomfortable but not painful. And uncomfortable in a good way. I feel like my lower body really needed this deep, long stretching. Since Sara has you hold some of the poses for a long time, she talks you through relaxing into the pose. So I really focused on trying to relax into some of the more uncomfortable positions. I did feel very good by the end of this practice.

20 Minute Deep Stretch for Athletes | Yoga for Flexibility & Hips is 21:44 minutes. The actual practice is only 20 minutes; the last 1:44 minutes is Sara talking. Sara shows modifications for the pigeon pose (reclining pigeon). This practice is done voice over to relaxing music.

  1. Child’s pose; reach hands over to one side, hands stacked, stretching the side of the body
  2. Cat/cow pose
  3. Downward facing dog
  4. Pigeon pose
  5. Repeat #3
  6. Repeat #4 on other side of body
  7. Repeat #3
  8. Bridge pose, shoulders pulled together and hands interlaced underneath you
  9. Reclining butterfly with arms on floor overhead
  10. Laying on back, pull one knee into chest while other leg is extended straight on mat; pull knee across body into reclining spinal twist; bend leg that is extended straight and grab top of foot with same side hand, pulling foot foot toward glutes
  11. Pull both knees into chest and hold
  12. Repeat #10 on other side of body
  13. Happy baby pose; rock side to side
  14. Corpse pose for approx 3 minutes
  15. Still laying on back, reach arms overhead to stretch
  16. Fetal position
  17. Sit cross-leg with hands in prayer

For more info on SaraBethYoga and other (free) streaming workouts I’ve sampled and reviewed, check out my Streaming page.

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