Jock Yoga Tutorial: Balancing With Leg And Wrist Stretch

Above: Michael DeCorte demonstrates balancing with a leg and wrist stretch (Photo credits: Glenn Gebhardt)
Above: Michael DeCorte demonstrates balancing with a leg and wrist stretch (Photo credits: Glenn Gebhardt)

In this week’s Jock Yoga Tutorial, we will teach you how to effectively stretch the backs of the legs and wrists at the same time—all while building your balance! This forward-folding exercise is ideally done after a Jock Yoga Flow or similar warm-up that involves a lot of upward dog back-bending and wrist-flexion from chaturanga.

*You may want to have a block or a book to help with your balance

Jock Yoga Tutorial: Balancing With Leg And Wrist Stretch

Step 1: Come to standing neutral at the front of your mat. *A block can be within reach if you think you may need some extra help with your balance.

Jock Yoga Tutorial: Balancing With Leg And Wrist Stretch

Step 2: Bend your knees as much as you need to so that you are able to fold forward and tuck the entire left hand under your foot—all the way up to the wrist crease. Your right hand can be anywhere on the mat in front of you.

Jock Yoga Tutorial: Balancing With Leg And Wrist Stretch

Step 3: Once your left hand is completely under your foot, walk your right hand forward on the mat as much as you need to so that you are able to balance and begin to transfer your weight into the left foot—adding pressure onto the hand underneath it.

Jock Yoga Tutorial: Balancing With Leg And Wrist Stretch

Step 4: Slowly begin to lift your right leg up and back as much as you can. Breathe deeply through the nose. Keep your focus on one spot to help with your balance. Play with lifting your leg higher, folding deeper, straightening your standing leg a little more, and pressing your toes against the wrist. You should feel a deep stretch running up the back of the standing leg, as well as a massage on the hand and a stretch in the wrist. *Check in with your upper body and make sure you are not clenching the jaw or tightening up in the shoulders. Try to relax whatever muscles you don’t need to use for the exercise. Be sure to not overdo it—you know your body best. Never push yourself in a stretch to the point of even the mildest indication of ‘bad pain’. When you are finished, slowly lower your right leg down, remove your hand from under your foot and roll yourself up to standing. Repeat on the other side.

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Michael DeCorte

Michael DeCorte

Michael DeCorte is the creator of Jock Yoga, and a media fitness expert-both locally and nationally. A former body-builder and marathon runner turned yoga teacher, Michael is also a passionate health and fitness writer and international fitness tradeshow presenter. Michael can be found at www.jockyoga.com and on Twitter @JockYogaGuy.

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