During this very particular period of confinement, asking us to reinvent ourselves, to be creative to continue in our daily lives, (re) learning to listen to our body and its sensations is essential. Finding moments to ask yourself for a “return to yourself”, breathing and / or trying out a few postures to calm the mind and untie the body becomes life-saving.
The half-split posture – or Ardha Hanumanasana (अर्ध हनुमानासन in Sanskrit) – is a stretching position on the ground. Ideal for runners looking to relax their legs after an effort, it allows to soften the hamstrings, while stretching the hips, calves and lower back.
To achieve this position, extend the right leg forward and keep the left knee and the pelvis perpendicular to the floor. If your flexibility is lacking and the posture pulls too much on the thigh tendons, keep a micro-flexion in the knee until your muscles relax. Place your hands on either side of your front leg. Once in place, “do not try to round your back, but rather to lengthen it to stretch it,” advises Masha.
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