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Mastering the Art of Flexibility

Looking to challenge your flexibility? Try out the Monkey Pose, also commonly known as “the splits”. The Monkey Pose is an advanced leg stretch and hip-opener that requires flexibility in the hips, hamstrings, glutes, and quads!

Adding the Monkey Pose to your regular practice can bring lightheartedness and fun to your mat. Let your imagination take over as you leap and stretch your legs into the biggest jump you’ve ever done!

👇🏻Read more and learn how you can get into the Monkey Pose!

 

Mastering the Art of Flexibility

Step 1 | Monkey Pose

Begin by kneeling upright on the floor. Extend your left foot forward in front of your right knee. Keep the left toes to the ground and ensure that your knee and back remains straight. Find your balance and maintain this pose for 5 breaths.

 

Mastering the Art of Flexibility

Step 2 | Monkey Pose

As you exhale, lean forward and drop your palms down on the ground. If you are unable to reach your palms to the ground, you can press your palms onto the yoga blocks support yourself.

 

Mastering the Art of Flexibility

Step 3 | Monkey Pose

Continue to lean forward and drop your elbows onto the ground. Ensure that you are keeping your spine straight.

 

Mastering the Art of Flexibility

Step 4 | Monkey Pose

Straighten your left leg, but do not lock or hyperextend your knee. Slowly begin to press your left heel forward, away from your torso.

At the same time, slide your right knee back. Press the top of your left foot into the floor, or tuck your right toes for more stability

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Mastering the Art of Flexibility

Step 5 | Monkey Pose

Inhale and walk your palms back.

 

Mastering the Art of Flexibility

Step 6 | Monkey Pose

Inhale and bring your shoulders back. Next, exhale and try to bring your thighs to the mat.

 

Mastering the Art of Flexibility

Step 7 | Monkey Pose

Come to the final pose and if possible raise your hands up and join your palms together.

To come out, press your hands to the floor, turn the front leg out slightly, and slowly return the front heel and the back knee to their starting positions. Then reverse the legs and repeat for the same length of time.

 

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