🐛🐾🛣 Day 2️⃣3️⃣ of #LegsForMiles
🛣🐾🐛 As Carmen mentioned, there's so much going on in the upper body/core that the legs are often an afterthought in inversions, which is a big mistake! If your legs aren't properly recruited, your balance upside down will be tenuous at best, like a stiff breeze would be enough to tip you over. However, on the flipside, if your legs play an active role, then your inversion will almost certainly feel more stable, grounded, and sustainable. As always, feel free to take this to a wall if needed, and let's try a leg variation that's usually one of the first asymmetrical ones I teach students as they progress in inversions!
Warm up your core, shoulders and hips with #treepose
, and come onto your knees. Start in #dolphinpose
with either your forearms parallel or your hands interlaced, elbows the width of your shoulders, and lift one leg up, big toe tracing the inseam of your pants, leg strong and straight. Come onto the ball of your standing foot, and kick up without bending your lifted leg. Keep one leg extended, reaching out through those toes, and *slowly* begin to bend your other knee, turning your knee out to the side as you slide those toes down the lifted leg. Press your foot into your leg and your leg into your foot, continuing to spread and extend all the way out through your toes. See if you can switch sides without coming down!!
As always, feel free to take this one to a wall if wanted or needed! Follow the same cues, but keep your extended leg close to the wall, toes against it, working to put as little weight on the leg as possible for maximum benefits.
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