The hamstrings are a group of three muscles located in the back of the thigh. They run from the pelvis down to the knee, and help bend the knee and extend the hip. The hamstrings are at high risk for muscle injuries because they cover both the knee and hip joints.
If your hamstrings are weak and tight, they’re vulnerable to strain. Daily activities don’t stretch them, and tight hamstrings can cause all kinds of problems, such as lower back pain, neck pain and muscle cramps, as well as limited range of motion in hips and knees.
The hamstring muscles are connected to the bones at the bottom of the lower pelvis, so if they are overly tight, it can cause stress on lower back and cause pain. If you engage in sports or high-speed activities, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends a daily routine to keep hamstrings strong and flexible. Many asanas involve extension of the hamstring and spine, and perhaps forward folds teach this best.
According to B.K.S. Iyengar, the many benefits of forward folds include slowing down the heartbeat; toning the liver, spleen, and kidneys; and rejuvenating the spinal nerves. When you fold forward, you stretch the entire sheath of muscles and connective tissue in the back body.
In this class we will work with forward extensions and learn how to keep the hamstrings happy as we help lengthen the muscles to reduce back pain.
$55 – This course provides 3 Elective Contact Hours for Yoga Alliance® CEUs
Saturday, April 22, 2:00-5:00p SAN FRANCISCO
Saturday, July 15, 10:00a-1:00p NEW YORK