INSTRUCTIONS: Legs together. Bend ankles. Sit tall, arms reaching upward. Bend forward from hips and grab toes. Allow elbows to bend slightly. Hold stretch 30 seconds. To release stretch, begin slowly sitting up while sliding hands upward on legs.
TARGET MUSCLES: The Seated Forward Fold is a basic Yoga pose that stretches posterior thigh (hamstrings), and calves.
MODIFICATIONS: Use a stretch strap, Yoga belt, or thick band around your feet if you can’t reach far enough to grab your toes. Or just hold on around your ankles if you don’t have equipment. Another option is a towel, although this can be clumsy since towels are thick and not long enough.
EXERCISE DOs and DONTs – As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If your muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider