Welcome to part two of our ‘Mum Yoga’ class. Today we’re talking tired legs.
It’s crazy the amount of walking you do when you have a baby. I remember going on three hour walks when Leo was a baby because it was the only way to get him to fall – and stay – asleep. And now that he’s running around, I barely sit down. These kids have the bloody energy of a Duracell bunny. The result of that is aching, heavy feeling legs. FOR US! Not them. They’ll keep going forever. With that in mind, we’ve devised a quick stretch-out to ease the tension in those legs. All you need to do is find a bit of space and tell everyone to leave you alone for five minutes. Don’t worry if you’re rubbish, I clearly am…
THE ‘PRAM LEG’ WORK OUT:
-Mountain pose: start at the front of your mat and take a few breathes. Try to ensure all parts of your feet are on the mat.
– Crescent Lunge: engage you core and step back on your right side, you can lower your knee if you need to, but make sure you step back far enough to feel a good stretch in your hip flexor. Raise your arms keeping your shoulders low and stretch.
– Lizard: sweeping your arms down to the mat, keep both hands on the inside of your left foot. Let your foot fall out onto a 45 degree angle and take a few breathes. This can feel like its pinching but remember that if you are in pain to come out of the posture. You should never be in pain but you should feel a very good stretch. Try to stay here for around 2 minutes.
-Repeat all this on the other side and try to do the routine 4-5 times.
Thanks to Kirsty at Pop Up Practise.