Lizard Lunge is a popular pose and used as a warm up/mobility exercise for many athletes and sport players as it stretches the hip flexors, hamstrings and quadriceps. This is also a great pose for those that have desk based jobs involving sitting down for long hours as it helps to stretch and stabilize the hips and pelvis area.
Whilst Lizard Lunge can help with relief from discomfort, take it nice and slow. Avoid pulsing, bouncing or stretching your body beyond it's limits.
Beginners: Start by keeping your back knee down and use a folded towel or blanket underneath your knee if you need a bit of padding for the joint. Place your hands on blocks or on a coffee table if positioning your hands on the floor is uncomfortable, this will also help lift your chest and lengthen your spine.
Reps/rounds: Hold this pose for 2 breaths and slowly work your way to holding the pose for longer as your hips and legs acclimatize.
Pregnancy: This pose is considered safe during Pregnancy but will need to be modified to your specific needs. In preparation for childbirth, the hormone Relaxin relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis and softens and widens the cervix, this occurs from the very early weeks of pregnancy. As a result, you may find you experience back pain, PGP, sciatica or ligament pain. Please ensure you seek advice from your local Yoga teacher that specializes in Pregnancy Yoga, as she/he will be able to tailor the pose to your needs, or may suggest you avoid the pose altogether. Don't forget to speak to your GP or midwife before exercising during pregnancy.
Note: I'm 17 weeks pregnant during the time that this was filmed.
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