Yes, your hips can really bend like that – that's right.
Recently, Pinterest has experienced a surge in wellness-related searches, especially for bedtime rituals, biohacks, and self-care, according to a new report. Another busy search topic: stretches. In fact, this how-to-explainer demonstrating a front split was pinned more than 18,000 times.
If you think that your body does not bow, you are not alone. "The life we lead now, nine to six office jobs, constantly driving, sofa and television, can really burden our bodies if we are not careful," says Kirby Koo, yoga teacher at the USA Shaolin Temple in New York. "As a result, most of us have stress and tension in our hip area, which makes it difficult to do splits or hips."
But with the right exercises, your bottom half can become pliable and flexible, and a front split will eventually be a piece of cake.
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Koo recommends starting with gentle hip and hamstring stretches, such as pigeon pose, forward pleats and butterfly stretch, to facilitate your body's forward splitting , "My most important rule would be not to be too focused on making the final pose," she says. "Work step by step and listen to your body."
Although these stretching exercises primarily train your hamstrings and hip flexors, your whole body should be busy, says Koo, meaning your spine stays straight, your shoulders
Stretching exercises and front splits also have other benefits: "Stretching the hips can be stressful "Relieve anxiety and tension very well, so they can be very cathartic," she adds]