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Old 07-12-2008, 10:05 AM   #1
Ben Moskowitz
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Default Piriformis Stretch

Imagine a severely hypoflexible person. In the piriformis stretch (a.k.a. the yoga "pigeon pose"), is it better for the stretched hip, femur, and knee to fully contact the ground, tilting the torso sideways towards the stretched hip,

or support the inflexible hip with a yoga block so as to keep the torso in line (more or less) with the stretched femur?

p.s. I believe I overstretched my knee joint doing neither of the above. This "third method" is not recommended.**** you yoga.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:59 AM   #2
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I think it's better to pull on the femur just sitting and not put any unnecessary forces on your knee. If you get my drift. Basically don't get any more joints involved in stretching than you have to... cause it can mess with stuff especially the hinge ones like the knees or elbows.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:09 PM   #3
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I'm w/ steve. seated one leg straight forward, cross other over that leg w/ bent knee to place bottom of foot on floor, pull knee toward opposite shoulder.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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Greg, that's a good one. I kind of made a hybrid between the pigeon and the 90/90 stretch. (WFS) I'm sort of splayed out but everything touches the ground and there's no pain. I feel like it shifts the stretch to include the glute more (at my level of flexibility).
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