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I am bow-legged, so even while standing with my feet together, my knees point inward and no other part of my inner legs touch each other. This seems to make both Standing Split and Warrior III very difficult (it doesn't help that I also have extremely tight hamstrings) Any suggestions on how to overcome this?

What are the counter poses for standing split


Use the wall, the same pose on a bolster -- make sure the back knee is towards the floor and try to avoid sliding the back leg side of pelvis back. More pigeon pose, lunge. Lift up into the diaphragm, expand the breath and wrap the bottom ribs on the exhale to help lengthen the spine.


This may be a bit of a loaded question but while I find that I'm able to get one of my legs higher than the other in standing split (which I'm sure is normal), I would still like to increase my range of motion overall. Are there specific stretches that can help me open up my hips for standing split pose?


I can't find Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (pose 106) in Yoga Dipika.

Bee Well Yoga

@ anonymous - Hips can be open or parallel in this pose...just depends on what you are working and what your body wants to do that day. @ ira - Release the neck, let it 'fall' toward the floor as in standing forward bend.


So are the hips parallel ? or can the hip on the side of the standing leg open up ?


What aboute the neck? should it br released or in line with to the beck? Thank you!

Tiffany D.

If I could only do even half of that I would be happy. lol
Mayybee in a year or to, with lots & lots of practic.

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