11 Calf and Forearm Openers for AcroYoga, Climbing + More

NASA rocket scientist/yoga teacher Scott Lewicki balances a highly technical day job with creativity on the mat. Use this innovative practice to find new space in often forgotten muscles.
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NASA rocket scientist/yoga teacher Scott Lewicki balances a highly technical day job with creativity on the mat. Use this innovative practice to find new space in often forgotten muscles.
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NASA rocket scientist/yoga teacher Scott Lewicki balances a highly technical day job with creativity on the mat. Use this innovative sequence to find new space in the often forgotten muscles of the calves and forearms.

Yoga, a complex ancient system of knowledge continually expanded upon and advanced, is often called a “science.” But let’s face it, it’s not rocket science—or anything close. Still popular Los Angeles yoga teacher Scott Lewicki’s NASA day job seems to somehow inform his smart sequencing and thorough integration of the body’s mechanics and component parts.

A lifelong athlete with a scientific mind, Scott doesn’t plan a sequence thinking about one or two muscles, but instead thinking of larger parts of the body working in conjunction with each other. Take the calves and forearms, for example. When did you last dedicate time to opening them? The following sequence looks like a calf-opening sequence, and it is. But after practicing it, you’ll notice forward folds might feel more accessible through the ripple effect of opening not just the calves but also the hamstrings and hips and extending the spine.

See also Q&A with Yogi-Rocket Scientist Scott Lewicki

The calf and forearm muscles are frequently used and frequently forgotten. This sequence is beneficial practiced in a number of ways:

  • On its own to counteract tightness from daily life
  • As an opening sequence for further asana practice
  • As preparation for L-basing in AcroYoga to strengthen and stretch the ankles and open the hips
  • As a warm-up for rock climbing, especially with the additional shoulder stretches

See also 6 Poses for Rock Climbers: Build Core + Back Strength

Calf- and Forearm-Opening Sequence