Overworking your lower leg muscles through running, hiking, or cycling? Cramped, tight calves often surface on the mat like an uninvited guest, surprising you as you sink into your first Down Dog or squat. While getting the heels to the floor definitely isn’t necessary in practice, releasing brick-like calves can liberate your legs so you can focus on strengthening other parts of a pose. Here, Ariele Foster offers a two-minute self-myofascial release exercise to loosen up the calves. Need even deeper relief? Her “beauty wave” technique targets the calves’ inner and outer fibers.
Myofascial release offers the same benefits of stretching—without risks of overstretching and damaging the joints. Want to learn more? Join Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT, founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com, for Fascia Release for Yoga. In this six-week course, you’ll learn how to use self-myofascial release techniques with foam rollers, balls, and DIY props to support your practice, fix stiff spots, unwind adhesions or scar tissue, tune up your nervous system, and so much more. Sign up today!