Lying Piriformis Stretch

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Instructions

Preparation

Lie on floor or mat with feet on floor and knees bent approximately 90 degrees. Cross thighs by lacing back of knee on thigh of other leg. Lift legs and hug both thighs locking both hands together behind knee of lower leg.

Execution

Pull leg toward torso. Hold stretch. Repeat with opposite leg.

Comments

An alternative preparation: set on floor or mat reclining back with support of both arms behind body. Bend knees with feet on floor. Place back of knee on thigh of other leg. Hug both thighs locking both hands together behind knee of lower leg. Lie down supine by rolling to back.

Notice position of upper leg in contrast to Lying Glute Stretch. Also see modified version of Lying Piriformis Stretch for alternative form.

Muscles

Target

Lying Piriformis Stretch

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