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World Cup Inspired Yoga Stretch

Has anyone else become completely obsessed with football (soccer) with this year’s World Cup?! I have and I have no idea why!

The extreme range of emotion in a game is so addicting. It’s a lot like entrepreneurship– the highs are HIGH and the lows are devastating. It’s kind of a sick addiction 😉

Anyway, I thought it could be fun to come up with a World Cup Inspired Yoga Stretch inspired by all the FIFA festivities.

Here’s one I think ALL football/soccer players should do! Whether you play or not, we can all benefit from these moves. Enjoy!

1. Kneeling Lunge.
One reason why this pose feels so great is because it targets the hip flexors on the extended leg. Running and kicking puts the hip flexors in a contracted state, so countering that with an extension will feel wonderful!2. Half Split/Runner’s Stretch.
A little more love for those hamstrings and some attention for the lower back. This pose allows you to focus on each hamstring and calf and unravels the tension in the lower back too.
3. Pigeon.
Let’s be honest– does any pose feel better on tight hips than pigeon? Feel free to modify this one with props or bending the back knee if you’re super restricted in your flexibility.
4. Double Pigeon.
Target the glutes and get rid of the tension that accumulates after lots of sprinting & kicking. Plus, add some lower back release by adding a fold here too.
5. Half Wide Seated Forward Fold.
Open up the side body and back because we can’t ignore the upper body even though it’s not dominant in soccer!
6. Seated Twist with Leg Extension.
I love this variation of a twist because it puts a little more emphasis on lengthening the areas around the IT bands. Those IT bands can get vicious after a lot of lower body effort, so we can’t forget about them!

7. Seated Cross Legged Forward Fold.
Another favorite variation for those IT bands and the sides of the calves.

8. Seated Bound Angle.
Feels sooo good to restore the lower body and is easily modifiable for any level. You can even recline and hang out here for a few minutes of meditation if you like.

Over to you! Are you following the World Cup at all? Do you play soccer/football or do any other sport that makes your legs and hamstrings crave a good stretch? 

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    July 11, 2018 at 6:02 am

    These poses I will have no problem with. Thank’s Erin!!

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    July 11, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Felt good doing these poses after the game – while thinking those guys are awesome & so strong. Congrats Croatia! Felt good for me too after this morning’s PBYP Reboot W1D1! Thank you Erin!

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      Erin Motz

      July 12, 2018 at 7:04 am

      Awesome!! So glad you enjoyed it! And yes– huge congrats to Croatia!!

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    July 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    These are great, especially the IT band stretches

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      Erin Motz

      July 12, 2018 at 7:05 am

      thank you, kristen!

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    Gayle Thorn

    July 12, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I’m not a soccer player nor even a soccer fan, but I loved this series, especially the cross-legged forward fold. Please include that more often. I deal with tight IT and plantar fasciitis & that stretch felt awesome!

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    sk chaudhri

    September 18, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    the peagon pose is nice.. thanks a lot for this amazing helpful guide

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