Frog Pose

We were born with flexible hips. When's the last time you squatted because it was the most efficient way to get low?
We were born with flexible hips. All children prefer to squat when they need to get close to the ground. When’s the last time you squatted because it was the most efficient way to get low?

We’ve recently been working frog pose in yoga class. It’s another one of my favorites. I know a lot of people find it challenging for their hips, so I wanted to share a few ideas about the pose that may increase the effectiveness of the stretch and perhaps make it (in time) a little easier. What I like most about frog pose is that the squatting position is something we did all the time as children, but very few of us as adults like to squat. And maybe we need to! Practicing Frog pose can help return us to the roots of out child-like flexibility.

The pose begins from a standing position with the feet shoulder distance apart. Turn the feet so the toes point at 2:00 and 10:00. Then soften the knees and lower trying to keep the feet flat on the floor. Sometimes the heels will not be able to remain in contact, and that is okay – do what you can. Allow the tailbone to drop down between the heels reaching toward the floor between your feet. Place your upper back of your arms and elbows against your inner thighs, hands in prayer position. Press the hands more firmly together and use the leverage to exert pressure on the inner thigh.

Now we are almost fully there! I want to give you an extra tip that will allow you to move even deeper into the pose. Think about the line from the crown of your head to your tailbone and reach these two points in opposite directions. It can be tempting to lean over or round the back to make the pose easier, but once you have energy against the thighs with your elbows, lengthen through the spine and this will help the hips release even more and enhance the stretch making you as limber as a frog. And who knows, maybe you can get in touch with what it feels like to be a child again, if only for a few seconds.

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