Squat

Benefits

  • Opens up the hips.
  • Stretches the ankles, knees, groin and glutes. 
  • Strengthens the feet and ankles.

Therapeutic

  • Can help to alleviate lower back pain.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate

Category

  • Hip Opener

Yoga 15 Series

Instructions

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
  • Inhale, sweep your arms out and up. Exhale, swan dive down into forward fold.
  • Heel-toe your feet to the edges of your mat, bend your knees and come down into a squat. 
  • Bring your upper body in between your thighs and touch your palms together. 
  • Inhale, lengthen your spine. Exhale, press your triceps against your knees to open up your hips. Hold the pose for 5 deep breaths, in and out through your nose. 
  • To come out of the pose, bring your hands behind you and sit back on your mat.

Modification

  • If you have tight Achilles tendons, calves or hamstrings and your heels don't touch the ground, you can stay up on your toes with your heels lifted or support them on a cushion.

Variation: Squat Twist

Yoga Squat Twist
  • Bring your right hand flat to the mat. Inhale, sweep your left hand up to the sky - look up to your fingertips. Twist from the base of your spine.
  • Hold the pose for 5 deep breaths, in and out through your nose. On an exhalation, bring your left hand down and switch sides. Inhale, sweep your right hand up to the sky. Hold the pose for 5 deep breaths. 
  • Release the pose on an exhalation. 

Contraindications

  • Avoid this pose if you have a hip or knee injury.