Stretching Your IT Band – Yoga with Meditation Mutha

This summer in Texas has been so extremely hot that I stopped running for a few months in fear of passing out on the trail mid stride. As the school year kicked off this week, I thought I would get up early and give my running routine a try again.

After taking off for several months it felt good to get out in the “cooler” air first thing in the morning and move my legs. Although, I experienced tons of stiffness in my lower body the days following. My muscles were challenged trying to remember how to run again.

It is so important to incorporate stretching into our exercise regiment in order to prevent injury. When it comes to walking or running we normally think of stretching our quadriceps, hamstrings and calves. What we often skip is lengthening our IT (iliotibial) Band which runs down the outside of the leg from the hip to the knee.

If you are a walker, runner, sitter (even a breather) this band of tissue can become very tight and inflamed. Stretching this area can help prevent knee, hip and low back injuries as well as sciatica.

Scroll down and come join me for this week’s short class, Yoga for Stretching the IT Band and take the steps to maintain wellness in your life. Enjoy!

This week’s 13 minute yoga class, Yoga to Stretch Your IT Band is all about using the breath and time to open up the band of tissue running from your hip to your knee on the outside of the leg. Through postures that will deeply stretch this area we will lengthen the IT Band to prevent injury and keep our body healthy. Yoga with Meditation Mutha is for everyBODY. Please join me in this opportunity to maintain wellness in our lower body. Enjoy!

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