Here we are, continuing this week in talking about lunges. This side bend, technically, is not a lunge, but I categorize it as such because it is similar enough and it is easy to get into from a lunge position.
Lunges are really so great for you and your body. They strengthen your legs and stretch your hips. There are so many different variates of a lunge, and so many different variations for your upper body. Below are a few upper arm variations while holding this side bend/lunge. If it is painful or hard for your knee, you can roll your mat over or use a blanket for extra padding. The benefits of this lunge is to target the inner thigh of the extended leg, instead of the hip and upper thigh, like a typical 'runner's lunge' does.
These two variations are very similar. The difference is your gaze. The first takes your gaze to the ground in front of you and the other takes your gaze up and over head, towards your fingertips. In a pose, your gaze makes all the difference. Your body will be stretched more in the direction you are focusing. Get on your mat, try it out, and feel the difference.
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