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Tight hamstrings? Do this.

hamstrings self myofascial release yoga instruction yoga tips Feb 28, 2024

Does your inner voice shriek in terror when a yoga teacher says the word, "Splits"?

Don't worry, you are not alone. 

Though I LOVE the splits and splits work in general, most people don't. 

Why? It's not only a whopper of a hip opener, but it targets the hamstrings in a major way. 

And, most people have tight hamstrings. 

In fact, I don't think I've ever had a yoga student brag about their super open and flexible hamstrings. That just doesn't happen. 

Hamstrings become tight from walking, running and sitting. It seems like you simply cannot win.

So, what to do? 

I have the solution for you and it's super simple. 

Grab a tennis ball or a ball you use for self myofascial release. 

Before, or directly after, your yoga class, or long run, or hike in the mountains place the ball at the back of your knee while in a kneeling position. 

Sit back on the ball, bringing your hips to your heels. It will feel uncomfortable, but you should never sit back so far, you are in pain. 

Breathe in this position for 5 breaths. 

Then repeat it on the other leg. 

This offers you HUGE hamstring relief and you don't have to be there forever. It takes little to no time at all. 

So, try this faithfully for a couple of months and let me know how it works for you. 

2 things to remember about self myofascial release techniques:

1. More pressure does NOT equal more healing or benefits. 

2. NEVER do SMR if you are going to be inactive afterwards. So, before bed is not an ideal time. 

And, if you'd like to learn more about self myofascial release techniques and do a deep dive into fascial trains, go check out my SMR Workshop here

Here's hoping your hamstrings become happier with this super simple move! 

Big Hugs, 

Tori ♡

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