Purpose of this stretch: While this is a great stretch for releasing tension in my hip flexors (especially my psoas muscle), I love pressing the heel of my straight leg back to stretch one arch of my foot at a time. This is a great stretch to get the calves warmed up before Down Dog (which is the next stretch I do).
- Starting in a plank position with the shoulders over the wrists, step your left foot forward to the outside of your left hand.
- Hold for five breaths, actively pressing the right heel back.
- Step the left foot back and repeat with the right knee bent for another five breaths.