why can't i pull both my knees to my chest?
February 19, 2012 2:34 PM Subscribe
I started a new yoga class and have found that I am unable to pull my knees to my chest. No one else in the class has this problem and I'm generally fairly limber. What do you think this could be and how can I work on it?
posted by abirdinthehand to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, this pose is lying on your back, you pull your knees to your chest and attempt to grab each of your elbows as you wrap your arms around your knees. I cannot even get my hands to touch each other without my back rounding and falling over. This is only when trying to pull my knees straight to my chest, if I pull my knee outwards of my ribcage I can nearly get it to touch my shoulder, while keeping my back straight.
The instructor said she had never seen anyone with this problem, but she thinks it is because my back is tight, since I can't keep it straight while I pull my knees in.
To me it feels like it's my hips, as though there is actually something blocking my leg in my pelvis when I try to pull my knee in to my chest. She told me to just keep trying to do it, but it's not really possible since I just topple over when I try to get into the posture.
Any ideas on the source of this inflexibility? Any stretches I can do to work increase flexibility in this area?