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The Benefits of the Splits are Endless

What better time to give yourself the gift of presence and the splits than Christmas?

The benefits of being able to do the split are endless. But mostly, the splits keep you young. … Stretching exercises like the splits have even been proven to help with major health issues like Parkinson’s and cardiovascular disease by encouraging muscle strength, motor control, and better circulation. It’s not about becoming hyper mobile but being both strong and flexible in equal balance.

Splits may seem like an impossible dream for you, but I am here to facilitate your dream and all it takes is daily dedication from you.

Set a goal, make a promise to yourself and commit yourself to that goal, and it will happen.

Here are my top six reasons to practice Hanumanasana aka the splits.

 

1. Deeply Stretches the Thighs

Hanumanasana and any variation on the way to Hanumanasana requires some serious opening in both the hamstrings and the quadriceps. While you are hanging out in this pose, the hamstrings of your front leg will be getting a gorgeous stretch, and your back leg will be getting a slight quadriceps stretch. This is why the half spilts in our spilts flow prep is so effective, because it’s warming you up for this delicious stretch.
No matter where you are on your way to fully expressing this pose, your legs will be getting a much needed stretch, especially great if you ride a bike, walk, run, or generally use your legs a lot on a day-to-day basis. However, this stretch will be even more beneficial if you sit in a chair at a desk all day, and I would definitely recommend having a stretch out with a couple of these poses on your break, whenever you can, the stretch will help energise you and stretch you out.

 

2. Frees the Hip flexors

Generally speaking, most people have extremely tight hip flexors due to sitting in chairs all day, walking, running, and engaging these muscles without ever taking the time to mindfully stretch them out. The opening that is required for splits means that you will be getting deep into your hip flexors.
Splits and my splits flows available at LYS online offer one of the deepest openings for this area of the body, and will increase your range of motion faster than any other hip flexor- opening poses I know of, when practiced regularly. It’s all about having fun and being fluid in the hips.

 

3. Deepens Body Awareness

Our bodies are so interconnected, when we start to focus on one area it is amazing how we can reach so many others!
The splits helps to stretch all the below and more…Hip flexors: are the muscles near the top of your thighs that are essential in moving your lower body. Hip flexors allow you to walk, kick and bend your legs as well as swivel your hips
Adductors: are the muscles in your inner thighs that support balance and alignment. These stabilising muscles are used to adduct (move towards the midline of the body) the hips and thighs.

Glutes: are made of 3 parts – the gluteus maximus (upper glutes), gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus.The maximus creates the shape of your butt and works anytime you raise your thigh to the side, rotate your leg, or thrust your hips forward.The other two, the medius and minimus, work together to aid your gluteus maximus in raising your leg to the side. Plus, those smaller glute muscles help rotate your thigh outwards (as in pigeon pose). Talk abouta dream team! (and when you know how to work all 3 effectively that really does create the perfect peach).

Hamstrings: Hamstrings are strong bands of tissue called tendons that attach the large thigh muscle to the bone. The hamstrings start just below the knee and run all the way to the back of the thigh. It was in my experience that it can often be tight hamstrings that are preventing the splits. I didn’t do splits till I was 30 and doing these exercises daily helped me stretch out my tight hamstrings, which became particularly tight after having my first two babies very close together. I had over used the hamstrings trying to keep the pelvis stable, I had a really tilted pelvis that I had to work to correct, the over tilt created a lot of pressure for the hamstrings!

If you have had babies or do lots of fitness training, your hamstrings may be tight too but the more you dedicate time to you the more you can free your hamstrings and take tension away from knees, hips, hamstrings and feet – it’s like magic.
Groin muscles: are a group of 6 adductor muscles that start at the pelvic bone and attach at the thigh and leg bone.

 

4.Releases trauma and Fear

When you create a body awareness, as discussed above, you become aware of tight spots where you could be holding on to old trauma from the past or fear, we can hold on particularly in the hips. Unconscious tension can be held from one traumatic event, or lots of little events where the stress of feelings like sadness, fear and worry are stored and can get stuck. Therefore, stretching the hip muscles causes a release and allows stored emotions to melt away.
Hip-opening poses can bring on a flood of emotions because of all the tightness and tension you naturally store in your hips. Think of when a cat is in fear or angry, its hips go up and it contracts in fear, this happens the same with humans, although less noticeable, so layers of fear and trauma can be contracted into the hips. And when you finally release it, your emotions bubble to the surface, so don’t be surprised if you feel a bit emotional after your splits practice. Just remember this is a good thing because you are allowing your body to release, so you feel free as you take another step closer to the splits.

 

5. Develops Perseverance

 

For most of us — even the most flexible of us —this splits pose is not going to come on the first try and it certainly did not with me. Achieving the correct alignment, the deep opening, and the core strength required to really ‘master’ this pose will take some time and some work. It really is a full body work out and takes dedication to practise, which is massive investment in yourself.
I love this pose for developing the will of mind to stick with a difficult pose and see yourself through the desire to give up or cheat; you have a goal, and this helps to keep you inspired and focused.This strength of mind can then be used in many other areas of your life. One of the many hidden benefits of Yoga!

 

6. Helps Develop Presence in the Practice

Finally, this pose is going to give you the gift of presence: being in the moment whilst having patience with your body. There is really no rushing the body to open, and there is no forcing this pose to come any faster than it is going to come, but with dedication to this practice it will come sooner than you think – the key is just to be in the moment.This practice will help you develop some deep respect for your current abilities, for your current place in life, and we should never forget how far we have come.

When you stick with these sequences, you will be calling on your mind and heart to be soft and gentle, to be compassionate and kind to your body, which really is the greatest gift .

 

If any of the above resonated with you, why not Give yourself the gift of daily practice and purchase my splits ebook!

Follow your splits sequences everyday for 30 days, and although I can not promise you the splits, I can promise you that this commitment to yourself will help you be energetically lighter and more free heading in to 2023!

 

There is no time like the present so let’s get started now!