Prasarita Padottanasana I (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)

The adductor group, commonly known as the inner (upper) thighs, is a group of several muscles that, when engaged, move the legs together. They attach on the inside of your femur (thighbone) and on the other end on the pubic bone and sit-bones. They consist of 5 muscles; the pectineus, the adductor longus, brevis and magnus and the gracilis muscle.These muscles are developed quite strongly in some people, like horseback riders but in the majority of the population, they tend to be the weaker siblings to the abductors.

The adductor muscles are unfortunately not only weak in many people, they also tend to be short! The adductors attach to the pelvic floor then to the psoas and then to the diaphragm in a dynamic relationship. When one part is tight in this “train” of connection, it will have an effect and pull on the other “wagons.” In simple words; when you stretch your inner thighs, you not only make your inner thighs more flexible, you also stretch your diaphragm so you breathe better!

Follow along with this video as I demonstrate Prasarita Padottanasana I (Wide-Legged Forward Bend) to help lengthen those inner thigh muscles. Remember to breathe deeply and meet YOUR body where it is.