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How to Loosen Tight Groin Muscles With Yoga

How to Loosen Tight Groin Muscles With Yoga
A man is in a yoga pose in an urban backyard. Photo Credit Chris Clinton/Photodisc/Getty Images

Muscles in the groin area can become tight due to long periods of sitting or performing activities like biking. Stressed muscles in the groin region can lead to injury. When you injure a groin muscle, your movements can be strained and painful. To avoid injury, you can perform simple yoga stretches. The key is elongating the targeted muscles to a point of discomfort and then releasing the stretch.

Step 1

Wear loose and comfortable clothing in preparation for your yoga session. Lay your yoga mat on the floor.

Step 2

Lie flat on your back, keeping your legs slightly apart. Raise your legs and fold your knees so the soles of your feet are parallel to your chest. Your knees should touch the sides of your body. Keeping your arms by your sides, hold the outer sides of your soles with your hands. Using your upper-body strength, pull the knees gently toward the ground. Hold this stretch for 5 to 10 seconds.

Step 3

Squat with both feet as close to each other as possible. Slowly spread your thighs, bringing your knees wide apart. Take a deep breath, and lean forward so your upper body fits snugly into the space between your knees. Keep your inner thighs pressed against the sides of your body. Hold this stretch for at least 5 to 10 seconds.

Step 4

Sit with your back straight and your legs stretched in front of you. Slowly bend your knees, and bring the soles of your feet together, pressing them against each other. Bring your heels as close to your groin as possible. Do not push your knees to the floor. Hold the stretch for 1 to 5 minutes.

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