Tight hamstrings not only limit flexibility, but can cause low back pain, increased susceptibility to injury and lead to poor posture. Here are (5) five stretched to help you loosen things up some!
The back of your whole body is stretching - including your calf muscles, thighs, buttocks, and back muscles. At the front of your body - especially in your legs - your muscles are working to stabilize you in the deep bend.
Alternatively, you could sit on a chair or couch, extend one leg at a time, bending from the hip and keeping the spine long, reach out with your hands on the extended leg.
When the hamstring are tight, the pelvis is pulled and the back rounded. The integrity of your spine is more important than having your legs straight intros pose, so flex your knees and press into he floor - this will help lengthen your spine and bring the pelvis closer to neutral.
Your hamstrings and gluteus maximus stretch, while your quadriceps engage to extend your knee, Your internal rotators also engage while lengthening.
Stretches the entire posterior chain - all the back muscles. Do not round and harden your back, pushing your torso away from your legs. This will create tension and inhibit your Ujjayi breathing, and can strain your back.