Anne Marie Kennedy from Yoga For Golf Ireland is our teaching bay contributor. Anne Marie works with Ireland’s elite amateurs, training them to maximize their flexibility, and power in their game through yoga. For more details check out www.yogaforgolf.ie
Golf Benefit: This pose elongates the spine which prevents rounding of the back and all the swing flaws associated with it. It increases distance through all golf shots by increasing hip mobility.
Instruction: Begin on hands and knees, slide the right knee up to the inside of the right wrist. Using the left hand for assistance bring the right shin and ankle out to the left working to bring it parallel with the top of the mat. Be mindful of the knee joint, if you experience any pain or discomfort keep the shin tucked underneath the body. Extend the left leg back feeling a good stretch coming in to the left hip flexor and keep the foot and shin touching the floor. If you find the left hip lifting keep shifting the weight of the body down to the left to keep both hips square with the mat. Bring the forearms down on to the mat and hold for 30 seconds to 3 minutes. To take the pose deeper you can extend the arms straight out in front and rest the head on the floor and hold accordingly.