The Best Way to Stretch the Hamstrings

Updated: May 8

The hamstrings are a set of muscles at the back of the thighs. There are three of them that are attached to each sitting bone (ischial tuberosities) of the pelvis.

When they are tight they pull on the pelvis and can lead to back issues. Tight hamstrings are also more likely to tear when overworked and that can be painful.

Short hamstrings can be lengthened naturally throughout the day while performing daily activities like tying your shoes or picking something up.

Simply bend from the hips to allow the pelvis to tilt forward. Make sure that you also bend your knees as much as you need to, and just enough so that you feel a gentle stretch at the back of the thighs (see picture below:knees may be bent much more than that).

Stretching throughout the day everyday, while performing daily activities is a much more effective and long-term approach to stretching the hamstrings than stretching them only when working out or during a yoga practice.

Eventually your short hamstrings will become long and relaxed.

If you'd like some personalized coaching on how to lengthen and stretch your hamstrings, me a call 705-888-9686 or email



Thornbury, Ontario

I have extensive training beyond that of a Registered Yoga Teacher to qualify me to work therapeutically to guide people safely with health conditions.  As with any exercise program, please consult a physician to make sure that it is safe and appropriate for you.
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