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5 Yoga Stretches to Strengthen Your Calves

Yoga Stretches to Strengthen Your Calves

The calf is made up of two muscles on the back of your lower leg:

Both heads of the gastrocnemius merge together about halfway down the calf and form the calcaneal tendon (the Achilles tendon). The soleus is the smaller calf muscle that lies underneath the gastrocnemius and attaches to the tibia and the fibula. Towards the bottom of the calf, the soleus merges with the gastrocnemius and thus becomes the Achilles tendon.

These 5 yoga poses for tight calves will help to release your calf muscle tension and reverse the shortening.

Walk Your Dog

Tip: If your shoulders get tired, lower down to your knees to rest and then go back to the Downward  Dog position to complete your repetitions.

Squat (Malasana)

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

To begin with get into Downward Dog pose, & then begin to walk your hands back towards your toes to come into standing forward bend. Allow your torso to hang over your legs.
For a deeper stretch, stand with the balls of your feet on a rolled sticky mat or towel and your heels on the floor. Slowly walk your hands away from your feet until you feel a good stretch.

Pyramid Pose (Parsvottonasana)

Child’S Pose (Balasana)

While performing these poses focus on the muscles of your calves for maximum benefit.

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