How To Do A Split!

Susana McGuire Jewell

Susana McGuire Jewell

How to Do a Split!

I always wanted to learn how to do this.

Physical goals are good – I could never do this as a teenager and decided in January that this would be a good goal for my 52nd year.

I worked (played) at it a few times a week with A LOT of patience and gentleness toward myself. It wasn’t long… with mental and physical focus… for me to get those sit bones to touch the floor!

HOW TO:
1. Start with a BIG PILE of pillows under your hips and back knee for support
2. Breathe with legs in that position while lifting your heart
3. Do this at least once per day for about 30 seconds
4. Switch legs for equal stretching time
5. Eventually remove one pillow and start from step one again
6. BE PATIENT AND GENTLE TOWARD YOUR WORTHY GOAL of increasing your range of motion

Split:

(in gymnastics and dance) an act of leaping in the air or sitting down with the legs straight and at right angles to the upright body, one in front and the other behind, or one at each side.
Susana McGuire Jewell
Photos by Kevin Jewell

In Yoga, it’s called Monkey Pose, or
Hanumanasana(hah-new-mahn-AHS-anna)

“It was the greatest leap ever taken. The speed of Hanuman’s jump pulled blossoms and flowers into the air after him and they fell like little stars on the waving treetops. The animals on the beach had never seen such a thing; they cheered Hanuman, then the air burned from his passage, and red clouds flamed over the sky . . .” (Ramayana, retold by William Buck).

This pose then, in which the legs are split forward and back, mimics Hanuman’s famous leap from the southern tip of India to the island of Sri Lanka.

HanumanCross-Mandala

Take a Leap of Faith!

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