This soothing pose stretches your piriformis muscle, which runs below your glutes and can cause sciatica-like pain when it's tight, said Mary Home, a yoga instructor at Daily Burn. Stretching this muscle on a daily basis can not only ease pain and inflammation but also help you process and release negative emotions, Mary added.
- Lie on your back with both legs in the air. Place your right ankle on your left thigh above your knee. See the shape of the number four? It is there, just upside down.
- Reach your right hand through the open space created by your right leg and grab your left hand, which is reaching around the outside of your left thigh. Slowly bend your left knee toward your chest. You should feel a stretch on the outside of your right hip.
- After five breaths repeat on the other side.