A Practice for Tight Calves

February 25, 2016    BY David Nelson

Have you ever felt like your heels will never touch the floor in adho mukho svanasana (downward facing dog) or malasana (garland pose)? Have you yearned to place your palms flat on the ground in parsvottonasana (pyramid pose)? While tight hips and hamstrings often get a lot of blame for being limiting factors in these asanas, there's one typically overlooked area that might hold the key to "unlocking" these poses—the calves! Join David as he guides you through a few stretching exercises that focus on these muscles, and learn how "loosening" them can take your asana practice to the next level.

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David Nelson
started practicing yoga to seek relief from chronic back pain and found that yoga was a powerful and dynamic medium to explore the meaning of life. He began teaching in 1998, and has studied Bikram, Ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga. He was certified by B. K. S. Iyengar in 2005­ and is registered as an ERYT-200 with Yoga Alliance. David is passionate about the study and practice of yoga. He teaches from personal experience, and invariably does so with great clarity and enthusiasm. His teaching style... Read more>>

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