Do the Quadriceps Stretch in Bow Pose?
A posture that frequently gets mentioned in class whenever I ask which postures would be a good stretch for the quadriceps is Dhanurasana, bow pose. While a common misconception, bow pose simply does NOT present much of a stretch for the quadriceps muscles. At least not the vasti group of the quadriceps, which constitutes about 75% of the quadriceps muscle group. Why? Check out this short little video, which is meant as a follow-up to the quadriceps anatomy video we shared last week.
In this video post, we explore the location, attachments and actions of the four quadriceps muscles, which include the rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis and vastus intermedius. We also look at a handful of postures that strengthen and stretch the quadriceps, which will vary depending upon whether or not you are targeting the vasti group or the rectus femoris.
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