The benefits of leg flossing for your whole lower body

All those bootcamps, runs, and dog walks I do are always sore and sore. Although I’ve tried everything to loosen up my legs, from taking a Theragun to my quads to stretching in every single position-I’ve never quite been able to shake the feeling of cement-heavy legs after a workout.

Kyle Miller, co-founder of Love Yoga and the at-home yoga videos she released recently, started flowing through what can only be described as leg flossing in the middle of our at-home yoga session. She walks me through this feels-so-good movement, and I’m sure her students are sick of seeing it in just about every class. You can open up the lower body joints so well in this position.”

As anyone who has ever done shoulder flossing, another yoga-based move I have recently fallen in love with, knows, anything dubbed “flossing” brings a sense of fluidity to your body (not to mention how it feels). In the eyes of Miller, the body is seen as its own unified universe, which has its foundations in Taoism. The body has its own network of circulation, its own land masses, muscles and organs, delicate ecosystems, and homeostasis. She explains that joints are like bends in the river where garbage collects. She wants everything to flow, nothing to get stuck and create stagnation. This is why she emphasizes on cleaning out, articulating, moving, and stimulating the joints, so that the body can flow better. Keeping the joints clean ensures that the flow of blood, energy, lymph, and emotions is uninterrupted.

When you floss your legs, you’re basically working them in ways and movements they’re not used to. Spheres in joints let you move organically, the way you want to move – and you can’t mess it up,” Miller says. As most of your legs only move in one direction (when you’re not sitting at your desk, of course), this leg flossing moves them in every single direction, which is really, really good for their health.

Start from a quadruped position on your hands and knees. You don’t have to be in the middle of a yoga flow to do this. Miller instructs you to point your right foot out to the right, with the toes facing forward. Start by moving forward and backward in space. As you warm up, move even more. As you extend your leg, make the movements spherical, as if the femur bone is moving around in the hip socket and the stiff joints of your spine are moving. Spend about 30 seconds on each leg, and have fun. Although I may not floss my teeth as often as I should (don’t tell my dentist), leg flossing is something I can actually get behind.

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