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Consistent Hamstring Cramp

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I am fairly new to yoga but I have been doing it almost daily for the last 8 months. For some reason I have a hamstring cramp that is consistently recurring. I drink only water (well and cofffee ) but I stretch too much to continue to have this problem. I have been to massage therapy as well on multiple occasions. It mostly happens when I bend my left leg backwards towards my head, like a scorpion pose. I do not get cramps anywhere else. If anyone has any ideas, I am all ears and appreciate the feedback. Thanks!

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This actually happens to me too sometimes. I've been trying to pay attention to it lately and it seems like it happens when I'm not properly breathing. Like I catch myself holding my breath and then BAM the cramp comes. Check in with your breathing and see if maybe that has something to do with it.

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Have you tried using a foam roller? What about rolling it out with a tennis ball? The tennis ball can be painful, but it does work!

 

The only other solution I can think of is spending more time at the beginning of your practice doing easier poses (for you) that focus on your hamstrings.

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I, too, am plagued with hamstring cramps in my practice. I notice mine especially in bridge pose, and even more if one leg is raised. A physical therapist suggested I was not properly engaging my glutes and emphasizing my hamstrings. I do notice that if I consciously engage my core prior to lifting my torso, it does make a difference.

 

What I notice about poses that bend my legs backwards is that I can "reload" and it may be better, i.e., unbend and rebend several times. For me, sometimes that's all it takes to get the muscle to allow the pose to engage.

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Try some electrolytes such as magnesium chloride(slo mag). Additionally try to use the core to assist with the leg lift rather than the Hamid.

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