12 Yoga Poses for Hamstring Tightness

downward facing dog
The Downward Facing Dog Pose is great for tight hamstrings.

Whether you travel a lot, work as a "desk jockey", or seem to stiffen up after a brisk walk, there are numerous yoga poses for tight hamstrings that help you relieve tension. The asanas below demonstrate a variety of ways you can stretch your hamstrings, even at a beginning yogi's level. Share these tips with your favorite runner, too, as he or she may experience a greater release through the hamstrings for longer periods of time than just stretching against a wall.

Tips to Make the Most of These Asanas

Below you'll find a number of yoga poses that can help you stretch and loosen your hamstrings. Hold these poses for up to a minute on each leg for the best results. Also make sure to go through a 10-minute warmup before any yoga or cardio routine.

Gallery of Yoga Poses for Tight Hamstrings

Give each of these poses a try to decide which ones work best for you.

warrior1.jpg
warrior3.jpg
yoga-position-for-beginners1.jpg
modified-plank-pose.jpg
forward-bend-pada-hasthasana.jpg
low-lunge.jpg
stlouisyoga.jpg
hotyoga.jpg
firefly-pose.jpg
downdog1.jpg
standing-forward-bend1.jpg
wide-angled-forward-bend1.jpg

Yoga Workouts Can Help You Feel Better

Practicing yoga is a great way to get in better shape. Look for more helpful poses in our Yoga Pose Gallery.

Was this page useful?
12 Yoga Poses for Hamstring Tightness