Yoga for the Splits Print this out and practice these poses everyday to gain flexibility for the splits. Start by holding each pose for 30 seconds on each side. Work your way up to 1-3 minutes as your muscles start to open up. When you’re ready to try the splits use a block or pillow under your front leg for support until you feel ready to go without.
Great for toning the waist and stretching the sides of the body. •Stand with your feet hip-width apart holding five- to 10-pound dumbbells at your sides. •Bend sideways to the right, squeezing your waist on the right side. Keep your neck as neutral as possible, looking forward not down. •Pull the left ribs down to return to standing upright. This focuses the work on the left obliques. •Repeat for a total of 12 bends to the right, then switch sides. Do three sets.