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The full split, or hanumanasana, is a hard position to master, and it's one that doesn't come easily to a lot of people. It's named after Hanuman, the Hindu deity who is said to have taken a giant leap all the way from the south of India to the Himalayas to reclaim his love (hence the wide-open stance of your legs in this pose). Follow these simple steps and stretches, and soon you'll be ready to take the leap too. Have fun!
A word of caution: Your hamstrings are strong, but delicate creatures, and a tear can take more than two years to fully recover. As with all of our yoga pose breakdowns, take this one step and breath at a time. Never attempt a full split without warming your body up first.
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Whatever your flexibility, take the leap and work your way into hanumanasana pose with these simple stretches
Whatever your flexibility, you can open up your body and eventually come into hanumanasana pose with this simple guide.