Want a better straddle press to handstand? The “pancake” stretch is great for improving flexibility in the hamstrings, hip flexors and adductors. Here’s how to deepen your pancake stretch without placing weight on your back or anyone pressing down on you.
Sit in a straddle split and engage the quads.
Raise the arms over your head and bend forward.
Keep your back straight and use the weight of your arms to go deeper.
Reach forward as much as possible.
Keep the quads engaged to prevent injury and pulsate at your lowest point.
Alternatively, pull on the heels to bring your chest closer to the ground.
Retract the shoulder blades and push the chest forward.
Try to untuck the pelvis and avoid curving your back.