If you don’t have the greatest mobility, it can hinder your kipping – even if you’re not aware of it! The more mobility you have, the bigger & cleaner the swing, and the better the kip. Spend some time with the following yoga poses to improve your shoulder & back mobility.
Yoga to Improve Kipping
Stand with your feet together & arms extended overhead, palms together. Slowly lean back, and hold.
Lay on your back, with your knees bent. Place your hands by your ears, fingertips pointing towards your feet. Push upwards into a bridge and hold.
Begin laying on your stomach. Bend your knees so your heels are near your buttocks. Reach back & grab the tops of your feet, then engage your muscles to simultaneously raise your legs & torso up, making a circle.
Standing Forward Bend
Stand with your feet together, and clasp your hands together behind your back. Bend forward, bring your hands up, and allow the weight of your arms to gently stretch your shoulders. Sway back & forth in this position if it feels comfortable.
Lay on your back with your arms by your sides, palms flat on the ground. Engage your abdomen to lift one leg up, then the next. Slowly lower them towards your face, with your feet above your head. Hold this position, bearing most of your weight on your shoulders.