The seiza stretch focuses primarily on the quadriceps while also working the ankle flexibility too.
Seiza literally means “proper sitting” in Japanese. It’s a common sitting position there, as well as other places in the world.
And unfortunately, most people in the West cannot do it! I was one of them, until I worked on it regularly with the progression shown here…
The way to regress this stretch is to have less of an angle between your lower legs and thighs. You do this by placing a cushion under your butt and over your heels.
In time you lower the amount of padding until you can sit comfortably on your heels.
Progress takes us out of the classic position. You can lean back to increase the stretch, or even transition into a kneeling back bend. These increase the stretch on the quadriceps, but also bring the hips into action too.
This is one of just 12 stretches each with regressions and progressions found inside of 7 Minute Flexibility.
It’s doubtful that the stretches themselves are ground-breaking information to you. But the sequence and how it is trained just might be.
Find out more here.