Yoga for flexibility

Category: Article or Blog Published: Wednesday, 17 January 2018 Written by Sarah PJ White

Yoga is an excellent way to increase flexibility, no matter how flexible you already are. Most people who need to improve their flexibility however, tend to mistakenly shy away from yoga, as they think they need to be flexible in order to do it!

Yoga is the perfect way to stretch all of the muscle groups. It also improves your overall flexibility and posture. It’s a well-known fact that yoga can be effective for those people suffering from stress and anxiety, as yoga helps you focus and calm your mind – this is why it’s also great for your concentration too.

General tips before you get started

If you’ve read about the benefits of yoga and want to use it to improve your flexibility, make sure you follow these simple tips:

Tip #1: Use it daily

As with anything, you want to make it a habitual thing. In order to get the very best out of yoga, look to implement some (or all) of these poses on a daily basis.

Tip #2: Hold each pose

The idea behind yoga isn’t to rush through the poses as fast as you can – take the time to get maximum benefit from each of the poses. Hold yourself in each position for at least 5 – 10 steady, even breaths. If you can hold each pose for several minutes, that’s even better.

Tip #3: Be patient with yourself

As with any form of exercise, it takes time to see results. Be patient and gentle with yourself. Don’t push yourself too hard, too fast, otherwise you’ll end up giving up, before you’ve started to see any of the benefits.

If you’ve never exercised before or have any concerns about your health, make sure you consult your local GP, before you start any new form of exercise.

Yoga poses for flexibility

There are masses of great yoga poses to help you improve your flexibility. Take a look at this list and look to add them into your daily yoga routine!

  • Downward dog pose
  • Child pose
  • Chair pose
  • Tree pose
  • Plank pose
  • Bridge pose
  • Locust pose
  • Warrior poses – particularly Warrior 2
  • Triangle pose
  • Eagle pose
  • Forward bend
  • Straddle pose
  • Mountain pose
  • Legs-up-the-wall pose
  • Wide legged standing and forward bend pose

Remember to cool down at the end of your yoga session. The Shavasana pose is a perfect one to use at the end of your yoga workout, when you’re ready to cool down and relax. As with all yoga poses, it can look deceptively simple, but it will be creating a benefit to your overall health and wellbeing.

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