Can you touch your toes? Yoga poses for flexibility can help limber up tight muscles so you can bend and move more freely. Poor posture, sitting for long periods of time, or prolonged stress (both physical and emotional) can cause your muscles to tighten and your joints to become stiff.
A lack of flexibility can also affect your everyday life. Do simple things like bending down to tie your shoes, or reaching across the table for the basket of bread seem more difficult than they used to?
Well, you are not alone. We often say it's because we aren't as young as we used to be. But, maybe it's because we aren't as flexible as we used to be. While we can't do anything about our age, we can certainly improve our level of balance and flexibility.
The hero pose stretches the hamstrings, hips, and thighs while opening the chest and lung area to help increase your lung capacity. It is an excellent pose to align yourself and really stretch your shoulders.
The bow pose also helps to open the chest for better lung capacity and this pose also stretches areas of the back at the same time. Other benefits include stimulating body organs for better digestion, help improve posture, and increase the strength of major core muscles. Strengthening the core muscles can help to relieve lower back pain.
Triangle Yoga Pose
The triangle yoga pose provides a great stretch for the hamstrings, thighs, and groin muscles. The pose opens up the hips to help release tension and also lengthens the spine with the forward stretch.
This posture opens the hips and stretches the glutes, groin, and upper thighs. It is another good pose for relieving back stiffness and sciatic pain.
The plow pose is an inversion movement that stretches the back and is good for improving flexibility of the spine. In fact, it is often thought to be the best pose for opening up the vertebrae and strengthening the back. Plow also provides a nice stretch for the shoulders, calves, and thighs.
Yoga twists provide a good stretch for the hips and upper body. The pose also helps to lengthen the spine, which can help your breathing and improve posture. Yoga twists also massage your organs for better digestion.
If you wake up stiff and sore in the morning, if you have a difficult time performing everyday tasks, or if you just want to improve your athletic ability, yoga poses for flexibility can help limber up your muscles and joints so you can build a stronger, healthier, and more resilient body.
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