Yoga for Flexibility
Best yoga Asanas for Flexibility and Mobility
Flexibility could be yoga's blessing and a curse! Blessing because improves flexibility. However, yoga is more than just flexibility. Don't rush to advance poses just because you can.
RECLINED HAND TO BIG TOE POSE
Don't worry about how high you can lift your leg. Keeping your leg as straight as possible is the best way to stretch your groin, hips, hamstrings, calves.
EYE OF THE NEEDLE POSE
This pose offers a wonderful way to stretch the hip flexors gently at first and more deeply as flexibility increases. Substitute with pigeon for more intensity.
DOWNWARD FACING DOG
This pose is good for everything, especially stretching the hamstrings and calves along the back of the legs.
There are variations in this pose to choose from. You can lunge into front hip or keep it over the knee. Reaching arms towards ceiling or back foot adds quad stretch.
This pose also gets deep into hamstrings and hips. Remember, both hips point the front of mat in the posture.
HALF MOON POSE
This incorporates balance but also an exceptional way to open the hamstrings, hips, ribs and chest. A block helps make this pose more accessible.
Squatting was a natural way to sit but most of us lost the habit. If this squat is too intense for you, place a block or rolled blanket to help you.
HALF LORD OF THE FISHES POSE
There's a lot of passive stretching in the lower body so make sure to set it up carefully and keep the sole of your your foot in contact with the floor.
COW FACE POSE
This is a really good antidote to all the slumped over sitting. The arm position is quite challenging and stretches biceps, pectorals, trapezius and serratus anterior.