Did you know that regular stretching is just as important as regular exercise? Stretching improves flexibility, posture and injury prevention by warming up the muscles. Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise for stretching out tight muscles that cause discomfort and our limit range of motion.
Here is a guide to 3 simple yoga stretches that you can do any time of the day for improved flexibility:
Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
Standing Forward Fold calms the mind and deeply stretches the hamstrings and calves. Exhale as you bend forward at the hips, lengthening the front of your torso. Bend your elbows and hold onto each elbow with the opposite hand. Let the crown of your head hang down. Press your heels into the floor as you lift your sit bones toward the ceiling. Remember not to lock your knees.
Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
Triangle pose is a full body stretch and strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles. To begin, take Warrior II on your right side without lunging into your knee. Then touch the inside of your right foot with the outside of your right hand. Reach up to the ceiling with your left hand. Turn your gaze toward and past your left hand to stretch your back. Don’t forget to repeat it on the other side.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
This is a wonderful pose for stretching the back, neck, hips, thighs, and ankles. Sit upright comfortably on your heels. Roll your torso forward and bring your forehead to rest on the ground in front of you. Extending your arms forward, lower your chest to your knees as close as you comfortably can. Hold the pose and breathe into your torso. Exhale and release to get deeper into your fold.