If you’ve ever had to sheepishly tell someone that you just can’t touch your toes, you may have wondered why you’re not as flexible as some of the other people in this world. Well, there are many reasons – both physically and mentally – why you may not be as flexible as others, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work on that. Yoga is one of the best ways to improve your flexibility, and here are some of the best yoga stretches you can do to do that.
If you’re really looking to stretch out your limbs and become more flexible, then the Crescent Lunge could be the move for you. While it looks quite difficult when you see someone else doing it, this pose is actually fairly simple – even though you’ll feel like you have pulled your whole body after you’ve done it. That’s because this pose not only stretches the muscles in your legs, but it also focuses largely on the intercostal muscles between your ribs.
Half Lord of the Fishes
Those who sit at a desk or those who are often immobile for most of the day will benefit hugely from the Half Lord of the Fishes pose. That’s because this pose really opens up the back and the glutes, and will provide you with a relief of tension that you probably didn’t know you had. As one of the most integral parts of your body, it’s important to make sure that your back is as flexible as possible.
Downward Facing Dog
Even if you’re a complete yoga novice, there’s a high chance that you’re familiar with the Downward Facing Dog. That’s because this is one of the most famous poses within the realm of yoga, and it’s something that is fairly simple compared to others within a yogis’ repertoire. The Downward Facing Dog pose allows you to stretch out your hamstrings and calves, and your legs as a whole. Alongside this, it will also help to stretch out your chest as you breathe deeply.
If you struggle with balance, you may also struggle with the Half Moon Pose. However, you can still give it a go! Because it is a little more complicated than some of the other poses on this list, you can guarantee that it’s going to work your muscles harder. In fact, the Half Moon pose works your hamstrings, chest, ribs, and hops. By practicing this move, you will become more flexible over time.
Do you find yourself slumping over on a regular basis? Well, it might be time to perfect the Cow Pose. This move will have your body twisting in all kinds of directions, but this will eventually improve your flexibility. That’s because it stretches your arms, pectoral muscles, and your upper back. Of course, it also requires some kind of flexibility and movement in your legs.
Whether you’re looking to become more flexible for a reason or whether you want to push yourself to learn more yoga poses, these yoga stretches will do the trick.