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Improving your flexibility with yoga

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

Regularly practicing yoga can have significant benefits for our flexibility. It also helps us to prevent strains and injuries, as well as releasing tension and stress. Improving your flexibility doesn't mean pushing the boundaries of what is comfortable and achievable, but identifying and reaching your limits and remaining there. One of the fundamentals of improving flexibility is stretching. Yoga combines stretching, mindfulness, breathing, physical movement and meditation. It alllows you to stretch and move safely and in a controlled manner that helps you become more aware of your body.


How does yoga help to improve flexibility?


Many believe that you have to be highly flexible to practice yoga in the first place, but this isn’t true. Consistent practice of yoga is what unlocks the flexibility required to level up your practice. Your body naturally reacts to stretching and causes muscles to contract, but continuing to stretch muscles through safe yoga poses trains your muscles to tolerate a deeper stretch, allowing you to further your practice.


Yoga poses to help you improve your flexibility


Cat-cow pose

The cat-cow pose helps to strengthen and lengthen the spine as well as release tension in the neck, shoulders and upper back. It also helps to slowly improve strength and flexibility in the wrists and hands.


Cobra pose

The cobra pose assists in stretching the core and the pelvis. As the top of the feet are flat against the floor, it unlocks additional stretch along the front of the feet and ankles.


Child’s pose

The child’s pose stretches the hips, knees, shoulders and lower back. Gently stretching these main muscle groups helps your body recover from fatigue and tension.


Triangle pose

The triangle pose offers stretch throughout the body and particularly helps to stretch and strengthen the hips and shoulders.


Low lunge

The low lunge releases the hips, upper legs and groin and allows for deep stretch in these areas. The gentle bend of the spine can also help to improve flexibility in the back.


Bow pose

The bow pose is great for opening the shoulders, chest and hips. This pose can look a little scary at first but offers great benefits regardless of the level of bend you are able to achieve.


Downward-facing dog

The downward-facing dog achieves deep stretch in all areas of the body and also benefits in strengthening the core and shoulders.


Camel pose

The camel pose helps to lengthen the upper body and activates the core. It can help to improve spinal flexibility and mobility.


If some of these poses seem daunting at first, don’t forget there is a range of equipment and aids you can use to help you achieve them. This can include yoga blocks which help support and raise body parts so you don’t have to stretch so far and straps which give you additional length and reach.


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