Top 3 Yoga Poses to Create Flexibility
I used to dread the hip opening poses in yoga until my yoga teacher reminded me one day that “your lack of flexibility is the very reason to do yoga instead of to avoid it”! This changed my perspective on yoga stretching poses. Yoga helps people of all flexibility levels: people that have no flexibility, people with some and people who are pretzel level flexible.
Yoga promotes flexibility by warming up hip and leg muscles and then offering deep stretches to target muscle groups The key, is to build heat (tapas) in the body to prepare it to safely enter a very relaxing state where the body can unfold and open up.
As you stretch your body, you are breaking up energy that could otherwise cause sickness and mental imbalances. More specifically, yoga teaches us that your body has seven main energy centers called chakras centered around different points on the spine. If we become too busy or stressed we are at risk of neglecting other important areas of our lives.
Luckily, yoga allows one to slow down and bring attention to these energy centers and notice where something is blocked or overly used. Stretching our body is a literal way of opening up and redistributing energy evenly.
I will share a few essential warm up poses and a stretching poses to increase flexibility. Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. You’re going to be doing a lot of movements that stretch your clothing to their breaking point, so make sure to wear the proper attire. 90 degree by reflex has plenty of leggings for women to choose from. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.
1. – Surya Namaskar
This yoga series builds heat in the body through the continuous movement and high muscle engagement. This series is commonly performed several times before doing the advanced yoga poses that stretch and test the body even more. Not only does it warm up the body but it allows you to salute the sun’s radiant energy.
2. Triangle Pose –
Triangle pose continues to warm-up the entire body especially the major hip muscles, need for flexibility. It also increases the flexibility and strength of your legs, ankles, knees, and hips. It safely stretches the legs while extending the back sideways.
Come to a wide stance on your mat. Turn your right foot out (Inhale), (exhale) bending at the hip, reach down and place one hand on the ground, ankle or shin. Reach your other arm towards the ceiling and hold for 5 breaths or 30 seconds.
Keep a steady gaze on your hand and breath deeply!
3. Pigeon Pose- Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
This is yoga teachers go-to hip opener pose. Often from staying in seated working positions your hip flexors stiffen and shorten. This pose lets gravity stretch your muscles even more! It also helps to promote a sense of grounding and erases fear!
From downward dog, bend your arms and bend your right knee at a 90 degree angle. Lower down on top of your right leg with the back leg stretched out in back. Lower your torso slowly towards the floor as far as you can go. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute and Repeat on the other side.
There you have it, three yoga poses to increase flexibility physically, mentally, and spiritually!