Looking for a great way to keep stress at bay and relieve sore muscles? Maybe even a way to keep your body feeling young? Yoga poses have withstood the test of time in alleviating muscle pain and lifting one’s mood. Moreover, this stretches ensure full optimum energy to carry out daily activities. Here are a few poses that one should try to schedule despite of our busy lifestyles.
This yoga stretch relieves tense hips, extends spinal column and chest. Position your feet on the mat with one behind the other. Create a wide space between the two to form a 90-degree angle. Now reach your arms overhead lifting your chest. Meanwhile, ensure that you maintain a relaxed shoulder the entire time. Hold this position for a few seconds before switching legs.
This stretch has got be the most relieving and relaxing one. It stretches out the lower back, and shoulders. Kneel on your mat sit down on your heels. Stretch out your arms in front of you facing your face to the floor. Ensure that your stretch out your back.
This stretches the peripheral hips and back. Lay flat on the mat, and bend knees to face upward toward the ceiling. Stretch out your arms to the sides and lower your knees to the right side of your body. Turn your head to the left side of your body and breathe. Do the same with the left side of your body.
Standing side bend
This pose extends the sides of the body, opening up back muscles and hips. Stand tall keeping your feet apart. Stretch out the right arm overhead and lean toward the left. Hold for a few seconds, then switch sides.
It stretches out the back, legs (including the hip area) shoulders, and arms. Fall on all fours, lifting your hips toward the shoulder. Position your ears between your arms and look down on your thighs. Ensure the heels of your feet are flat on the ground, stretching out your fingers. Hold this for a few seconds before coming back down.
Standing Forward Pose
This is a great way to stretch out your back and legs. Stand upright and drop your shoulders toward the floor. Start to move downward while trying to touch your toes. If this seems like an impossible fit to accomplish, try bending your knees. Then come up slowly, one vertebra at a time. Your head should be the last part of your body to come up.
This pose stretches out your spine and encourages blood flow throughout your body. Fall on your knees and hands. Curve your back raising your abs upward. Face the floor throughout this entire pose.
This pose stretches out your abs and chest muscles. This pose, is in a way, opposite of the cat stretch. Start by falling down on your knees with hands placed on the mat. Arch your back and look slightly upward.
Single leg stretch
Lie on your back lifting legs toward the ceiling. Lower one leg, but pull the other leg toward your face. Hold the raised leg with your hands lifting shoulders off the mat. Stretch out each leg and point out your toes. Switch sides.