Yoga is one of my favorite ways to get some stretches in after my workout. I take yoga classes once a week, which I thought would be easy going; but our instructor really pushes us to our limits. I enjoy it so much because every week I become stronger and find doing these poses much easier. I wanted to share some yoga poses for stretching that I’ve found to be really great.

The focus in our classes is always in our breathing first, and then in our yoga poses. If you try some of these, you should also try some breathing exercises with them. Take deep breaths, and time your inhalations and exhalations in conjunction with moving into poses and out of your poses.

Downward-facing Dog

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A very straight forward pose, ensure you keep your legs hip width apart, your palms should be flat on the mat and you’re keeping your back straight. This is normally a transition pose, so I will start with this and do it in between starting different poses. Hold this for at least one minute. This pose will stretch and strengthen areas like your lower back, hamstrings, and calves.

Three Legged downward-facing dog

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A variation of the downward facing dog, this pose will help with your flexibility as well as opening your hips and strengthening the standing leg. Do this pose for each leg and hold for at least 6 long breaths.

The Pigeon Pose

One of my favorite poses when my legs are feeling tight after a workout is the pigeon pose. It looks straight forward but it will get right into the hamstrings of the leg crossed beneath you as well as your glutes.

Upward Plank Pose

A key thing to note when starting this pose is to roll your shoulders back while you’re still in the sitting position. This pose strengthens your shoulders, arms, back, glutes and way more. It’s also excellent for building core strength.

Extended Triangle Pose

The extended triangle pose will stretch your hips, groins, hamstrings, calves and spine. It’s also fantastic for strengthening areas like your back and abdomen.

Supine Spinal Twist

This pose will stretch your glutes and your back muscles. It also helps to realign your spine if you have issues with posture.

Have you tried any of these? What are your go-to yoga poses? Let me know!

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