Flexibility is one of the key benefits of practicing yoga. As we age our body starts losing its flexibility and improper posture, stress and sedentary lifestyle added more to it. If you are someone who is looking to increase your flexibility then you don’t have to look further apart from the yoga. Gaining flexibility has a huge benefit as it improves joint health, provides a greater range of movement and prevents back pain and other bodies ache. Although there is a huge misconception about yoga that only people who are super flexible can practice it but it absolutely wrong as yoga is for everyone. When it comes to increasing flexibility through yoga then there are various yoga styles like Hatha or yin yoga.
The key is to choose wisely between these or you can also join a yoga TTC in Rishikesh program so that you can learn and practice these styles in a safe manner under the guidance of certified yoga teacher.
So if you are someone who has tight hips, hamstring, shoulders or calves yoga is perfect for you. The yoga works on your whole body including flexibility. As you start to practice you will soon notice the great difference in your range of motion and overall range of motion.
However, there is various yoga that can help you to increase flexibility. Here are some of the best yoga poses to improves flexibility
Stand in a tadasana keeping your feet hip-width apart. Inhale and stretch your arms above the head and with an exhale bend your upper torso from the hips. Rest your arms near your feet and let your head hang freely. Bend your knees a little to avoid the rolling of your back. Stay in the pose for few breaths and then release from the pose.
Uttanasana or standing forward fold is a great yoga poses to stretch your hamstring. The more you practice this the more you become better at it.
Adho Mukha savasana
Come down on your four with your knees underneath your hips and wrist under your shoulder. Now curl your toes under and lift your hips towards the ceiling to make an inverted ‘V’. If you are a beginner then bend your knees a little and fix your gaze towards the naval. Hold the pose for few breaths and then release gently.
This is the best yoga pose to increase your flexibility as it stretches your tight hamstrings and whole back area of the legs. Also, it opens your and chest and shoulder muscle. With the continuous practice, you will notice that your back is flattened.
Eye of the needle- Sucirandhrasana
Lie down on your back and bend your knees. Now cross your left ankle onto your right thigh and clasp your back of your right thigh with both the hands and bring it towards the chest. Stay in the pose for 10 to 30 seconds and then repeat it with another leg.
If you have a tight hip then the eye of the needle is best to open those tight hips. It strengthens and prevents any kind of injuries in your hips, spine and abdomen. Also, with the regular practice it helps reducing fat from butt, belly and thigh region which is considered as one of the most stubborn fat.
Reclined Hand to Big Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana)
Lie down on your back keeping your legs stretched outward. Bend your knees with your soles flat on the mat. Now pull your right knees towards the chest and grab the toe or put a yoga strap around your right toes and extend it towards the ceiling. Stretched your left leg on the mat and place your hand over your left thigh. Stay in the pose for few breaths and then repeat it with another leg.
Supta Padangusthasana is great to pose when it comes to stretching your hips, groin, hamstring and calves muscles.
Garland pose (Malasana)
Stand on the yoga mat keeping your feet at least 10 to 12 inches apart. Now slowly turn your toes and bend your knees in a deep squatting position. Bring your elbows inside your knees in a Namaste position in front of your chest and use your elbows to push your knees further. Stay in the pose according to your comfort and then release gently.
Garland pose or malasana opens your hips and groin areas and strengthen your ankles as well.
These are the best and easy yoga poses to increase your flexibility. However, you have to remember that yoga is a mind and body approach that shows its effect on the whole body.