Taking into account the fast-paced and busy lifestyle most of us are leading, being physically active has become an imperative. Yoga uses various breathing techniques, poses and meditation to achieve harmony of body and mind. It also enhances flexibility of the body which is one of the most important prerequisites for maintaining your health and avoiding serious physical injuries, especially with older people. More precisely, yoga is probably the most efficient tool for increasing body movement in general. By practicing yoga regularly, your muscles become less tight, your muscles and ligaments lengthen. Here are a few efficient yoga poses that will help you discover, achieve and increase flexibility.
The hours of sitting in uncomfortable chairs may make our body tight and cause pain in the neck, shoulders or back. Also, the lack of physical activity makes us get easily exhausted and unable to function properly. One of the basic techniques of yoga that improves the body movement is the proper breathing. While inhaling help us lift things, and boost energy, exhalations enable us to lower things simultaneously feeling the downward-moving energy. Generally, proper breathing brings more oxygen into or blood and brain increasing vital energy. Also, before doing not only yoga, but any sport, it’s essential to find appropriate and comfortable fitness apparel as it will make the whole experience of taking various postures and moving the body parts easier and more enjoyable.
Cat and Cow pose
In this pose you should take a tabletop position with your wrists and your knees on the floor pressed evenly against the floor. When inhaling, arch your back and when exhaling, round the back. This exercise stretches the back and the neck and creates a pleasant bodily sensation that gently massages your body.
Hands to feet pose
If you want to stretch your spine and legs the easiest and most practical exercise is to take a standing position and then bend forward, reaching your toes with your fingertips and breathing deeply while holding the pose. Stretching your body muscles is essential if you want to enhance your physical capacity and strengthen your musculature.
If you feel pain or unpleasant sensation in your hips, then you should try doing a pigeon pose. It’ s a perfect stress reliever and stretches the hip, both inner and outer area. You take the initial pose called the downward dog. Then slide your right knee between your hands with your right foot in front of the left knee. Next, you slide your left leg behind you. Inhale lifting your torso up and exhale folding your torso over the right leg. Again, you will feel how your body muscles are stretching.
If you want to stretch your entire body, especially legs, you can practice a triangle pose. It’s a perfect exercise as it stretches the groin, opens chest and shoulders and strengthens the entire body. It’s quite simple and very energizing. Take the initial position called Warrior, and touch your feet with one hand while lifting and stretching the other. It is usually followed by a wide-legged position which stretches the inside if your thighs.
Yoga and Tai Chi
Another non-traditional sport that is pretty similar to yoga in many aspects is tai chi. They’re both highly beneficial regarding the improvement of body flexibility as both practices strengthen the body and create positive energy that circulates the body thus creating a harmony. However, unlike yoga, which is more focused on stillness enabling the body to feel the positive energy, tai-chi’s focus is on moment of relaxation and there are no pauses between different postures. By increasing flexibility, both yoga and tai-chi reduce the level of stress and help calm the entire being.
After a period of time, a physically inactive person that has become quite rigid will start to experience a remarkable improvement and considerable flexibility, all the while developing the entire bodily figure. It also releases tension, transforming both the body and the mind.