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Getting started with yoga? Here are some of the basic stretches that you need to learn in order to kickstart your practice!
According to Openfit Live trainer Carlos Teasdale, “Stretching improves your body’s ability to move and can increase your mobility significantly while decreasing exercise-related pain.”
Some people might consider this an optional step, but if you really want to make the most out of yoga, you should try these exercises:
This is a yoga staple and it's part of almost every single yoga practice there is. It gives you a full-body stretch and it can prep your body for other workouts, like planks and push-up.
Start in high plank, with your hands under your shoulders and your feet open a little bit more than hip-wide. Push your hips up and back, making a mountain shape with your body. Straighten your legs or keep a soft bend on the knees, drop your heels towards the mat. Hold for 5-10 breaths.
This will help you stretch your back, core, and hips, as well as your neck and chest.
Start in all fours with your back flat, your hands under your shoulder, and your knees below your hips. On the exhale, round your back towards the ceiling and tuck your tailbone. Bring your chin to your chest.
On the inhale, arch your back downward, dropping your belly and lifting your chin and tailbone. Hold for 5-10 breaths.
Oldie but goldie, this simple move will loosen up your hips, back, and core before you start any exercise.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, your knees slightly bent, and your hands on your hips. Move your hips in a clockwise circle for 30 seconds, and then switch to counterclockwise for another 30 seconds.