You’re probably familiar with the feeling you get after a good workout. Maybe you even get it after a good yoga session. That “high” that comes from a job well done is a result of the body’s release of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that block pain signals from the brain, which is why we often feel euphoric after a workout.
But what if you could get that same feeling without breaking a sweat? Believe it or not, you can! All you need is a little yoga. Below, we’ll provide some simple yoga stretches that will help you feel good all over.
How Can Stretching Help Me?
You might be wondering how stretching can help you get ready for a good workout. Well, when you stretch, you’re actually preparing your body for action. You’re warming up your muscles and loosening up your joints, which can help you avoid injuries down the road.
Not only that, but stretching also helps improve your range of motion and flexibility. So if you’re looking to improve your athletic performance or just want to be able to move without feeling stiff and sore, stretching is a great place to start.
Downward Dog Pose
The next pose is Downward Dog. Come onto your hands and knees. tuck your toes and lift your hips up, so you’re in an inverted V shape. Hold for five breaths, then release. This pose elongates the spine, opens the shoulders and hamstrings, and strengthens the arms and legs.
Start in Crescent pose. Lunge forward with your right foot, and bend your knee so that your thigh is parallel to the floor. Your left leg should be straight, with your heel pressed against the inner right thigh of your right leg. Place your left hand on the floor directly in front of you, and reach your right arm overhead.
Slowly straighten your right leg, and press your left heel firmly against your right inner thigh as you raise your torso and reach for the ceiling with your right hand. Hold for five breaths, then switch sides.
Seated Eagle Pose
If you’re looking to target the shoulders and arms, the Seated Eagle Pose is a great choice. In this pose, you’ll be seated with your legs crossed. Place your hands on top of your knees, then wrap your arms around each other and extend them out in front.
Hold the position for one or two minutes and try to relax as much as possible. You should focus on keeping your torso upright, making sure not to slouch or lean forward. You can also adjust the angle of your elbows for a deeper stretch.
This pose helps promote flexibility in the arms and shoulders, which can help you feel more energized throughout the day and reduce tension in those areas. Give it a try!
The mountain pose is the base of all yoga poses and can be done almost anywhere and anytime. It is a wonderful way to meditate and connect with the earth while stretching your body. To get into the pose, start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Take a deep breath in and out as you raise your arms over your head, palms facing each other.
Then, bring your palms together in prayer position, keeping your arms beside your ears. Keep your shoulders relaxed, chin tucked in slightly, abs tight, and back straight. As you take a deeper breath, draw down both arms as you arch your back slightly and look up at the sky—this is the mountain pose.
Hold this stretch for about 30 seconds before returning to a standing position. You want to be sure to keep breathing throughout the stretch – inhaling deeply on the way up and exhaling on the way down – to get the most out of it!
The triangle pose is another classic yoga posture that helps increase your flexibility and core strength. To get into the pose, stand with your feet together and then reach down your arms to the side. Place one hand on the inside of your front foot while extending the other arm up towards the ceiling, then twist to the side stretching both sides of your body.
Hold in this position for 5 breaths before bringing yourself back to center and repeating on the other side. Try to keep your hips facing front and focus on lengthening both sides of your body as you lift up through your chest. This pose will help stretch out any tightness in your hamstrings, hips and shoulders while strengthening your core.
So, there you have it—a few yoga stretches for beginners that will give your body a good workout. Give them a try and see how you feel. And remember, as with any exercise, always listen to your body and stop if you feel any pain.