Flexibility refers to your ability to stretch your body to perform your tasks. Flexibility denotes the range of motion and the ability to bend or reach out for distant object without straining your body.
Flexibility improves muscle strength and helps you to move your joints effectively. Yoga stretching exercises are extremely helpful in increasing the flexibility of all parts of your body. Stretching exercises should be performed in morning to release the body’s early morning stiffness.
A List Of Various Yoga Asanas Is Given Below To Improve Flexibility
To Perform Tar Asana
Stand straight with your feet close together. Clasp your hands behind the back, inhale and raise your arms above your head and simultaneously lift the heels of your feet and stand on your toes.
Keep your arms stretched. Hold the pose for 10 seconds. Slowly exhale and came back to the starting position. Do at least 3 rounds of this asana.
To Perform Trikona Asana
Stand straight and keep your feet about 1-1/2 feet apart from each other. Stretch your arms along the shoulders. Inhale and bend towards your right . Place your right hand at the ankle and stretch your left arm towards the sky.
Fix your gaze at your left hand. Hold the pose for 10 seconds. Come back to starting position while exhaling. Repeat on the other side and relax.
To Perform Hala Asana
Lie down on your back and place the hands alongside your body. Inhale and slowly lift your legs up and gradually bring them up to 30 degree, 60 degree and 90 degree angle. Slowly take them above your head and while exhaling place your feet behind your head on the floor. Hold for 5 seconds.
You may place your hands on the waist for support or leave them beside you. While coming back to the starting position reverse the process and come back very slowly without any jerks. Relax in Shava asana for 10 seconds.
You need to practise Hala asana before you are able to touch the feet to the floor. As the flexibility of your spine improves you will be able achieve the feat.
To Perform Paschimottan Asana
In a sitting position stretch your legs straight in front of you. Inhale and lift your arms up. Slowly bend forward while exhaling. Bend as much as you can and strive to hold the big toe between your thumb and forefinger. Bend your head to touch your knees.
Hold the pose for 10 seconds. Inhale and slowly raise your head and arms and come back to starting position. Exhale and relax. You can increase the holding time to 3 minutes as you get hold of the asana.
To Perform Janusar Asana
Sit down on a firm mattress with your legs stretched forward. Fold your right leg and bring the foot near your inner thigh. Breathe in and raise your arms. Bend towards your left side while breathing out.
Hold the toe with your hands and place your head on left knee. Stay in this position for 10 seconds. Come back to starting position while inhaling. Exhale and relax. Repeat on the other side. The beauty of yoga asanas is that they should be done slowly and gracefully and without any jerks. You should be able to enjoy yourself while performing yoga for flexibility.
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