Yoga Poses To Increase Your Body’s Flexibility And Fitness Levels

By Patricia | April 21, 2009
Yoga To Increase Flexibility

Yoga is an excellent way to relax booth the body and mind. It is a cost-effective regimen that provides myriad benefits and, best of all, it can be practiced anywhere. Through a variety of stretches and Yogasanas (poses) you can achieve greater control over your body and mind. Continued practice of these postures increases your flexibility, your levels of fitness, and promotes a natural and healthy lifestyle.

Yoga Poses to enhance body flexibility

The best and complete Yoga exercise is the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), a series of 13 Yoga poses done in one fluid movement, synchronizing breathing with body movements. This is bound to turn the stiffest and most inflexible individual into a healthy, flexible and supple person in a short while. Beginners to Yoga had better start with some of the basic poses first. As your flexibility increases, you will be able to advance faster and more easily. Some of the best Yoga poses for flexibility include:

  • Dhanurasana (Archer Pose) – This is excellent for the muscles of the feet, hands, back, hamstrings and calves.
  • Chakrasana (Wheel Pose) – This Yoga pose is wonderful for increasing the flexibility of the spinal column.
  • Vajrasana (Mountain Pose) – This pose is very good for exercising the leg muscles.
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) – This wonderful Yoga pose makes your spinal cord very flexible and corrects the curvature of your spine. It also tones up the muscles of your abdomen, back and heart.
  • Halasana (Plough Pose) – This pose keeps your backbone flexible, tones up your thighs and pelvic region.
  • Kukkutasana (Cock Pose) – This pose develops very strong shoulders, hands, and abdominal muscles.
  • Sirshasana (Head Stand) – Considered the king of all Yoga poses, it supplies blood to your head, activates your pituitary and pineal glands.
  • Matsyasana (Fish Pose) – This gives an excellent stretch to the abdominal region.
  • Mayurasana (Peacock Pose) – This pose strengthens your arms and abdominal muscles.
  • Padmasana (Lotus Pose) – This pose is very good to straighten your backbone and make your back and leg muscles flexible.
  • Shalabhasana (Locust Pose) – This pose is excellent for toning up the lower half of the body.
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist) – This is the best spinal twist known to man and is excellent for the muscles of the back, hips, liver and spleen.
  • Paschimottanasana (Head to Knee Pose) – This pose gives a wonderful stretch to the back and is an excellent abdominal compressor. It is very good for the flexibility of the back and spine.
  • Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) –This wonderful Yoga pose tones the whole body, stimulates all the glands and improves circulation of all body fluids.

Some other wonderful Yoga poses that enhance flexibility are the Mountain Pose, Downward Facing Dog Pose, Tree Pose, Fish Pose, Warrior Pose, Cobra Pose, and the Triangle Pose

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