One of the many benefits of yoga is that it allows you to improve your flexibility. Flexibility is so important for your overall health and is key to avoiding injury, especially as you get older. Many people think that you have to be flexible to practice yoga, but actually it’s just the opposite: doing yoga more often will make you more flexible.
Flexibility helps with pain, stiffness and stability. Did you know that hip flexibility can mange or eliminate lower back and knee pain, while also helping you find stability in your centre? Flexibility in your spine aids with circulation and energy, and maintaining flexible hamstrings improves your physical abilities and works to prevent injuries. Having a strong and fit body is one thing, but have a flexible body is key to maintaining it.
Whether you’d like more flexibility in your spine, hamstrings, hips, or shoulders working these yoga stretches into your daily/bi-daily routine is a sure way to boost your flexibility. I always recommend taking classes in a yoga studio for the best overall benefits, but if you’re stuck on time you can do easily do these poses from the comfort of your own home – just make sure to use a yoga mat!