Yoga Flexibility Stretches

When it comes to the Big Three, cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training, it’s pretty clear which one can get overlooked. After all, while we prize cardiovascular and strength training for their role in helping us lose weight, build muscle and get fit, the benefits of Yoga flexibility stretches are less immediately alluring.

However, as the population ages, more of us are learning to appreciate the rewards of stretching. Staying limber can offset age-related stiffness, improve athletic performance, and optimize functional movement in daily life. Research shows that Yoga training can develop and maintain range of motion and may help prevent and treat injury.

How can you include an effective yoga flexibility workout in your fitness program? Here are some guidelines:

Squeezing in one or two quick asanas before or after a workout is better that nothing, but this approach will yield limited results. What’s more, generic stretches may not be effective for your particular body. The more time and attention you give to your Yoga training, the more benefits you’ll experience.

Benefits of Yoga Flexibility

Seated forward bend

If you are a baby boomer and age is catching up, this agility will make your life so much more pleasurable because you will be able to avoid stiff muscles and stiff joints unlike your peers who do not stretch. You will be more mobile, agile and suffering from less pain associated with aging and stiff body parts. These anti aging benefits from Yoga regularly are priceless. Benefits that money can never be able to buy.

What is more, you can yoga anytime anywhere as and when you like. Yoga exercises need not be limited as a pre and post workout activity. So start a Yoga stretching exercise routine soon and make it part of your everyday lifestyle. You will surely enjoy the pleasures and anti aging benefits that a regular stretching routine can bring you.

In many exercise programs, be it weight lifting for building and toning muscles or cardio vascular exercises for increasing stamina and to lose weight, most people do not perform enough stretching exercises even though stretching exercises can be performed by anyone at any age unless that person has some physical restriction to stretch. What is worse, many people do not even stretch before and after exercising. Unknown to most people, stretching also has anti aging benefits.

Consider Your Activities.

Are you a golfer? Do you ski, run or play tennis? Do your daily home or work routines include bending, lifting or sitting for long periods? Functional Yoga flexibility improves the stability and mobility of the whole person in his or her specific environment. An individualized Yoga program is best to improve both stability (the ability to maintain ideal body alignment during all activities) and mobility (the ability to use full, normal range of motion).

Tight Areas

Often the shoulder, chest, hamstrings and hips are particularly tight, but you may hold tension in other areas, depending on your history of injuries and the existing imbalances in your muscle groups. Unless you tailor your Yoga training to your strengths and weaknesses, you may stretch already overstretched muscles and miss areas that need training.

Listen to Your Body.

Yoga is an individual thing. Pay attention to your body’s signals and don’t push too far. Avoid bouncing or jerking movements to gain momentum; this approach can be dangerous.

Instead, slowly stretch your muscles to the end point of movement and hold the stretch for about 10 to 30 seconds. Older adults, pregnant women and people with injuries will need to take special precautions.

Get Creative

Varying your Yoga training can help you stick with it. You can use other accessories to add diversity and effectiveness to your Yoga.

Yoga Your Mind and Body.

Did you know that your emotional state may affect your flexibility? If your body is relaxed, it will be more responsive to Yoga training. Focusing on your breath can help you relax as you stretch. In addition to stretching, classes in these disciplines may include relaxation, visualization and other mind-body techniques designed to reduce stress and increase mindfulness.

Do It Consistently.

It doesn’t help to do yoga for a few weeks and then forget about it. Integrate regular Yoga into your permanent fitness program.

Benefits of Yoga

The body is flexible. It is supposed to be flexible. You must be able to bend and reach that something you dropped on the floor. You must be able to zip the back of your favorite dress on your own. You must be able to reach that book you need to read at the top shelf.

These are simple activities. Nothing grand about them, you merely stretched out a bit. However, if there are difficulties in doing such simple motions, then you have to stretch your limits. You already need a Yoga program.

How Does One Do Yoga?

Lady doing a yoga forward bend

Yoga is fairly easy. It can be done by anybody, regardless of age. However, the extent of stretching and flexing differs. The muscles tighten as a person ages. The range of joint movements can be minimized. This can very well obstruct an on-the-go lifestyle. That is why as the person grows older, bending or flexing becomes more limited. This is why Yoga stretching regularly, as part of a routine is very important.

Simple Yoga can be done every day. It can be incorporated in the lifestyle and the daily activities. It does not require much of your time. Yoga exercises can also be done while training. Actually, stretching is an essential part of any training or sport. It must be done first before anything else. Stretching the body and the limbs is a good preparation for a more rigorous activity.

Increase the Range of Movement

As one constantly does the Yoga stretching, the length of the muscles and the tendons are also increased. This will help in increasing the range of your movement. Thus, the limbs and joints will be able to move, way before an injury can take place. You are definitely physically fit.

Increased Yoga Flexibility to Perform Skills

When you have a wide range of movement, the more you will be able to do more things. For example, you can jump high without feeling any pain when you land back on the floor. This will also help you start a new sport or improve more if you are in one. Yoga in this aspect also allows you to have a more active lifestyle.

Injury Prevention

One can prevent injury to joints, tendons and muscles with stretching. When the muscles and tendons are well-flexed, they are considered in good working order. This will help in a faster recovery and decreased soreness. The muscles of the body will be able to take more exhausting and rigorous movements with less probability of being injured.

Reduce Muscle Tension

If the muscles are given their regular Yoga stretching, it is less likely that they will contract. This will definitely relieve you of any muscle pain or problems.

Enhance Energy

Being able to move more will also give you more energy. Yoga will also help enhance your awareness, like knowing that you have a body that is capable of doing many things. As such, you are going to be more driven to move rather than sulk in the corner.

Reduces Cholesterol

Research also shows that doing yoga, will help reduce the cholesterol in the body. This of course must be done with a healthy diet at hand. This could prevent and even reverse the hardening of the arteries, allowing you to avoid coronary diseases.

Incorporate Yoga in your everyday lifestyle. It has benefits you can not say no to. It also does not require much. It can be your usual activities, bending and flexing now and then. After all, your fitness is everything so do what it takes to keep the body healthy.

Yoga for Muscle Growth

Partner yoga

Yoga is an important aspect of exercising and should be a part of any exercise routine and program. There are many wonderful benefits when you perform regular yoga asana. Yoga not only helps you to warm up and cool down before and after your workouts, it can and will actually help your muscles to grow bigger and stronger too.

Yoga asana help muscle growth because stretching lengthens your muscles and thus giving your muscle fibers a greater range of motion when lifting weights. So in effect, it recruits more muscle fibers and thus causing your muscles to grow stronger and bigger from your weight training.

By stretching your muscles after an intensive workout will reduce muscle soreness commonly known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle sore) which usually occurs a day after your workout.

Performing yoga before your workout or before a physically demanding sporting activity will also decrease your chances of sustaining injuries and muscle cramps.

Conclusion

When you do yoga regularly, these asanas will help you gain agility which will make your daily chores much more pleasant and if you play sports, you will notice your agility is much better than others who do not yoga. This will put you in a more beneficial position against your opponents.

Leave all comments down below If you wish to do so.

Namaste Shane.

2 thoughts on “Yoga Flexibility Stretches”

  1. I’ve heard countless times the benefits of yoga but never put my heart into it. I have to admit age is catching up on me and you are correct, flexibility and agility are not what they used to be when younger. Not to mention the body aches. What videos would you recommend I watch and learn to start with?

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    • Hello Sharon, 

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article. 

      You are right about it does not get any easier as we age. 

      The best yoga video’s to watch are Yoga with Adrienne. 

      They are on YouTube hope that is convenient for you. 

      Namaste Shane.

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