Today in this digital world, where every work can be done with a single touch, the movements and functioning of our body have come to a standstill. The energy and flexibility that we have during our childhood disappears as we grow into adults.
Luckily, by practicing beginner yoga asanas to improve flexibility, you can bring back the same energy and flexibility that you once had.
Routine sometimes calls you to lift heavy things. It is possible that you might have to lift something heavy when you are working at the house or maybe even at work, in such situations, body strength and flexibility is required. But the lack of strength can make that task very difficult.
Why is body flexibility important?
A more flexible body means more flexible joints, hence increasing the range of movement and blood circulation through the body. People start to lose flexibility as they near old age and some young people also suffer from this problem because of the wrong posture they keep their body while sitting or standing.
Keeping in mind the need of humans, the great yogis of India created many yoga asanas, which help to make your body flexible and agile. In this article, we will talk about the yoga asanas that will help you make your body flexible and the right way of practicing these poses.
Beginners Yoga That Makes Your Body Flexible
In this article, we are going to talk about some beginner yoga asanas which will help you improve your flexibility along with giving you relief from back pain and reducing belly fat. Practice these asanas at least 3 times daily according to your convenience and time.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana / Upward Facing Dog Pose
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana is a great pose to stretch back muscles and backbone and is an important asana in the Surya Namaskar series. Practicing this asana regularly strengthens arms and wrists. It also protects you against back bone-related problems in old age.
To practice, this asana, lay down on your stomach with both hands near your chest and your palms touching the ground. Using your core strength, push downwards with both hands and slowly lift your upper body from the ground. Hold this position for 30 seconds.
Adho Mukha Svanasana / Downward Dog
Adho Mukha Svanasana is a great follow-up pose after practicing the upward-facing dog pose. This asana is a very important part of the Ashtanga Yoga Series and just like its predecessor, it is an important asana in the Surya Namaskar Steps. Practicing this asana improves digestion, blood flow and tones the muscles of arms and legs.
To perform this yoga asana, hold the upward-facing dog position. Gradually straighten your hands and legs to lift your hips upwards in such a way that your arms and legs along with the floor form the shape of a triangle.
Parivrtta Utkatasana / Revolved Chair Pose
Parivrtta Utkatasana also known as the revolved chair pose is a great yoga pose for beginners that can improve flexibility as well as help with weight loss. It might be a bit difficult to hold this asana for 30 seconds, so you can start with 10 seconds and gradually increase the time.
To practice this asana, start with Tadasana. Bend your knees and raise your hands up to form the chair pose. Slowly bring your hands down to your chest level and fold them in “Namaste” or prayer position. Turn towards the left and look upwards towards the ceiling making sure that your right elbow is resting on your left thigh. Gomukhasana is a great follow-up pose that you can practice after this asana.
Ardha Uttanasana / Half Standing Forward Fold
Ardha Uttanasana is another yoga asana that can be found in one of the steps of Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. This asana is a part of the vinyasa yoga series. It is practiced to improve the flexibility of the spine and increase the strength of your core and hips muscles.
To do this asana, stand upright with a gap of about 1 foot in both feet. Bend your back and touch the ground with both palms. Straighten out your spine so that it remains parallel to the ground and don’t bend your knees.
Ustrasana / Camel Pose
The Camel Pose or Ustrasana is a great yoga posture that is practiced by many people to increase the flexibility of their spine. If you are suffering from back pain, practicing this posture can provide you relief.
To practice this asana, sit on your knees and hold your ankles with both hands. Push your chest forward and look upwards to the sky & straighten your arms forming an arch from your waist. Repeat this asana 3 times holding the pose each time for at least 60 seconds.
Apart from releasing stress, practicing these yoga asanas regularly will not only give you relief from body pain but will make your body more flexible. The asanas mentioned above are easy to practice and hence are great for beginners to start practicing yoga