Five Easy Yoga Poses That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks

Published: Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The fundamental problem with stretching is that it is as critical to good health and injury prevention as it is painfully boring to actually do.

To make the process a bit more engaging and a bit less intolerable, we asked Krissy Jones to use her knowledge of the stretchiest of workouts for help updating what is probably the most overlooked part of your training regimen.

Toebreaker

Sit on your heels, with your toes tucked underneath them, so that your feet are perpendicular to the floor (and to your toes.) Reach your arms up overhead, hook your thumbs together, and elongate your spine, leaning back a little if you feel comfortable. Take ten deep breaths. This pose does wonders for stretching achy foot muscles, says Jones, and is especially useful for runners who suffer from plantar fasciitis.

Forward fold

Roll up a blanket or towel into a tube shape and slide it underneath the balls of your feet. Stand up, with your heels planted on the ground and the balls of your feet on the blanket, keeping your feet hip-width apart. Fold your torso forward over your legs, with a slight bend in the knees. Reach your hands to the floor, or on to a set of blocks. Stay in this position—Jones' preferred calf-and-hamstring all-in-one stretch—for 10 breaths.

Hip opener

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Cross your right ankle over your left knee to create a "figure four" shape with the legs. Next, interlace your fingers behind the left hamstring or left shin and pull that left leg—the other one will follow—towards your chest. Keep your feet flexed, and try to keep your butt down on the floor. Hold for 10 breaths on each side.

Supported bridge

Lie on your back again, knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Place a block of any height under your sacrum—that bony segment of your spine that you can feel right above the crack. Don't let the knees or toes point out to the side—keep them parallel with one another. This stretch helps to relax the psosas, says Jones, which is a deep-set core muscle that connects the torso to the legs.

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