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EthanKanke

Beginners Yoga for flexibility

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The 30 day yoga challenge is a good beginner's course.  Any beginner yoga program will help develop your flexibility, so it's mostly an issue of finding a program and an instructor that makes sense to you.

 

The 30 day yoga challenge is also free, so you can try it without spending money.  The "Diamond Dallas Page" yoga (DDP yoga) has also gotten good reviews overall, but that's a program to buy, so you might want to hold off until you're willing to commit.

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IMHO as yoga is an entire body workout a full class is best to increase flexibility.   Also flexibility in what?    After talking with a Cirque Du Soleil cast member for flexibility they recommended not going more than 12 hours without stretching in some form.  

Spine - Supine twist, (almost any pose listed in hamstrings that has a twist variation)

Hips - Half, full, or king pigeon pose as you progress.   Malasana pose, dancers pose, standing split

Hamstrings - Forward fold, flat back, pyramid pose, ragdoll pose, lunges, warrior 1,2,3, humble warrior, fallen warrior pose, standing leg split, half & full split

 

Know that gaining flexibility also is going to take years of practicing.   Allowing facia to gain the ability to stretch inside us is a long process. See below video on facia.

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Look up a very basic Sun Salutation sequence on the Internet. As you learn more and increase your flexibility you can add more complicated moves to your sequence. The best place to start is forward fold, squat, walk your feet to plank and up to downward dog. 

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You can start simple yoga postures like Mountain Pose (Tadasana), Child’s Pose (Balasana), Cat Pose (Marjaryasana), Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrāsana) and Hero Pose (Virasana). These yoga postures definitely help you to increase flexibility.

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