6 Stretches that you should practice after your workout

6 Stretches that you should practice after your workout

Yoga is the way to live a healthy life with healthy body and mind. Yoga keeps you fit, active and rejuvenated at all times. Many people confuse yoga with stretching but yoga is not restricted to stretching only. Even most of us think yoga is not meant for people like us but for the ones in saffron outfit and the ones who give up everything. But in fact, yoga is meant for each one of us to stay healthy, positive and happy. In this article you will read about the importance of yoga and yoga poses you should practice after your workout session.

Yoga postures are a series of focused isometric contractions along with specific breathing patterns that help to gain flexibility, mobility, and strength.

Anyone can be done by anyone and everyone. It’s not mandatory that you have to be hyperactive or highly flexible to start practicing basic yoga patterns. Also it is not mandatory that one needs to practice 60 minutes of yoga for five days in a week to reap its benefits. There are large numbers of ways to practice yoga including preparatory poses to advance levels which can be done regardless of age, body size, athletic or personal goals etc.

Yoga is the best dose after you are done with vigorous training as it helps to get back to your normal state. That’s why it is recommended to do some basic yoga postures to gain strength and increase performance.

The following are some of the basic yoga postures that you should do after your workout session.

Downward-facing dog

Start with your hands and knees, set straight both your legs and now raise your glutes up in a way that you are in a downward-facing dog. You can even bend your knees if you are comfortable in doing so but make sure you use the quads to release your hamstrings and calves.

Downward-facing dog

 

Forward lunge

Take a breath in and then place your leg forward such that it lies in between your hands. Put the other knee down. Take another breath in to lift your arms up or you can also place both hand over your front thigh.

 

Forward lunge

The Pigeon pose

For this yogic posture you need to drop your front shin in a way that it is close to parallel to the front of your mat (only as much as possible). Take a normal breath in and then sit up straight. Breathe out and bend forward placing your forearms on the floor. You can repeat this with the similar breath patterns of breathing in and out.

The Pigeon pose

Ankle-to-knee pose

After you are done with pigeon pose, take your leg back leg to stack your shins on top of each other. Now take a normal breath in and then sit up straight and then breathe out to fold forward. You can even place a blanket or block below your knee or simply place the bottom leg in a straight way. You may any way out and then also repeat the procedure on the other side.

Ankle-to-knee pose

Forward bend

Now is the time to open both your legs such they lay straightened in forward position. Now place you hands over your glutes and then pull them back. Inhale while you sit up straight and then bend forward by exhaling. Continue to breathe and stay in this position till you are comfortable.

Forward bend

Feet in the air

After the forward bending pose lie on your back and then lift your legs up into the air. You can even take help of a nearby wall to pull up your feet. Stay in this position till you are comfortable. The best thing you can do is to close your eyes for minutes in this pose.

Feet in the air

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