Yoga is a great way to develop flexibility throughout your entire body.
For most of us just starting out with yoga, it can be intimidating and demoralizing to see how inflexible you are.
But just like all things worthwhile, it’s not about where we are right now but the destination that we want to get to that matters.
It can be quite invigorating to experience gaining more flexibility with your body as the weeks go by and today’s post was made to ensure that this happens for you.
Here are 5 proven tips for getting flexible with yoga….
1. Keep a Record of Where You Started
It’s important to make sure that you are logging yourself when you are first starting out in this journey and there are a few reasons for this.
The first and perhaps the most beneficial reason is this will allow you to see where you started.
Doing so will enable you to see the incremental progressions as the weeks move on.
This can help motivate you and keep you on the right track to continue down this journey.
The second reason for recording yourself, in the beginning, is it allows you to see what your form looks like.
Part of seeing progress faster involves the ability to pay attention to the details.
One minor detail can make all the difference in the way you feel and perform.
2. Start With Foundational Yoga Poses First
It’s important to make sure that you are mastering the foundational yoga poses first.
These poses will help you to build confidence and flexibility for future and more advanced poses.
By being patient and not skipping steps, you will see results come at a much faster rate and with less resistance.
3. Aim to Truly Challenge Yourself
It can be very easy to half-do a yoga pose just like it is for any workout we perform.
And since we all start out at different levels of experience, it’s important to know what your true limitations are and push yourself to overcome them.
If you are just going through the motions of the poses without aiming to feel that burn or stretch then it defeats the purpose of the workout.
And what’s even worse is you will not see the results that you crave because you aren’t forcing your body to adjust to your training.
This is the time to be honest with yourself and demand the most out of yourself.
4. Remain Consistent and Persistent
This goes without saying but consistency and persistence is the single-handedly most important thing that you must demand out of yourself to see results.
This can also be the most challenging aspect of training because there will be days will you will not be as motivated to workout and that’s where persistence has to come into play.
One of the ways that I try to do motivate myself on days I just don’t want to go is by simply remembering why I started in the first place.
If your why is important enough to you this should always light a fire under you to go achieve what you truly desire.
5. Perform Yoga Poses That Are Great for Flexibility
Some yoga poses are better for flexibility than others so it’s important to determine which ones are and implement those consistently.
Different yoga poses stretch different muscle groups so make sure to keep that in mind when you are picking the ones you want to do.
It’s important to make sure you are working out your entire body and developing flexibility evenly.
Here are a few popular yoga poses for flexibility that you can check out:
- Child’s pose
- Big toe pose
- Bound angle pose
- Cat/cow pose
- Downward facing dog
- Head to knee forward bend
- Extended puppy pose
- Standing forward bend