Stretching after a workout is vital to improving flexibility and especially in preventing injury. You put in all that hard work at the gym, so don’t blow it by not cooling down the right way. Help your body recover with these perfect workout-ending yoga poses.
Kneeling Crescent Lunge, or Anjaneyasana, is perfect for those with tight, closed hips (hello, anyone who sits at a desk all day).
TIP! Make sure your front knee does not extend forward over your toes.
Cobra, or Bhujangasana, is a great stretch for the abs and shoulders. This back-bending pose helps to open the chest and is good for building strength in the back.
TIP! Remember to keep your hips on the mat and your shoulders away from your ears.
Bridge Pose, also known as Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, opens your chest, shoulders, spine, and hip flexors. Marathon runners, take note, this pose helps alleviate some of the painful side effects of heavy marathon training, such as loosening up your hips.
TIP! For assistance with this pose, use a block under your lower back.
Childs Pose, in Sanskrit called Balasana, is a resting posture that stretches and opens the back to prevent tightness. Rest on your mat, with your arms by your sides and take long, deep breaths. You can hold this pose for 3 breaths or for a few minutes.
TIP! Increase the stretch by reaching your arms forward.