10 Yoga Poses You Should Do Every Day

Why You Should Do Yoga Every Day

There are so many reasons to do yoga every day, even if it’s just a five-minute flow. Here are just a few:

1. Helps Stiffness and Sore Muscles

The most obvious benefit of stretching is to relieve stiff, sore muscles. Whether you are hurting from a hard workout or stiff from being sedentary, stretching alleviates muscle pain. And it’s a more natural and inexpensive solution than popping Advil or Tylenol—both of which can be hard on your body over time. Stretching after workouts helps prevent your muscles from becoming stiff and sore the next day, so you can be ready to get back at it again tomorrow.

2. Increases Range of Motion

Everything in our bodies is connected. Muscles, bones, joints…if the muscles around the joint aren’t flexible, it’s difficult to move efficiently. In other words, muscle stiffness can prevent you from doing full range of motion exercises, cause injury, and worst of all keep you from progressing with your fitness goals. Even those who DON’T exercise regularly will find that not stretching limits the ability to take full strides when you walk, reach for things, or move with a complete range of motion. Skip stretching and you’ll eventually have that familiar “grandpa shuffle.”

Related: The Beginner’s Guide To Yoga

3. Relieves Stress

Don’t underestimate the damage stress can have on both your mental and physical health. A brief stretch break that utilizes deep breathing can provide a respite during the day to find clarity and slow down your breath.

This simple yoga workout gives you 10 yoga poses you should do every day. It only takes 5 minutes. Try it today!Want the printable workout? Click here for your free download!

The bottom line is this: maintaining flexibility is the key to feeling good, preventing injury, moving well and continuing to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle well into your second half of life. And while you probably know that yoga provides the flexibility benefits that everyone desires, you may not have the time or the desire to get into a regular yoga practice. But truthfully, if you only do a handful of poses each day, you’ll start to see the difference in how your body looks and feels. Try our 10 yoga poses below to get a simple stretch every day that will benefit your mind and body.

10 Yoga Poses To Do Every Day

This simple yoga workout gives you 10 yoga poses you should do every day. You can do these almost anywhere, at anytime, and you WILL feel amazing! How long does it take? Only 5 minutes if you do them all! Try to hold each pose for at least 30 seconds. You can run through them all at once, or scatter them throughout the day.

1. Standing Side Bend

Lengthen a compressed spine and a tight back by moving in a new direction: sideways!

Standing side bend is just one of ten yoga poses you can do every day to feel flexible and calm.

A) Stand tall with feet and legs together and reach both arms straight up overhead as you inhale.

B) Lower your right arm down the right side of your body and exhale as you lengthen the left arm over the head, bending body gently to the right.

C) Inhale to return arms overhead to center and exhale as you repeat on the left side.

2. Downward Dog

Stretch the entire backside of your body: your back, hamstrings, calves and Achilles.

Try one of these 10 yoga poses every day.

A) Begin in a kneeling position on your mat with hands directly under shoulders, fingers spread wide.

B) Tuck your toes under and engage your abdominals as you push your body up off the mat so only your hands and feet are on the mat.

C) Press through your hands, moving your chest gently toward your thighs and your heels gently toward the floor.

Related: 6 Morning Yoga Poses You Can Do In Bed

3. Up Dog/Cobra

Open your chest and the front of your shoulders for better posture.

Try cobra pose (or up dog) as a helpful yoga pose in your daily practice.

A) Begin lying face down on your mat with head slightly lifted and hand sitting directly under shoulders.

B) Point your toes so the tops of you feet are on the mat.

C) As you exhale, press through your hands and the tops of your feet raising your body and legs up off the ground until arms are straight.

4. Crescent Lunge

Open tight hip flexors and lengthen your spinal column.

Use this pose as one of ten everyday yoga poses for better flexibility and peace.

A) From a standing position, step the ball of your left foot to the back of the mat. Keep your feet slightly wider than one another like you’re standing on railroad tracks.

B) Reach both arms straight overhead and bend the right knee to 90 degrees.

C) Relax your shoulders as you continue reaching up and lengthening the back leg. Hold 30 seconds and switch sides.

5. Cat

Relieve a tight back and maintain spinal flexibility.

Use this pose to stay flexible on a daily basis.

A) Begin on your hands and knees with hands directly under shoulders and knees directly under hips.

B) Start with your spine in a “neutral” or long position, then slowly tuck your tailbone and lower the crown of your head so your back gently rounds.

C) Draw your naval up to your spine and breathe gently as you hold the stretch.

6. Cow

Relieve a tight back and maintain spinal flexibility.

Try cow pose to stretch out your spine and ease into your day.

A) Begin on your hands and knees with hands directly under shoulders and knees directly under hips.

B) Start with your spine in a “neutral” or long position, then gently lift your heart and tailbone so your back gently curves downward. Be sure to focus on the lifting; do not press your back downward. Let the curve happen naturally.

C) Look slightly upward with a relaxed neck and breathe gently.

7. Pigeon 

One of the best hip stretches around. Open hips and lower back with traditional pigeon or do it lying on your back.

Pigeon pose is a fantastic hip opener you can do on a daily basis.

A) Begin in a plank position. Tighten your abdominals and pull your right knee toward your right hand placing your right foot as close to your left hand as you can.

B) Keep your back leg long and keep your hips even as you relax your weight through the middle of your hips.

C) Breathe and hold for 30 seconds. Step back into plank and switch sides.

8. Happy Baby

A pose of relaxation! You will also open your groin, inner thighs and low back.

Try these yoga poses every day to stay flexible and relaxed.

A) Begin lying on your back and grab your big toes with your index and middle fingers.

B) Gently draw toes down so knees pull toward shoulders. Keep elbows gently pressing knees open.

C) Relax and breathe. Hold 30 seconds.

9. Yogi Squat

Yogi squat has been called the “pose of youth.” Keeping your hip flexors open and hip joint mobile, this pose will keep you walking and moving like a young person.

Try a yogi squat daily for increased flexibility.

A) Begin on feet, crouched down with tailbone between ankles and hands in prayer at chest.

B) Continue to press hands firmly together while at the same time pressing elbows against inner thighs.

C) Hold and breathe for 30 seconds.

10. Windshield Wiper

Stretch external hips, lower back and relieve sciatica.

Try this and nine other yoga poses every day as part of your daily stretch.

A) Begin on your back with knees bent, feet flat on floor and arms stretched out to the sides.

B) Gently lower your knees to the left side of your body and place on the floor. Gaze right and breathe.

C) Engage your abdominals and slowly pull your knees back to the start position.

D) Gently lower your knees to the right side of your body and place on the floor. Gaze left and breathe.


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