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Which are the best yoga poses to make my back and legs more flexible?

I’ve started doing yoga to try and make myself more flexible. I’d love to be able to actually touch my toes. I’m not overweight, or unfit, but I’m just not flexible. Can anyone recommend some yoga poses hat will make my back and legs more flexible?

Thanks 🙂


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  • The best (and safest) pose to stretch your legs is “reclined hand to foot”.

    Get a yoga strap or a soft belt. Lay flat on your back with your legs straight on the ground, inner thighs touching. Press the backs of your legs down onto the ground and let your low back lift off the ground. Continue to press your left leg down and try to keep your low back lifting away from the ground as you bend your right knee and place the strap around your right foot.

    Your low back will want to push down into the ground and your left thigh will want to pop up, try to resist this as you work to straighten your right leg.

    Take 10 slow deep breaths on each side.

    Here is a link to a picture and more detailed description of this pose. http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/483

  • I don’t know if these are yoga posistions but they have helped me get more flexible. on your knees and legs straight out tward the back. bend back as far as you can. strech out your arms backward to help keep balance. this loosens up your back.

    sitting on the ground put your legs straight out in front of you. reach as far as you can and if possible grab your feet/toes and hold that possision for a while. this also loosens up your back.

    Lunges. Put one leg back and bend it as if you were knealing. BUT DO NOT let it tuch the ground keep your knee suspended at least 2-4 inches from the ground. Some people can do 1 inch but don’t tuch the ground. and keep your other leg out and bent. Keep your arms straight at your sides. keep this posistion for at least 60 seconds.

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