A More Flexible You in 5 Minutes
Yoga for stretching
Treat your body to this stretch-you-all-over mini-routine from yoga instructor and DVD star Seane Corn, who teaches at Exhale at Sacred Movement in Venice, California. Hold each pose for 3 to 8 breaths.
Stretches hamstrings and muscles that support spine, boosts mobility in shoulders
Step feet 5 feet apart, turn left foot out, right foot slightly in. Inhale, raise arms parallel to floor. Exhale, hinge at left hip, rotate so left torso comes down over left leg; rest left hand on lower leg and reach right hand straight up from shoulder. Hold, return to start, repeat on other side.
Wide-leg standing twist
Stretches hamstrings, increases spine flexibility, improves mobility in shoulders
Step feet a bit closer, feet parallel. With spine long, exhale; fold forward from hips, bring hands to floor; hold. Inhale, twist torso left, reach left hand straight up; hold. Exhale, return to center; inhale, repeat on right. Exhale, return to center; inhale, return to standing.
Increases spine flexibility, strengthens back muscles, opens shoulders, stimulates central nervous system
Lie face down with forehead on floor, legs straight, arms by sides, palms up. Inhale, lifting head, upper body, arms, and legs off floor; stretch legs and arms back, keeping gaze on floor. Hold, then slowly lower back down.
Folded forward bend
Calms nervous system, stretches hamstrings and back muscles
Sit on the edge of a folded blanket, legs straight and together in front of you, arms by sides. Keeping spine long, exhale and fold forward over legs, stretching arms forward to hold sides of feet or calves; hold, then inhale and slowly lift back up to sitting.