Find Your Inner Yogi: 10 Perfect Post-Workout Poses

Whether or not you’re into yoga, you’ve probably heard at least some of the hype surrounding this popular workout method. While not much of a yogi myself, I do like to mix up my workout routine by taking a class once a week or incorporating a few poses into my post-workout stretch. The benefits are evident, ranging from lowered stress levels, better posture, and low back pain relief to flexibility and muscle tone. If you hit the gym on a regular basis (or even if you don’t), adding a few poses to your daily routine can be beneficial in preventing injury and helping your muscles to recover after a heart-pounding sweat session. It can also be good for strengthening your joints, which can in turn make your weight lifting sessions more beneficial. Here are a few of my favorite post-workout poses:

1. Upward Plank (Purvottanasana)

  • Strengthens the arms, wrists, and legs while stretching the shoulders, chest, and ankles

2. Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves, shoulders, and hands

3. Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)

  • Stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders, knees, hamstrings, calves, chest and spine

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4. Dolphin Pose

  • Strengthens the arms and legs; stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, and arches.

5. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves, and hip flexors; strengthens thighs and knees

6. Marichyasana (Pose dedicated to the Sage Marichi I)

  • Stretches the spine and shoulders

7. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

  • Strengthens the spine; stretches the chest, shoulders, and abdomen; opens the lungs

8. Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

  • Strengthens arms, wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine; stretches/opens the chest; increases energy

9. Lord of the Dance Pose (Natarajasana)

  • Stretches shoulders, chest, thighs, groin, and abdomen; strengthens legs/ankles; improves balance

10. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

  • Stretches the chest, neck, and spine; rejuvenates tired legs; stimulates abdominal organs

These are just a few of my favorite poses for stretching tired muscles after an intense workout, but there are many more out there and each provides a unique benefit. For more information and additional poses, check out www.yogajournal.com.

 

 

 

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