Do you think that you’re not flexible enough to do yoga? That twisting yourself into a pretzel is bound to be painful? Not so! In fact, gentle yoga poses can help stretch and strengthen muscles to help relieve pain and improve range of motion. Check out these soothing poses from Eva Redpath to help manage pain and feel great too. Namaste!
Anjaneyasana is a dynamic standing yoga pose that utilizes and integrates the muscles in both the lower and upper body, building strength, cultivating stability and balance. This beautiful pose increases energy and counters fatigue!
- Stretches quads, hips and glute muscles
- Releases tension in the lower back
- Strengthens the muscles in the arms
Downward Facing Dog
Adho Mukha Svanasana is one of the most widely recognized poses in yoga. Downward Dog helps to relieve stiffness in the back and between the shoulder blades, and also provides sense of calm.
- Stretches the hamstrings and calves
- Reverses the forces of gravity that normally weigh on your spine
- Strengthens the deep abdominal muscles which supports low back posture
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is an amazingly versatile backbend that you can practice in a variety of ways, suiting your comfort level. Can be practiced as a dynamic or restorative pose (with supports).
- Stretches the chest, neck, spine and hips
- Strengthens lower back, glutes and quads
- Increases spinal alignment and flexibility
Balasana is a resting, restorative pose that is very accessible to even the most novice yogi!
- Stretches hips and legs
- Helps align the spine, takes pressure and releases tension from the lower back
- Calms the mind and relieves stress
Also known as Ardha Matsyendrasana, or “Half Lord of the Fishes Pose”. This pose can be suited to the intensity that the flexibility of the spine allows. Ensure that the pelvis remains level to the ground and the lower spine remains drawn in – alignment is more important than the look of the pose to reap the benefits!
- Stretches the shoulders, hips and neck
- Energizes the spine
- Bring flexibility to the entire spinal column
Thread the Needle
This supine (lying-down) pose is excellent for releasing lower back pain and tension in the hips – a gentle variation to the more intense Pigeon Pose.
- Stretches the hips, outer thighs, lower back and spine
- Twisting motions detoxifies and aids digestion
- Increases relaxation
Eva Redpath, is a certified Group Fitness Expert, creator of Body Conditioning by Dancers, business owner, educator and spokesperson. She is one of Canada’s leading fitness trainers, empowering women to achieve their ultimate best, regardless of their size, shape or situation in life. Learn more about Eva’s programs and work at evaredpath.com