These are our four favorite yoga poses for warming up and increasing flexibility:
- Cat and Cow Pose: Start in a tabletop position with wrists below shoulders and knees below hips. Inhale and look up and arch your back. Exhale, rounding the back. Move through the poses until you feel warm.
- Intense Side Stretch: Stand straight with your legs more than hip-width apart. Close your arms behind your back. Lean forward to try and touch your left knee with your head. Return to standing. Do the same on the other side. For a modification, hold your arms straight and touch your left and right foot.
- Plough Pose: Lie on your back with your arms flat on the ground close to your body. Lift your legs and bring your feet past your head. Lift your back and move your feet further from your head.
- Hands to Feet: Stand straight with your arms above your head. Bend forward and reach for your toes. If you can, bend until your abdomen touches your legs. Take deep breaths.