Deepen your practice and experience of yoga by enhancing your flexibility. Master yogi, Krishan Verma shows you how with eight tips (plus a secret!) to integrate into your daily life and practice.
Don’t sit on soft surfaces such as a sofa or bed for prolonged periods of time. This is one of the main reasons for weak buttocks and tight hamstrings, and also for pain in the hips and back.
Identify the postures in which you are relatively more stiff. Repeat each posture three times with the holding times of 20, 30, and 45 seconds. Do the posture 2–3 times a day.
Learn to relax more in the posture. Be happy with the small progress you make instead of always struggling to reach somewhere and feeling frustrated and disappointed. Struggling stiffens the body more.
Make movements with all joints, 2–3 times a day.
After doing any repetitive movement such as walking, running, swimming, etc., be sure to follow with appropriate stretching exercises. Prolonged repetitive movements, including weight training, tighten the muscles.
Your diet affects the quality of your muscles. Your muscle cells become sluggish with an unhealthy and heavy diet.
Here is a secret move: Once you have reached your limit in a posture, relax the whole body, then tense your whole body for five seconds, relax again, and while remaining relaxed go further in the posture. Repeat this 2–3 times.
Make an effort to improve your flexibility but don’t make it a goal. You don’t need to be super flexible to become healthier.
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