All the Right Moves: Follow these simple steps to mastering yoga success

By Mackenzie Michael

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Cobra:

There are many benefits when doing the Cobra yoga stretch. By using this technique of stretching, it relieves tension in your shoulders, chest, lower back and abdomen area. It improves flexibility, makes your spine stronger, helps digestion, strengthens your arms and shoulders, and more. It also helps blood circulation and improves your mood.

How to do the Cobra:

  1. Lie down on your stomach with your palms down directly beneath your shoulders.
  2. Lift up your chest above the ground while straightening your arms.
  3. Engage your abdominal muscles and point your feet behind you.

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Downward Dog Pose:

There are many benefits when doing the Downward Dog yoga stretch because it stretches your body out all at once while it’s also strengthens your leg and arm muscles. This stretch also takes a lot of pressure off the heart by helping your blood flow in different directions, and it helps take stress off the heart when it’s pumping blood to the brain. Doing this stretch helps you on an emotional level as well because when you’re causing more blood flow to the brain, so it can ease anxiety and depression.

How to do the Downward Dog Pose:

  1. Start on your hands and knees.
  2. Make sure to stretch out your elbows, and make sure your back is relaxed.
  3. Press your hands firmly into the ground while spreading your fingers apart.
  4. Tuck your toes and pick your knees up off the floor.
  5. Press against the floor and lift up your pelvis.

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Triangle Pose:

The Triangle yoga stretch helps to strengthen your legs, feet, ankles, back, neck and abdominal muscles. It also stretches your hips, calves and spine, and it can help get rid of backache. This stretch can also help relieve stress, anxiety, neck pain and more. It also really opens up the chest and shoulders.

How to do the Triangle Pose:

  1. Stand up straight with your arms at your sides.
  2. Then spread apart your feet.
  3. Then turn one of your feet 90 degrees so it’s pointing straight ahead.
  4. Pivot your foot toward to the left, inwards.

 

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Standing Forward Bend Pose:

This pose stretches you out a lot by stretching your hamstrings, hips, calves, thighs, knees, spine, neck and back. It also has the potential to lower high blood pressure, asthma, headaches, insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue. It also relaxes your mind and nerves.

How to do the Standing Forward Bend Pose:

  1. Stand up straight with your hands on your hips.
  2. Bend forward at the hips while stretching out your torso.
  3. After this you can either place your palms flat on the floor while you’re still bent forward, or you can grab onto your legs with your hands.

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Child Pose:

There are many benefits to doing the Child Pose yoga stretch. By using this technique of stretching, it relieves many tensions and helps to stretch muscles and organs throughout your entire body, making them more flexible. This stretch helps to relieve pain, stress, anxiety and fatigue. It also helps your breathing become more efficient and strong while calming down your body and mind.

How to do the Child Pose:

  1. Get down on your hands and knees.
  2. Make your toes touch, but spread your knees apart.
  3. Sit up while keeping your back, shoulders and head straight.
  4. Bow forward while putting your torso between your legs.
  5. Then extend your arms forward while keeping them straight and on the ground. Have the palm of your hands face down.

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