5 Easy Yoga Poses Everyone Should Do Every Day

Boost your flexibility and ward off chronic aches with these easy, everyday yoga poses from The Exercise Cure!

February 19, 2014

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Poor flexibility can lead to all manner of chronic aches and pains, whether its low-back pain caused by tight hip flexors (which you get from sitting all day!) or neck pain caused by tight back muscles (also a consequence of poor posture and sitting all day!). When muscles get tight, writes Jordan Metzl, MD, author of the bestselling book The Exercise Cure, other muscles have to work overtime to compensate, and that can make even the most basic tasks, like walking and driving, painful.

The solution? Daily stretching! It keeps all your muscles in balance, he says, preventing them from getting too tight.

Try the following five poses every day as a way to destress and focus your energy, or as part of your regular workouts. For best results, hold each asana, or pose, for 30 seconds to 1 minute, breathing deeply and slowly through your nose. Breathing is key. If you are unable to perform the pose as described without undue discomfort, back off a bit (reaching for your shins rather than the feet on the forward bend, for example).

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