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Basic Yoga Stretches

Are you looking for a noncompetitive, low impact, stress free way to exercise and improve mind and body fitness? Well, consider practicing yoga. Yoga is a centuries old practice that is enjoying great popularity today. Why? Well, yoga exercises the whole body and mind. It is a great physical fitness program for the young to old. Yoga is the perfect fitness program for anyone interested in improving their general well being. In a previous article we discussed how yoga also helps reduce stress. In this article we take a look at a few quick ways to get started learning basic yoga stretches and Asanas which help one to improve physical health and relax the mind and body. Note: consult health care specialist before starting any exercise program.

Easy Yoga Stretches

Here are a few easy yoga stretches that assist in improving flexibility and relax the muscles in the body. These basic yoga stretches also warm up the body and prepare the body for more advanced movements.

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Neck Movements
This movement stretches the joints in the neck and increases flexibility in the area. People who have problems with neck area should take due caution. Here is how to perform the movement. Sit in a relaxed position. Keep the neck straight. Slowly turn your head to the right as you look over the right shoulder. Next, turn your head to the left as you slowly look over the left shoulder. Repeat the movement several times.

Shoulder Stretches
This movement increases flexibility in the neck muscles and is good for back problems. Stand tall. Legs relaxed. Keep body straight with arms loose by side. Lift the shoulders upwards toward the ears slowly and then back down to the beginning position. Use smooth movements. Repeat the movement several times.

Total Body Stretch
Increases flexibility in the hands, shoulders, and body. Get on a mat and perform exercise lying down on the back. Keep hands a few inches away from the body, legs separated several inches. Lift your hands up and move them toward the head without bending the elbow. Slowly lower hands behind the head with palms facing inward. Stretch hands upward away from head. Stretch toes forward. Hold position for ten to fifteen seconds and relax. Repeat the movement. Then slowly return to the sitting position. This movement is also good for improving the posture.

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