Stretch!

 

We love handing over the reigns here at Again Faster Lifestyle to a guest blogger every now and then, and when the opportunity to learn about truly beneficial post workout stretching came along, we jumped at the chance!

Local to us here in Nottingham "Stretch Yoga" are going to quite literally stretch us in to shape. As we've mentioned on numerous occasions we realise that whilst you guys are as clued up as you can be on equipment and workouts, the importance of the likes of nutrition and in this case taking proper care of your muscles is imperative. So, without waiting another second it's over to Hannah @ Stretch Yoga!

 

 Post Workout Stretching

I believe yoga is a great way of helping individuals through the challenges of work & day to day life. Not only does it have the obvious physical benefits, but yoga has huge emotional & mental wellbeing benefits too. I aim to stress these benefits throughout the classes & help the individuals to gain a positive awareness about their physical body & their mind. 

Below is a list of asanas (postures) that you can practice after your workout. Each asana benefits different areas of the body and should be held for roughly 30-60 seconds.

 

Cobra Pose/Bhujangasana

Great for – Abdomen

 


Lie on your stomach with your hands under your shoulders, begin to straighten your arms whilst hugging your elbows into the body. Try to keep your hip bones on the floor, relax your shoulders and allow your chest to lift towards the ceiling.

 

 

Lizard Pose/Utthan Pristhasana

Great for – Hips, hip flexors, quads

 


Start in a low lunge position, bring one hand next to the other so that the knee is on the outside of the shoulder. Take your back knee down to the ground and sink your hips down towards the floor. You could either stay on your hands or to take it a little further take your forearms down to the ground. Make sure you switch sides afterwards.

 

 

Upward Plank Pose/Purvottonasana

Great for – Shoulders, chest and front of ankles

 

Sit with your legs out in front, place your hands behind you with your fingers pointing down towards you. Point your toes away from you and begin to lift your hips towards to the ceiling. Without compressing your neck, gently let go of your head.

 

Downward Facing Dog/Adho Mukha Svanasana

Great for – Shoulders, hamstrings and calves

 

 
Start on your hands and knees, with your knees under your hips and your hands a little ahead of your shoulders. Tuck your toes and take your tail bone up to the ceiling, let go of your head and neck, create space around the shoulders. Take the back of the thighs to the wall behind you and let your heels sink down towards the floor (please note that your feet don't have to be flat to the floor). 

 

Find Out More!

Well we hope you all found that useful, we know we're certainly fealing better! If you'd like to find out more about Stretch Yoga visit their website HERE or follow along on Facebook @stretchnottingham