Stretching after working out is super important. It can help prevent injury and muscle soreness. However, sometimes it’s just plain boring to stand and stretch. So, I created this post workout cool down yoga that you can do anywhere.
This class is all standing, so no real need for a mat. In addition, you can do it in sneakers or barefoot. However, the one condition I have is that you don’t rush through the holds. Because stretches need to be held for a minimum of 20s to be remotely effective.
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12 min post workout cool down yoga
Begin this cool down yoga routine with 3 grounding breaths. This will help your mind slow down and center. Soften the knees and step back into Warrior 1. This is a stretch for the calves.
From Warrior 1, lengthen the front leg and fold over for Pyramid pose. Resting the hands on the thigh, shin, blocks, or floor. This pose can be intense for the front hamstrings and the back calf. Only go as far as is comfortable.
Passing back through Warrior 1, come to standing on one leg with the back leg lifted behind you. Then bend the knee and send the foot towards the bum. This is a variation on dancers pose and great for quad and hip flexor.
Then after repeating all of those poses on the other side, step the feet wide for padottanasana. That is a wide leg forward fold that’s great for stretching the inner thighs and the lower back.
From here we add on padottanasana with rotation, for more inner thighs, and into the obliques. To lengthen the upper body we begin with overhead prayer for stretching both triceps.
The last poses combine a stretch for chest, shoulders and abs. End the practice with 3 centering breaths.
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- Do you stretch after your workouts?
- Is there a muscle you need more stretches for?
- How long do you hold your stretches for?