Top Five Yoga Poses to Increase Flexibility

Top Five Yoga Poses to Increase Flexibility

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Scientifically reviewed by: Michael A. Smith, MD

Limber for Life

Talk about longevity: yoga has been around for thousands of years. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, getting on your mat for just 10 minutes a day of mindful stretching can benefit your mind, body and spirit. Say “Namaste” to healthy joints, lean muscle mass, flexibility, mobility, posture and balance with these 5 poses.

pose 1

Cat-Cow Pose

In a flat back tabletop position, hands aligned with shoulders and knees equal distance apart, inhale and let the stomach fall as the head moves up. Exhale and drop the head towards the body as the back curves upward, repeat the motion several times.


pose 2

Warrior I

Standing, step the right foot forward, bending the knee into a lunge. Keep the left leg straight, turning the foot about 45 degrees while swinging the arms forward and up.


pose 3

Downward Dog

Kneeling on the mat, hands and knees shoulder length apart and hands planted firmly down, lift the body up, pushing the hips back and positioning the body into an inverted ‘v’ position. Walk out the feet to deepen the stretch.


pose 4

Cobra Pose

Lying on the stomach, elbows hugged against sides, push upwards on hands to straighten arms and lift chest off the mat.


pose 5

Child’s Pose

Kneeling with toes together and knees apart, lean forward. Drop the forehead and arms out towards the front of the mat.