This Yoga Flow Makes Even the Most Unbendy People More Flexible – Health News Today




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One of the most common misconceptions about yoga is that you have to be incredibly flexibility to enjoy it. And, yes, that’s due in part to all the bendy poses yogis post on Instagram. In reality, you definitely don’t have to be able to touch your toes in order to reap the benefits of yoga. Although, after doing this flow over and over again, there’s a good chance you’ll be touching them anyway.

In the latest episode of Good MovesTraci Copeland, a yoga instructor and Nike Master Trainer, offers a quick yoga flow for flexibility. “We’re going to loosen, we’re going to lengthen, and we’re going to get rid of all that existing tension,” she says. Some of the poses look a little scary if you’re super inflexible (like the splits, for instance!), but this flow isn’t about going full-out and trying to reach level 10 yogi status right this second. No matter where you’re at in your practice, it will help you feel more comfortable and confident with time.

“Listen to your body,” says Copeland. “Yoga isn’t about forcing your way through anything. You just want to breathe you way into the shape of that pose.”

Even little things like focusing on lifting your leg a little higher will have you well on your way to being more flexible. And who knows—after a while, this yoga flow for flexibility could have you busting out sirsa padasana at the front of your class. A girl can dream, right?

Watch the video above.

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a woman jumping up in the air: Joan MacDonald is a 74-year-old fitness influencer with over 772,000 Instagram followers.Her daughter and coach, Michelle MacDonald, provided Insider with Joan's typical weekly workout. Though I thought I was in pretty good shape before starting the week's workout, I realized there were muscles I hadn't been using in my own workouts before.MacDonald's workout is more intense than I am used to, but I am going to incorporate elements of it into my own daily workout routine.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.Joan MacDonald became a fitness influencer after she used workouts devised by her daughter and lost over 60 pounds. The 74-year-old started an Instagram account to track her progress and has gained hundreds of thousands of followers.After seeing her incredible progress, I was interested in what type of workouts she did daily to maintain such an impressive physique. I wondered if I would be able to do the workouts, and how challenging they might be.MacDonald's daughter has a fitness account of her own, @yourhealthyhedonista, which has over 127,000 followers. She provided Insider with a week's workout that would match her mother's normal routine.The workout routine involved lower, upper, and total body workouts, and I could do almost all of the exercises with just a yoga mat and weights. It was entirely different from my normal workout routine, which involves walking or jogging 3 to 4 miles a day and doing crunches and squats.Take a look at what it was like trying a 74-year-old fitness influencer's daily workout routine for a week.Read the original article on Insider

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