My top 3 stretches to relax
It’s no secret, I love stretching I’m no gymnast, but I stretch to relax and recover from exercise.
So I thought I’d share with you my three favourite stretches that I find super relaxing and also revitalising! There is just something about a good stretch, and if you don't have time to do an entire magical yoga flow each morning it's a great idea to pick a few that you love to leave you feeling amazing and ready to take on the day ahead or relax after a long day at work, so why not try my favourite!
- Sitting, side bend.
Sit with legs crossed (or straight and apart if you prefer) and arms resting comfortably. Close your eyes, take a deep breathe in and raise your arms slowly until your hands are pointing towards the ceiling. Take a long slow deep breathe out as your lower one arm towards the ground and reach the other arm over your head, stretching up along your side and underarm. Try and keep both butt cheeks pressing into the ground.
Hold here for a few breathes. Try to deepen the stretch with each exhale.
Inhale and take both hands up towards the ceiling again. On the next exhale take your arms to the opposite side.
Repeat as many times as you would like!
2. Twisted back
Lie on your side, with fingers interlocked and placed behind your head. Bend both knees, keeping them together. Inhale and gently swing your top elbow towards the ceiling. Exhale and continue rotating it away from where you are facing. Try to keep your hips facing forwards. Take a deep breathe in and out here, feeling that deep stretch through you back. Inhale and point the upper elbow towards the ceiling again, exhale return it to pointing forwards.
Repeat 2-3 times on each side
Kneel on the ground softly. Lean your weight forward into your hands and slightly open your knees. Walk your hands out in front of you and lower towards the ground. Keep your hips towards your heels and stretch your hands out in front of you. Hold here for a few deep breathes.
Slowly walk your hands to one side, as far as is comfortable while still stretching long. Hold here for a few breathes, walk your hands back to centre stretching out in front and then walk to the other side and hold for a few breathes.
Return to Centre and hold for a few more breathes.
A sneaky little variation on this is sitting cross legged, sitting tall, shoulders away from your ears and reach long in front of you, stretching your arms forward. Keep your butt grounded to the floor.
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