6 Simple Yoga Stretches That Melt Away Muscle Tension


Get on your hands and knees. Tuck your tailbone under, chin towards your chest, and round your back as you inhale. Exhale, back flatten or slightly arch, head up. One breath cycle—repeat four to six times.

Cow Pose

Get on your hands and knees. Settle back on your heels. Advance your hands, lower your chest. Chin tucked, head to floor. Take several deep breathes.

Child's Pose 

Stand with feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent (don't lock knees). Relax your arms along your body and softly bend forward at the hips as far as comfortable—don't force your fingertips to the floor. 

Rag Doll Pose 

Get on your hands and knees. Make an upside-down triangle with your toes beneath and knees off the floor, extending your arms and legs. Let your heels down to the floor, shoulders away from your ears, and head down if possible.

Downward Facing Dog 

Place your feet hip-width apart. Breathe in and extend both arms overhead. Exhale and bend and lower your elbows to the floor while arching back to stretch your front body and hip flexors. (You can also hold the small backward bend with straight arms.)

Modified Standing Back Bend 

Get on your hands and knees. Bring your right leg forward and place your right knee, shin, and foot at a right angle in front of you. With your left knee and foot looking down, straighten your left leg behind you. Make sure both hips are looking forward and flat to the floor. 

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