We can't overstate the importance of stretching in yoga. Yes, you may think that yoga itself is just a bunch of stretches flowing one right into the other, which is true, but there are certain yoga poses aimed strategically at increasing your flexibility so you can do other yoga poses better.
If you have a partner or spouse who loves you then wrangle them in to doing this extremely relaxing stretching massage. As the name implies, this massage involves another person helping to stretch out your muscles so the tension pent up inside disappears as quickly as a Stephanie Meyer vampire.
This mini class shows you how to correctly perform the backbend in yoga, which helps you restore the natural curves in your spine. It also helps energize you. Always make sure your breathing is slow and measured, and don't overextend your muscles.
With any form of dance, flexibility is key to making sure you don't pull any kind of muscles. There are various ways to help improve your flexibility, and this tutorial will help show you one.
When it comes to yoga, none other than Gumby himself should be your flexi hero. Unlike the rest of us, who suffer from stiff joints, lack of flexibility, and aches in our muscles, Gumby is like a human (or toy?) pretzel, able to contort his way out of any stressful situation.
Increasing flexibility leads to fewer sports injuries and better athletic performance all around. Try exercises for improving flexibility and balance with a fitness instructor in this free fitness video series.
Do a series of yoga poses to increase flexibility with this how to video.
Whether you plan on doing the splits for your hip dance routine or your gymnastics, this tutorial will show kids the best way possible to perform the flexible move. This is a more advanced stretch, involving a great deal of flexibility, but remember— Always warm up muscles before doing the splits, use a spotter when needed, go step-by-step slowly and don't stretch beyond what is comfortable. Flexibility takes consistent work and does not happen in a day, but if you keep at it you will start t...
Wheel pose, also known as Chakrasana is one the most famous poses in yoga. It is well known because it delivers many benefits, ranging from improved strength and flexibility of the back, legs and arms to relief of hormonal imbalances.
There are a plethora of reasons why you should practice yoga, from easier breathing to increased flexibility to clearing your mind. But there's another super important reason you should take up the art of the pretzel-limbed: It helps build strength all throughout your body, which means you'll be less likely to pull a muscle or throw out your back in real life.
Watch this video to learn how to increase your flexibility to improve your cross country skiing techniques and prevent injuries.
In this tutorial, Dina Prioste shows us how to increase our flexibility with yoga. First, sit on the ground with your right leg straight out. Inhale and bring your left ribs toward your right leg. While exhaling, lean down until your arm reaches or foot, or as far as you can comfortably go. It's not a big deal to reach your foot. This will stretch our the hamstrings and the back. Focus on inhaling and breathing into the ribs and relaxing into the stretch while exhaling. Don't worry about wher...
The Saw is a classical pilates exercise that increases the flexibility and strength of the core. Be careful not to turn this into a hamstring stretch. The goal of the exercise is to use the abdominal muscles to rotate the spine, then flex the spine over the leg scooping out the abdominals. If you have tight hip flexors or hamstrings, start sitting on a small cushion so you can begin the exercise in upright alignment. Watch this how to video and you'll be performing the Saw pilates exercise in...
Halasana, the plow pose, is an excellent strengthener of the back and neck. Practicing this pose will keep your spine flexible and healthy. This is an advanced pose, so pay close attention to this video to learn how to do it successfully.
In this free video yoga lesson, you'll learn an exercise to improve your upper back and shoulder mobility. With yoga, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. For more information, and to get started using this yoga exercise yourself, watch this handy home-fitness how-to.
In this free video yoga lesson, you'll learn an exercise to improve your lumbar spine mobility. With yoga, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. For more information, and to get started using this yoga exercise yourself, watch this handy home-fitness how-to.
Are you struggling to reach for that chord or unable to play a riff because your fingers are not flexible enough? then try these finger stretch exercises - they really help!
This swim technique video series from a professional swimming coach hones in on the fine details for developing perfect alignment and stroke to help make you a better, more competitive athlete. The coach demonstrates the proper way to use swimming equipment and how to position your body to condition your swimming performace. This series is particularly helpful in that not only is the coaching beneficial, but the drills, including dryland training, are shown in practice. It's the next best thi...
If you are not naturally flexible, you can learn quickly, but you cannot simply do average stretches and hope to see big results. Diet and nutrition play a very big role in increasing flexibility as well. This yoga tutorial teaches you how to increase your flexibility safely and quickly.
Stiff? Learn how to get flexible quickly and safely using unconventional yoga poses. Flexibility is not hard if you know which poses to practice and how to practice. Many yoga teachers will tell you to take it easy, be safe, and take your time. Yoga can work miracles, but you have to work too.
In this video tutorial, viewers learn a workout routine that will strengthen and improve the flexibility of the hip girdle. This routine contains 12 exercises. The exercises and the amounts of reps for each exercise are: clams (8 reps per leg), lateral leg raises (15 reps per leg), donkey kicks (8 reps per leg), donkey whips (5 reps per leg), fire hydrant (8 reps per leg), knee circle forward (5 reps per leg), backward knee circle (5 reps per leg), forward leg hurdle (5 reps per leg), backwar...
Some of my tips and stretches that helped me do the splits and be more flexible for my pole dancing. And remember flexibility takes TIME.
Katherine and Kimberly Corp show you how to do a thirty minute (30 min) pilates workout to tone your abs, strengthen your core, and improve spinal flexibility. This is ideal for beginners, and advanced practitioners looking for a challenge.
Flexibility is generally defined as the range of motion of the joints. It is the ability to bend and stretch easily without too much effort. Flexibility depends upon various factors like the state of the joints, muscles, length and looseness of muscles, shape of bones, age etc. Some medical conditions like arthritis can affect flexibility.
You may have come across Chloe Bruce in the past, but we're betting it was on the web, because if it were in person, you probably wouldn't be reading this right now. Because in a blink of an eye, she'd have her foot smashed against your face using her world famous Scorpion Kick, a difficult move for any martial artist to perform.
With the help of magician Dan Martin, you'll learn the steps to escape from a straitjacket! Hopefully you won't find yourself in a serious situation where you need to escape from a straitjacket, but if you want to simply impress your friends or put on a magic show, this video is a great tutorial for you.
First off, don't be frustrated. YOU CAN DO IT! Contrary to the message in the image above, it's NOT over. It's just beginning. And when it comes to solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, the old cliche does apply: practice makes perfect.
The cat stretch pose, also known as Marjari Asana, is a pose designed to help improve the flexibility of the neck, shoulders and your spine. This position also gives you intense relief from symptoms such as menstrual cramps and leucorrhea. In this video you will get a quick tutorial on how to perform this pose.
The Pilates Stomach Series is also known as the “fabulous five,” because of the wonderful way the five movements tone the tummy. You will need a mat, floor space, and some flexibility. Pilates tip: If at any time your lower back comes off the mat, bring your legs higher as you extend. If your neck begins to hurt at any point during these exercises, simply lower it to the mat.
Interested in Parkour? Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to perform a sideflip after a cartwheel. The sideflip after a cartwheel requires a technique quite different from the normal sideflip. It requires flexibility, height, lightness, and good air awareness.
The gang from Anaheim Ballet give some great exercise to improve flexibility. You'll be a ballerina in no time!
Want to increase your flexibility, tone your back and core, AND relieve stress all at once? It sounds nothing short of a miracle, but with a good yoga practice you can have all three at the same time.
The sirsha angushtha yogasana sounds pretty simple - it's a bending forward pose - but it's actually among the more intermediate yoga poses you can try. In a sort of lunge position, you clasp your arms behind you and bend forward as much as you can, until your head hits the floor if possible.
Yoga arm binds are part of what make seasoned yogis look like walking pretzels. Arm binds add difficulty to any yoga pose, testing your flexibility and balance. For this reason, many people find it hard to hold a standing pose with an arm bind, let alone get to an arm bind position.
We all know that dancers have to be flexible, but did you know they have to work at it like everyone else? If you would like to increase your flexibility like a ballerina, check out this tutorial. In it, you will learn how to improve your split - this is best suited for someone who can already do a floor split - so that your legs become more and more limber. Follow along with this video for tips and advice on how to keep that stretch going and feel it throughout your whole body, one muscle at...
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a pop tornado free-run trick. The pop tornado is the same as a tornado kick except he pop tornado does not have that extra step. Because there is no step, this move is more difficult to perform. Users should learn how to do the tornado kick before attempting this move. Start with a wide leg stance and turn the body. Then do a hook kick and set the feet down. Now quickly jump as you pull your arms in and spin the body. Lift the knee up. This vide...
In this how to video, you will learn how to become more flexible. This refers to the range of motion you can attain around a joint. This can be useful for keeping your body fit and becoming a better lover. You will also be less prone to injury. You will also get slimmer. The best time to do this is after a workout. Hold each movement for ten to fifteen seconds. Although you may feel a pull in the muscle, do not stretch to the point of pain. Yoga and Pilates is another away to increase flexibi...
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to control fluidity with an intermediate combo. The combo used in this video as a cartwheel to a flash kick. When performing a combo and trying to achieve fluidity, users must have controlled and smooth movements. When you do the cartwheel, land the momentum with one foot over the other. Then as flip back into a flash kick, lift one leg up while the leg on the ground pushes. Users can also perform a back handspring, instead of a flash kick. This video...
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a palm flip. Before attempting to do the palm flip, viewers should first perfect and control a back flip. Instead of using the hands to flip on the floor, users will press the hands against the wall to flip. Begin practicing this technique with a mat or some kind of support that will prevent you from landing on the ground. Users should get used to pushing off the wall and landing on the back. This video will benefit those viewers who are interes...
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a double leg free-run trick. This trick is similar to the side flip, except the side flip needs the legs to be tucked in while the double flip needs the feet to be kept straight. The double leg is at a 90 degree angle in mid-air. Keep your legs together and knees locked. Land on the balls of your feet. Never land on the heels or flat footed. This video will benefit those viewers who are interested in flexibility, aerobics and free-running, and w...