Favorite 5: Basic Stretches/Yoga Moves

Hello beautiful people, I hope the day is treating you well.

When I started lifting weights in 2014, I got soo addicted and excited with my workouts that I consciously skipped on something very important: stretching.

I was doing really fine skipping them (or so I thought) until I realized that the soreness I experience afterwards were not normal anymore: I experienced Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or simply put, DOMS. Of course,Β I didn’t know about this until IΒ studied fitness training and pursued my certification.

My DOMS got so bad that it eventually lead to over-training and I had to take a complete break from working out to get myself rejuvenated. It did not feel good missing my workouts and that’s when I started appreciating the simple act of stretching.

Stretching is most vital after working out as it assists muscle recovery and growth after your exercise. That isn’t the only benefits to stretching, however. It also increases your range of motion (flexibility), supports proper blood flow, provides energy, and reduces stress! Because of these, I am now greatly appreciative of stretches and even started practicing yoga πŸ™‚ (I used to dislike it as I found it too slow paced for me)

My love for stretching has given me a new hobby and more goals to achieve. It has given my workouts spice and added excitement! With that said, I am very happy to share my favorite stretches/ basic yoga moves.

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  • Cobra – This stretch feels so good on the spine and gives me life each time I perform it. I especially love doing these in the morning and makes me feel revitalized right away.
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  • Downward Dog – This is an incredible full body stretch. It works your hips, legs, shoulders, arms, and back!
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  • Dancer’s Pose – This stretch reminds me of my dancing days and makes me feel so gorgeous and graceful. It is a wonderful hip opener and works your thigh muscles and flexibility!
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  • Mountain – Another very invigorating stretch. I just feel so posistive andΒ full of energy when I do these.
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  • Half Moon – In addion to my great adorment for la Luna, I enjoy this stretch because it truly works my legs and my sides.
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I hope you guys enjoyed my post. I truly appreciate the support I get in doing this. What does stretching mean in your life and how often do you do it? Which one is your favorite from the list and what stretches that aren’t here do you perform on a regular? Let’s discuss below πŸ™‚

40 thoughts on “Favorite 5: Basic Stretches/Yoga Moves

  1. It’s been a while since have stretched, I used to do yoga but stopped for no good reason… you’re inspiring me to continue.. you look great!!
    The cobra is my favorite, I love the feel and release of stress.
    Great post as usual.
    Xo

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  2. I’ve recently stopped stretching after workouts not sure why just slips my mind usually really should start again because the next day, or day after that soreness is intense, thanks for some new stretches to try out πŸ™‚

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  3. I don’t think people really understand that there are steps to working out and they can’t just one day be strong. They need to train and build up slowly. Working out is humvli g if you ask me.

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  4. I hear this often and it is so true we all seem to forget stretching is so important! You are motivating me to go stretch right now. Oh and I love your yoga outfit, where did you get it?

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  5. Yoga helps in maintaining a balanced metabolism and have huge number of health benefits to follow. These are some simple and basic steps that could be so easy to practice and do regularly. Thanks for sharing them with pictures in detail!

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  6. It’s awesome to be able to learn new things everyday! Stretching is important, indeed. But I didn’t think that stretching after a workout would be just as vital as stretching before.

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  7. I considered to do yoga for a while, but because I couldn’t find any yoga classes I eventually got “stuck” on Tai Chi. However those poses seem simple enough to try out on my own.

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