A More Flexible You in 5 Minutes--yoga stretching

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[h=2]Triangle[/h] Stretches hamstrings and muscles that support spine, boosts mobility in shoulders

Step feet 5 feet apart, turn left foot out, right foot slightly in. Inhale, raise arms parallel to floor. Exhale, hinge at left hip, rotate so left torso comes down over left leg; rest left hand on lower leg and reach right hand straight up from shoulder. Hold, return to start, repeat on other side.
 

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[h=2]Wide-leg standing twist[/h] Stretches hamstrings, increases spine flexibility, improves mobility in shoulders

Step feet a bit closer, feet parallel. With spine long, exhale; fold forward from hips, bring hands to floor; hold. Inhale, twist torso left, reach left hand straight up; hold. Exhale, return to center; inhale, repeat on right. Exhale, return to center; inhale, return to standing.
 

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[h=2]Locust[/h]
Increases spine flexibility, strengthens back muscles, opens shoulders, stimulates central nervous system

Lie face down with forehead on floor, legs straight, arms by sides, palms up. Inhale, lifting head, upper body, arms, and legs off floor; stretch legs and arms back, keeping gaze on floor. Hold, then slowly lower back down.
 

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[h=2]Folded forward bend[/h] Calms nervous system, stretches hamstrings and back muscles

Sit on the edge of a folded blanket, legs straight and together in front of you, arms by sides. Keeping spine long, exhale and fold forward over legs, stretching arms forward to hold sides of feet or calves; hold, then inhale and slowly lift back up to sitting.
 

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