Cardio, weights and core workouts … oh my! When it comes to exercising these three areas seem to be constant on everyone’s mind. Running, bench presses, and crunches, however, aren’t the only elements to a good workout.
Stretching is an essential part to working out not just to prevent injury and relieve pain, but to increase your range of motion, improve circulation and relieve stress.
For your next workout add these three stretches and watch your body stretch to new heights.
Please find another image for downward facing dog. The model is making a pretty standard error that folks new to yoga do–sacrificing a long spine from neck through tailbone (which makes for a long line from hands to tailbone) in order to have straight legs and feet flat on the mat. Your instructions are correct in that they point out that there might be a slight bend to the knees, but they don’t explain that this should be done if needed to keep a log spine, and that while the heels *reach* for the mat, they may never get there.