Looking for a set of yoga stretches to carry you through every day with a bit more energy, a bit less weariness and a bit less pain? Pulling out your Pranamat ECO and doing these daily stretches on it will do exactly that, leaving you refreshed and ready to face everything the day has to throw at you. Just be sure to work your muscles and feel for excess tension—you don’t want to overdo it if you’re unused to any of these. By using your Pranamat ECO, you will be able to feel the benefits of these stretches more than when using a regular massage mat.
1. Pelvic tilts
A great way to work out tension and pain in your lower back—a place most of us really need a bit of relaxation and relief. These are particularly important if you spend a lot of time sitting at work, home, or anywhere else; take care of your lower back, and you won’t regret it.
2. Downward facing dog
A great whole-body yoga stretch to get your entire body loose, relaxed, and fit. A daily dose of downward facing dog is certain to leave you feeling a little more energetic, a little healthier, and a little happier.
3. Cat-cow stretches
A close cousin of the pelvic tilt, cat-cow stretches will give the rest of your back the attention it deserves. Like pelvic tilts, these stretches are very important for anyone who has a reason to be concerned about the state of their spine and back muscles—which is most of us living modern lives.
4. Standing forward bend
Be careful with this one, but go as deep as you possibly can safely. You work most of your body, stretch a few areas that really need the attention, and give yourself a nice, dynamic motion on top of the simpler movements of these other stretches.
5. Corpse pose
The last specific yoga stretch to consider isn’t much of a stretch, just a great way to relax completely before taking on the day. A few moments of contemplation and relaxation in the corpse pose before you move on from your stretch session is an excellent idea.
6. Whatever feels right
This is far from an exhaustive list, so be sure to listen carefully to what your body has to say. If your feel tense, tight or painful in a particular part of your body, make sure you add in a pose or two certain to give that part of your body the work it needs.