Increasing flexibility goes hand in hand with enhancing your range of motion and improving the overall health of your joints, which in turn will work towards eliminating back and shoulder pain.

Improving your flexibility will also help you get more out of your workouts. In fact, flexibility is a core component to proper physical fitness because it plays a major role in your ability to increase range of motion and being able to complete a high-intensity workout routine effectively.

The key is to start off slow and steady. Instead of rushing into advanced poses that you may not be ready for, you’ll want to start off with a series of simple poses that supports muscle-building while helping you learn correct posture and safe alignment during your routine.

Here’s a yoga pose to help you get started:

Eye of the Needle

This is a great pose for stretching out your hips and building your flexibility in a smooth and gentle way. 

Step 1:  Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet flat on the floor.

Step 2:  Next, place your right ankle on top of your left thigh while opening your right knee.

Step 3:  Lift your left foot from the floor slowing and start to bring your left thigh towards your chest.

Step 4:  Reach your right hand through the space between your legs in order to clasp your hands around the back of your left thigh.

Step 5: Bring your left knee towards your chest as close as you feel comfortable with.

Step 6: After 5-6 breaths, switch legs and repeat.

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