If you’re body is as flexible as your day—not at all—the following yoga poses will ensure a good stretch to several large muscle groups (i.e., like the hamstrings, back, legs, and hips) while strengthening the legs and core.
Incorporate these ten multi-muscle yoga poses into days when you have limited time…
1. Bound Angle
Bound angle pose (or Baddha Konasana) accomplishes a lot more than meets the eye. In addition to providing a deep stretch to the areas of the groin and inner thighs, this pose strengthens the knees, soothes menstrual and sciatic pain, and stimulates circulation (heart), abdominal organs, ovary and prostate function.
Baddha Konasana destroys disease and gets rid of fatigue. To perform bound angle pose:
- Sit on the floor with your legs extended straight out in front.
- Bend your knees, (as if sitting cross legged), but bring the soles of your feet together.
- You knees may or may not touch the ground.
- Sit up straight, shining your chest upward and hinge forward from the hips as you exhale, brining your chest towards your feet.
- Try not to round down with your spine as you sit comfortably with your hands on your feet or palms flat on the ground in front of your feet.