Top 5 the best yoga asanas to improve your flexibility

King Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)

King Dancer Pose can be tricky to master, and perhaps not a great asana to start with if you’re looking for beginners’ yoga poses. However once you’ve mastered the posture you can enjoy valuable flexibility benefits.

Natarajasana is a deep stretch for your whole body, and helps to build suppleness not only in your spine but also in your shoulders and hamstrings. Posture improvements can be seen from practicing the pose regularly, so it’s perfect if you find yourself stuck behind a desk all day.

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Many fitness experts recommend Bridge Pose becoming part of your yoga routine for flexibility, especially if you’re trying to find poses to help with back pain. International yoga teacher Adriene Mishler reitterates how the Bridge Pose is ideal if you’re experimenting with deeper back bend asanas to develop greater movement within your back.

She highlights the pose as a rejuvenating backbend for non-flexible people, but also good for experienced yogis who can enjoy going deeper in to the pose. However if you do find Bridge Pose too challenging, why not consider starting with the supported version.

Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)

Butterfly Pose creates flexibility in the groin and hip region, and helps your body enjoy a deep stretch. In his book The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, passionate yogi Bernie Clark highlights the power of the Butterfly Pose. Clark describes how the pose can be effective in treating urinary problems and even claims that it can make childbirth easier.

Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

It’s suggested that you practice the Seated Forward Bend after every workout, particularly if you’re suffering from tight hamstrings. The pose is thought to create a release within the hamstrings, whilst also working on the back and neck.

Reclining Spinal Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)

Practicing the Reclining Twist has wonderful restorative advantages and is an ideal asana for realigning balance within the body. It’s also another valuable pose if you’re looking for the best yoga for flexibility.