I recently created a full-body flexibility routine for beginners, but this one is slightly different. It combines my favorite full-body stretches that are not necessarily for beginners. If you are a beginner, don’t let that stop you. You can always modify the routine to suit your needs. Also, don’t forget to download the accompanying PDF file to target specific areas of your body without going through the whole flexibility routine.
Lastly, check out some of my newer flexibility routines:
- Low Lunge Yoga Variations: 5 Strength and Flexibility Drills
- Yoga for Shoulder Flexibility: Improve Your Posture Fast
- Active Splits Stretching: Refine Your Front Splits
- Yoga Side-Body Stretch for Better Posture and Breathing
- Learning the Splits Over 40: Can Anyone Learn the Splits?
- Inner Hip Opening Yoga to Release Your Tight Hips
Full-Body Flexibility Routine Breakdown
The stretches in this full-body flexibility routine are broken down by body part. However, remember that many stretches don’t target only one body part of the time. That’s the beauty of this routine! In either case, you will often find that you can feel stretches more intensely in some specific areas of your body.
Hold each stretch for 1 to 2 minutes.
My favorite pose for stretching the shoulders is, by far, the puppy pose. You can try many variations by stretching right on the ground or using a wall. Here, I am using yoga blocks and adding some active stretches.
From tabletop, bring your knees together. Walk your fingertips forward to bring your chest to the mat. Open your chest as you bend your back and lift your hips high up.
Many of us are so tight in the hamstrings that we can’t bend far enough to touch our toes. These stretches will help!
Step your right foot forward. Turn your left foot slightly to the left. Bend forward at the waist to bring your hands to the floor or on yoga blocks.
Half Splits With Lunge
The half-split stretch is in most of my flexibility routine. Here, I gave it a twist by adding in a low lunge.
3. Back-Front Body
Beginners often neglect back flexibility. I know I did because I was focusing on my splits. However, back stretches open your front body and make you feel amazing! They are known to increase your energy and confidence.
In the prone position, bring your hands under your armpit and lift your upper body by pressing through your palms. Keep the top of your feet on the mat.
Wheel or Bridge
The wheel is tough! You will love learning to get your wheel if you love a challenge! If you are not ready for the wheel, do a bridge instead.
4. Inner Hips
Stretching your inner hips is essential to get your side splits.
From tabletop, open your knees as far out as you can with your feet pointed out behind you.
Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend
Sit with your legs outstretched in front of you and open them as wide as possible. Bend forward at the hips as far as you can.
5. Side Body
These side-body stretches will also stretch your legs from different angles.
Side Angle Pose
Step your right foot forward and open your left foot slightly to the left. Bend your right knee at a 90-degree angle. Lean your right elbow against your right thigh or bring your right hand on the mat on the left side of your right foot. Stretch your left side by extending your left arm as you gaze up to your left.
Seated Side Stretch
A twist on the wide-angle seated forward fold to stretch your side body.
6. Quads/Hip Flexors
Stretching your quads and hip flexors is essential to get pretty much any yoga asana. It is also an area that tends to require more work to increase your flexibility.
This version of the low lunge stretches your quads, inner hips, and hip flexors. It’s the perfect multipurpose stretch!
From downward facing dog, bring your right knee at the back of your right wrist as you bend your right leg while keeping the back left leg straight on the mat. Take your right foot either near your left hip or your left wrist.