I did dance AND gymnastics growing up, but honestly, I’m as stiff as a board when it comes to flexibility. I can’t even touch my toes. Seriously. Well, maybe I can for just a second but it sends shooting pain from to toes up through my back. Stretching may seem overwhelming, so here are some good basic ones to start with:
1) Triangle Pose.
To do this pose, spread your legs a little further than shoulder width apart. Put one hand on one ankle, and lift the other arm to the sky. (Right hand should go to right ankle, or vice versa). Twist your torso so your chest opens up.
2) Sitting Forward Bend.
This is the one that kills me, but I need it the most! This is one you are probably familiar with—sit on a flat surface, legs outstretched. Try to touch your nose to your knees, and reach your arms out to your toes. Try to keep your spine straight as you do this.