20 Yoga Moves for Inflexible Moms

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You may have heard about the benefits of yoga and what a great workout it is, but dismissed the thought of it because you're not flexible. But you've gotta start somewhere, right? Just like other fitness activity, there will always be a beginner level with yoga. Check out these poses for yoga newbies or the inflexible!

Child's Pose: A great beginner pose, child's pose is a resting pose that you can hold for a couple minutes. Here's how.

child's pose

Mountain Pose: This basic pose allows for you to stand tall and connect with your breathing. Here's how to do it.

Downward-Facing Dog: This pose is challenging for beginners, but you can increase the distance between your feet for an easier time. Click here to learn how to do it.

Tree Pose: This pose requires you to balance on one leg. It builds your confidence and clears your mind. Click here to see how it's done.


Bridge Pose: This energizing move opens the whole front of the body; the hips, abdomen, and chest will all be flexed. Here's how to do it.

Locust Pose: This pose is perfect for improving posture, and for many of us with weak upper back muscles (largely due to desk jobs) it works the upper back muscles. Click here to learn how to do it.

Warrior 2: Embrace your inner warrior and hold this pose! See it done here.

Thread the Needle: You'll give your hips a great stretch with this accurately-named pose! Click here to see how to do it.


Plank Pose: You thought you'd get away without doing a plank, didn't you? Here's how to do it.

>> Read more: The Ultimate Plank Guide from Skinny Mom

Corpse Pose: Think doing nothing is easy? See how long you can hold this pose! Here's how.

Upper Chest & Back Opener: This is an especially great move if you sit at a desk all day. Click here for more info. (via Greatist)

upper chest back opener

Half Moon Pose: The moon has a rich symbolic significance in yoga mythology. In hatha yoga, for example, the sun and the moon represent the two polar energies of the human body. Embrace your moon energy with this pose. Click here to see it done.

Standing Forward Bend: This stretch will feel amazing in your back and hamstrings! Here's how to do it.

Chest & Shoulder Opener: Again, if you really want to open your chest, try this beginner move. You'll feel it in your shoulders too! Here's how. (via Greatist)

Seated Spinal Twist: This stretch will feel amazing on your back! It's an easy pose that you can do at your desk that yields a great back stretch. Check it out here. (via Greatist)

seated spinal twist
(Photo: Greatist)

Camel: Perfect for hump day, the camel pose will really allow you to stretch our your lower back! Here's how to do it.

Standing Wall Twist: For one last back stretch, try this one out. If your back can stretch any more, this is when you'll find out! Here's how. (via Greatist)

>> Read more: Benefits of Stretching

Half Dog: If the Downward-Facing Dog from earlier was too difficult, this pose will be perfect for you. Check it out from Greatist here.

wall dog
(Photo: Greatist)

Seated Forward Bend Variation: Use a towel or a resistance band to get the most out of this move. Stretch your muscles to their limits! Here's how. (via Greatist)

Cobra Curl: Last but not least, let's finish strong with the cobra! You'll feel it in your back and shoulders, mostly. Here's how to do it.