Yoga poses (and stretches) are listed alphabetically below.
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Stretches for your your inner thighs
Backbending at the Hips, Lumbar and/or Thoracic Spine
Try relaxing your shoulder until you straighten your leg.
Use your shoulders to push your ribcage backwards and upwards.
The hard part is getting binding arms and legs. So you may find it helps to practice them separately.
Try picking a balance point just in-front of your elbows (towards the hands).
This hip stretch targets the glutes. Note the position of the shoulder relative to the foot.
Focus on feeling your foot to help stay balanced.
Try stabilizing both knees while pulling your chest towards your thigh.
One way to work towards kneeling on both knees is to practice one leg at a time.
One option for locust pose is to lift the legs first (activate the knees), then lift the torso.
To get your feet off of the floor shift your weight forwards.
The first step after exhaling all of your air is to pull your ribcage up, away from your pelvis.
To lift the hip focus on pressing down with the front knee.
For reclining quad stretches you may find it helps to press the bottom foot into the floor.
Try activating the front and back of the thighs before lifting the hips.
Practice shoulder activation by doing this pose with knees bent first.
Use this as a preparation (or substitute) for tree pose.
Legs strong, press feet down, pull hips forwards.
Learn to use your legs to push your hips up.
Interested in learning how to feel and control your leg muscles?
Sensational Leg Anatomy includes a series of videos teaching simple muscle control exercises. The whole series teaches you to feel and control the major muscles of the legs from the hip bones down to the toes.
You can also get it as part of the Muscle Control Package(Learn to Feel Your Body)
Muscle control not only helps you to control your body, it also helps you to feel it making it easier to balance, improve flexibility and deal with pain and poor posture.
The dance of shiva is handy if you are interested in improving upper body balance and coordination.