The Best Yoga Poses For Men Who Have No Flexibility

Forget my toes. I’d be content if I could touch the tops of my shins

Assuming you’re a man and haven’t taken an interest in yoga because you hope it will teach you how to spit flames and extend your limbs 20 feet outward in time for the next World Warrior tournament organized by Shadaloo, your preoccupation with yoga is probably linked to its undeniable flexibility benefits. After all, men are naturally less flexible than women on average, and if the eyeball test didn’t give you enough evidence of that fact, there’s more … than sufficient studies which also confirm this conclusion.

Look, you can stop there: I get it. I’m really an inflexible guy who can’t even touch his toes. Are there any specific yoga poses that can help me with this?

Sure. In fact, you can probably select beneficial yoga poses that will barely register in your brain that you are doing yoga. The child pose is a basic and calming pose that will allow you to relax the muscles of your lower back and hips. It can be done from a very relaxed position on the floor, and it requires no superhuman flexibility.

Likewise, the hero stance can be done while resting comfortably on your knees. It allows you to sit up straight and stretch your quadriceps and ankle muscles. You can then switch to another variation of sitting position and do the Cobbler posewhich stretches the inner thighs and groin.

That’s cool, but what can I do while standing?

The Front fold is a great way to stretch your hamstrings and calves. For most guys, this will approximate the best possible result of the standard toe-touching routine you hated doing in high school gym class. If you can’t complete the Forward Fold and need to get there gradually, the Front half fold is a perfectly acceptable substitute that will provide you with adequate lower body stretch and also help relieve spinal compression.

Another beneficial standing position that you can perform when your feet are shoulder-width apart is the Pose of the chair. Although this position requires work to stabilize your lower limbs, it doubles as a stretch for your chest and shoulders. From here, if you extend your foot in front of your body, you can do both warrior poses, back to back. warrior one stretches the quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, chest and shoulder muscles, and warrior two stretches the shoulders more while placing more emphasis on stretching the hip adductors.

It’s good. Where do I go from here?

If you’re ready to hit the ground in a non-sitting position, you can complete this list of undemanding but helpful yoga poses well. Downward facing dog had a lot of fun with its name and positioning, so there’s no need to go over all of that here. But what should matter to you is how this pose further stretches your shoulders, hamstrings, and calves. Immediately afterwards, feel free to get on all fours and perform the cat-cow posture, which is a relaxing stretch for your spine and shoulders. Finally, you can finish on your back, turning around to initiate the bridge posewhich stretches the flexors of the chest, neck and hips.

I know what the yoga-trained people among you think: this is a garbage yoga sequence that makes no sense to schedule a yoga routine. Hit. I am not a yogi. But I’m the rare male who can touch his toes.