Simple Yoga Pose for Stress Relief and Tight Hamstrings from Decatur Yoga Studio

One simple posture that we use in most every yoga class here at Village Vitality is Ragdoll Pose. This posture is amazing for not only loosening up tight hamstrings, but it also relieves tension and stress in the upper body, shoulders, and neck.

It’s a great way to start fresh in the beginning of your day, or halfway through when you need a quick pick-me-up of energy.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Step your feet hip width apart
  2. Forward fold: bend at your hips and let your arms reach towards the ground
  3. Bend your knees to relieve tension in the low back if necessary
  4. Grab your elbows and relax your head
  5. Let gravity pull your upper body forward as weight shifts into your toes
  6. Breathe here for 5-10 breaths

Feet hip width apart, bend at hips, grab onto elbows, let gravity pull you forward and down. Relax the upper body.

Enjoy this stretch for your hamstrings (back of legs) and tension release in upper body.


Cat Pose Oakhurst Yoga

Easy morning yoga from Oakhurst Decatur studio

At our Decatur studio we get many people asking about easy stretches they can do for their backs while they sit all day. The easiest and one of the most effective postures we use in our Village Flow class is the combination of Cat pose and Cow pose.

Below you can see me demonstrate neutral table top pose, cow pose, and cat pose. If you have never attended a yoga class to understand the proper mechanics of this beautiful practice then please stop our Decatur, GA location nestled in the Oakhurst neighborhood for a chance to see these postures in motion.

Table Top Best Yoga Oakhurst

Neutral, Table Top Pose
Hands under shoulders, knees under hips.


Cow Pose Decatur Oakhurst Yoga

Cow Pose
Tilt sits bones up, drop belly down, look forward.


Cat Pose Oakhurst Yoga

Cat Pose
Tuck the tail bone under hips, round through the shoulders, bring your chin towards your chest.