PBS host Stephanie Mansour, of "Step It Up With Steph," shares five yoga poses that can be modified to reach your level of flexibility.

How to modify popular yoga poses if you're super inflexible

Updated 0716 GMT (1516 HKT) January 17, 2021

(CNN)Contrary to popular belief, yoga isn't just for the super flexible. However, trying to complete moves that are out of your comfort zone can be frustrating. There are plenty of people who suffer from this same feeling of discouragement, so you're not alone. That's why it's important to explore the alternatives to difficult poses and remember that there are always ways to modify yoga poses to develop your flexibility.

Flexibility is essential in our everyday lives. Whether it's bending down to grab something we dropped or stretching out our arms to reach another object, we all need a certain level of flexibility. It doesn't always come naturally, though. Flexibility has to do with age, joints, body size and a range of other factors. Some of the main predictors of flexibility are out of our control. Still, there are ways to improve.
Yoga increases flexibility and balance over time, research has shown. I've compiled a list of five yoga poses that can be modified to reach your level of flexibility. Everyone's body is different, so don't feel bad about taking advantage of modifications that help you feel comfortable. These moves will help you start feeling looser and more relaxed. You might even discover a new love for yoga!
For each pose, breathe in and out slowly through your nose.
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Downward-facing dog

This pose will stretch your hamstrings, calves, shoulders and the entire back of your body.
To begin, start with your hands and knees on the mat. Keep your hands on the mat at shoulder width apart. Walk your knees back a few inches behind your hips. Then tuck your toes under and lift your hips up into the downward-facing pose.