While we’ve talked about the benefits of walking and healthy eating in previous posts, we have yet to talk about another form of exercise that’s pretty popular these days. Which exercise is that, you ask? Yoga! As many may know, yoga brings harmony between the heart and soul. The benefit to yoga is that it is not as hard as work outs that we do in gyms. Yoga is very simple. It is stretching slowly and syncing your breathing. Yoga has a solution for all aspects of daily life. Here some Asanaas (body postures) which if done every day can produce great impact on life. There is always a difference between a person who does yoga and who does not. Yoga brings lightness in soul and body.
Here are few Asanaas if done every day that can bring a good change in your life.
The Bridge yoga pose is a great front hip joints opener; it also strengthens your spine, opens the chest, and improves your spinal flexibility in addition to stimulating your thyroid.
- Helps alleviate stress and mild depression
- Stimulates the lungs, thyroid glands, and abdominal organs
- Improves digestion
- Strengthens the back, buttocks, and hamstrings
- Helps relieve symptoms of menopause
- Calms the brain and central nervous system
- Reduces backache and headache
- Rejuvenates tired legs
- Relieves symptoms of asthma and high blood pressure
- Stretches the chest, neck, spine, and hips
- Improves circulation of blood. Helps to prevent arterial blockages or cardiac arrest by resting the heart muscles and increasing blood circulation to the arteries.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
The Downward Dog yoga pose lengthens and decompresses the spine, stretches the hamstrings, strengthens your arms, flushes your brain with fresh oxygen and calms your mind.
- With regular practice, you can also get rid of flat feet
- Can help with lower back ailments like sciatica.
- Lengthens the spine, strengthens the muscles of the chest increasing lung capacity.
- It rejuvenates and body and makes you feel energized.
The Child Pose is a resting pose useful to relieve neck, back and hip strain. While in the posture, you should have slow regulated breaths, extended arms, resting hips and your forehead should be touching the mat. You can always return to this pose as at it is one of the most restorative and calming pose.
- Stretches the shoulders and ankles
- Strengthens the ligaments in the knees
- It energizes the body
- It helps fight insomnia
The Easy Pose may seem to be an easy pose, but it has many benefits for the body. For example, it is a hip opener, it is calming, and it eases the menstrual pain for women in addition to lowering anxiety. While doing the posture make sure your spine is straightened to get the most beneficial effect.
- Opens the ankles
- Lengthens the back muscles and spine
- Stretches the external aspect of the knees
The Four Limbed Staff yoga pose strengthens your arms, wrists and abdomen. It is also a good preparation pose for more challenging arm balancing poses.
- It makes your wrists strong and more flexible
- Muscles are built in your back, shoulders, and arms.
- Your core muscles are stretched and toned.
- It is a great warm-up pose for arm balances and inversions.
Keep in mind that as you are going through these yoga poses, it is important that you watch your breathing, posture, and stretch slowly. If needed, we also recommend using ankle braces, knee braces, and elbow braces to help you remain stable as you learn go through these poses. Happy exercising!