Don’t take life so seriously, nobody gets out alive anyway! Although yoga poses are a type of exercise for your body, they are also much more. So just take a deep breath, loosen up and let me take you through some yoga poses that will keep you in the pink of your health, today and always…
In this pose, you balance on the right leg and right hand with the the left leg lifted parallel to the floor and the left arm extended straight up. In order to age gracefully, we must challenge our balance regularly. When in a balancing pose like this, the brain lights up like fireworks. It good for the brain, the mind and the nervous system.
Begin on your hands and knees, then lower your elbows to the floor, shoulder-distance apart. Interlace fingers, tuck your toes, and press hips up to create a long line between elbows and sitting bones (aka your butt). Slowly squeeze your upper arms inward to work biceps, triceps, and shoulders. Breathe and repeat.
The “Chair Pose” or “Utkatasana” is also known as the “Fierce” or “The Powerful Pose”. The positioning of this asana is just like sitting on a chair except that you need to balance yourself without the use of a chair. Benefits of this pose are: Strengthens the spine, calves, thighs and ankles; stretches the chest and shoulders; stimulates the heart, diaphragm and abdominal organs; helps reduce fat in the body; helps in arthritis and joint pain.
For the lay person, this is a great pose to master for many reasons. The first and most popular reason is that it is a great way to improve the stomach muscles strength and tone. Holding this pose for several deep breaths will help to undo the forward bend we all are dictated by throughout our daily routines. It works the abs, opens the chest to increase lung capacity, stimulates the thyroid (with the position of the
head) to increase metabolism, and strengthens and tones the legs, quadriceps and deep hip flexors.
Our hips store a lot of tension from all sorts of anxieties and stresses. The energy has to go somewhere and often it winds up in our hips. Pigeon is a super-calming pose for the mind and will give you a deep tension release in the hips.
Locust pose is a great way to slowly strengthen your back and prepare you for more challenging backbends. In addition to working the muscles of the spine, locust strengthens the buttocks and the muscles on the back side of the arms and legs. It will also stretch the chest, shoulders and thighs.
It calms the nervous system, and helps reduce anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression; aids digestion; stretches the chest, neck, shoulders, spine and hips; strengthens the thigh and spine muscles.
It is also called the Cobra pose. This is believed to strength en your backs, is good for your heart and also for your arms. First lie down on the floor on your stomach. Stretch out your legs and keep your palms flat on the floor by your chest. Keeping your lower body touched to the ground, raise the upper half as high as you can. Repeat.
It puts a stretch on the whole body and helps you relax. Stand straight with feet together and hands by your side. Raise your body to your toes and while doing this stretch your body taking your arms up. Hold the position for a few seconds and then come back slowly.
Forward bending pose
This aasana stretches the hamstrings and puts pressure on the muscles of the abdomen. It also makes the blood rush to your head, helping your body switch from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you relax.
Seated Twist (Half Fish)
Perhaps one of the best yoga poses for digestion is the classic seated twist. It is simple to do, and you should hold the pose for at least 10-20 seconds. Each time you breathe in, you should twist more in the opposite direction away from your bent knee as pictured. This helps release air in the belly and creates space for the spine. This pose truly massages and detoxes the inner organs and can help move the flow of things along.
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