Although it’s an ancient art but in recent times, yoga has become the go-to mantra to cure any illness or injuries. Doctors and physicians are encouraging more people to perform yoga to strengthen their body muscles. It is not only the perfect way to stay fit and healthy, it also provides a mental peace which is found to be lacking in this current world.
Then what are you waiting for? Start your yoga sessions with these 5 common poses and you will notice how much your body has been benefited from it.
The Mountain pose or more commonly known as Tad asana is simplest of the yoga poses and helps in getting your balance right, directing your attention to the present and increases height.
The Technique: Stick your feet together while standing. Interlock your fingers facing away from you and lift your hands over your head. Your thighs need to be lifted too. Make sure that you elongate your spine while breathing easily the whole time. This might sound a banal exercise but this is a starting pose in most yoga sessions.
This pose is another simple pose which is incorporated in every yoga class. This pose puts your body and mind at peace and gives it the ability to soak in all the benefits of the session.
The Technique: Lie down on the mat with your face up. Create some distance between your legs and spread out your feet. Now with your arms by your side and facing the roof, calm your body and mind down, shut your eyes and take in few deep breaths. Simple, isn’t it?
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Also, known as the bridge pose, this helps in stretching your neck and spine with great ease. This pose is also known to calm your mind while reducing your anxiety and stress levels. It also known to help in improving your digestion.
The Technique: Lie on the mat with your knees bent and your feet touching the mat and the hands by your side. Also make sure your feet are well aligned and distant from each other.
Now with your feet underneath your knees and your arms straight and grounded, lift up your hips and midsection off the floor. Shimmy your shoulders under your chest and interlace your fingers. Still troubled? See video below.
Urdhva Mukha Svansana
Although not one of the tougher poses and often used by instructors in their classes this pose helps in opening up your chest and shoulders while stretching your abdominals and hip flexors.
How to perform it: Lie on the mat facing the floor. With your elbows in a half push up pose, keep your hands close to your ribs. Stretch yourself out and upward till your arms straighten and lower back arches out. Hold position for a few seconds and return to normal pose.
Side planks are said to build your muscles of the shoulder, back and abdominal and further improves stability which could prove to be useful for those looking to better their arm strength and stability.
The Technique: Begin as you would for a downward dog. Now keep your right leg on top of your left and your left hand grounded and stretched. Now open up your body and raise the other hand upwards (like in the image below).