In the last issue we talked about the common types of yoga and their
benefits. In this issue we are going to talk about the practice of good
yoga posture and poses.
Yoga helps promote good balance by elongating, and aligning your
spine as well as the muscles in your back. It also strengthens other
parts of your body, including your abdominal muscles, which helps
guard you back from injury. Good yoga posture teaches every part of
your body to bear its own weight as an alternative of relying on other
muscles to carry the load.
Yoga poses function and perform differently. Each pose is designed to
develop one’s flexibility and strength. Here are some common yoga
poses that you can practice:
- Standing Poses
Standing is one of the important yoga poses. This type of pose is
helpful in aligning your body and your feet. This is also very useful in
improving and maintaining a good posture. It is an advantage because
if you have a bad posture, your backbones can be stretched and
straightened without noticing it. Standing poses helps in giving strength
to your legs and at the same time increase elasticity in your legs and
hips because they are all connected to each other.
- Seated poses
These types of yoga poses increase your lower back and hip’s
flexibility. This also strengthens your back. This adds suppleness to
your knees, groin, ankle and most especially your spine. Another
advantage is that it helps you to breathe in deep which gives you that
calm and peaceful feeling.
- Forward Bends
This type helps you in stretching the hamstrings and your lower back
also strengthening it. This lessens the tension found in your neck,
shoulder, back and increase flexibility in your spine. Calmness is also
achieved in this type of pose.
- Back bends
These are amazingly helpful in opening your chest, hips and even
the rib cage. This is helpful in strengthening and making your arms
shoulders stronger. At the same time, it simultaneously increases your
flexibility and elasticity in your shoulders. The great thing is that it helps
to relieve the tension from the front of your body up to your hips and it
increases your spinal ability. Your spinal cord is one thing that is
important in your body so you need to take good care of it.
Balance poses are very challenging because they require leg strength
and upper body flexibility in addition to the ability to balance on one leg.
The real challenge comes as you move from pose to pose while
keeping one leg lifted off the floor the entire time. Tough but worth it!
By practicing these basic poses on a regular basis it will help you build
strength, flexibility and stamina. Don't worry if you can't perform them
correctly at first, just keep trying and as your strength increases you will
be available to perform them more easily.
Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about
some of the different types of yoga equipment and what it can do for
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