Balance Poses in Yoga

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


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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