We have heard about yoga and its remarkable benefits to mental and physical health. Some even report that it can help shake off some pounds by mastering the tricky positions and executing it well.
Yoga has been existing for a long time which is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. This originated in ancient India and now there is a wide variety of schools which cater to this discipline.
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Moving on, there are a lot of yoga positions that are involved in this practice but, let me share with 5 awesome ones which can change your life!
#1 Child’s pose (Balasana)
Start off from a kneeling position then gradually bring your chest down onto your thighs while bringing your forehead to the floor. Make sure that you spread your knees apart. Your arms could be positioned differently though according to your preference. You could just stretch them by your side or stack your hands underneath your forehead.
By inhaling and exhaling slowly, you would feel relaxed as feel your spine curving along with your breath. Beginners can easily do this position and you can stay as long as 1 to 3 minutes.
#2 Downward Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
You need to be on all fours with your palms a little wider than your shoulder width. Tuck your toes with a hip distance apart. Slowly lift the hips into the air. Your chest should move back toward your thighs with your head relaxed and arms straight. Roll the shoulders away from the ears, keep the knees bent and start to walk one heel down at a time. Just keep in mind that you should keep your hips high rather than getting your soles to the ground.
#3 Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
From a standing position, widen your legs to 3 feet apart. Turn the right toes to the right wall, ensuring the heel is aligning with the center arch of the left foot. Take the arms parallel to the ground and reach out to the right side, keeping both legs straight as possible.
Stay for 5 to 10 breaths and repeat on the other side.
#4 Standing Forward Bend Pose (Uttanasana)
Start off from a standing position with feet together, then bend forward from the hip joints and not from your waist.You can let your head hang, with palms placed flat on the floor near the feet. If there is no tension in your back, you could gradually straighten your legs. You can stay in this pose for 30 seconds to a minute.
#5 Cat/ Cow Pose (Bidalasana)
Start with a tabletop position with the wrists directly beneath the shoulders and the knees beneath the hips. Press yours palms unto the mat to ensure your shoulder blades are stretched. While inhaling, you could look up or forward and while exhaling you could tuck your chin towards your chest. This pose gently increases blood flow to the internal organs of the torso, as well as stretching the back. Never do this if you are suffering from neck or wrist injury.
These positions are perfect for your morning routine as they can help you release stress and feel relaxed. If you feel that it’s quite hard to these on your own, you could go ahead a take some sessions at your local yoga school or hire a personal yoga trainer.