Last time, we talked about the different styles of yoga. Today, we are going to talk about the practice of good yoga posture and poses. Yoga helps to promote good balance by elongating and aligning your spine as well as strengthening the muscles in your back. It also strengthens other parts of your body too, 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 instead of relying on other muscles to carry the load. Yoga poses function and perform differently as each pose is designed to develop flexibility and strength.
Here are some common yoga poses that you can practice:
– Standing Pose
Standing is one of the most 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. Standing pose helps in giving strength to your legs and at the same time increase elasticity in your legs and hips.
– Seated Pose
These types of yoga poses increase strength and flexibility in your lower back and hips. It also adds suppleness to your knees, groin, ankle and most especially your spine. Another advantage of this pose is that it helps you to breathe in deeply which gives you that calm and peaceful feeling.
– Forward Bend
This pose helps you in stretching the hamstrings and your lower back as well as strengthen them. This decreases the tension found in your neck, shoulders, back and increases flexibility in your spine. Calmness is also achieved in this type of pose.
– Back Bend
This pose is amazingly helpful in opening your chest, hips, and even the rib cage. It is helpful in strengthening and making your arms and shoulders stronger. It also simultaneously increases your flexibility and elasticity in your shoulders. The great thing about this pose is that it helps to relieve the tension from the front of your body up to your hips. It also 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 all while balancing 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. 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 easier.
These are some of the many different poses you will encounter as you progress in your yoga practice.
Next time, we will be talking about some of the different types of yoga equipment and what they can do for you.
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