Last time, we talked about the different styles of yoga.
Today, we are going to talk about the practice of good yoga posture through the different poses.
Yoga helps to promote good balance by elongating and aligning your spine through strengthening your back muscles.
Other parts of the body grow stronger💪🏾 as well, like your arms, legs, glutes, and abs, which helps guard you back from injury.
The Purpose of Proper Yoga Posture
To have good yoga posture requires regular practice.
Utilizing blocks, straps, and other yoga accessories can help you perform each yoga pose correctly.
The main goal of having good yoga posture is to teach every part of your body to bear its own weight instead of relying on other muscles to carry the load.
Yoga poses function differently as each pose is designed to develop flexibility and strength.
Here are some of the best yoga poses for beginners that you can practice in a class or even on your own.
Standing is one of the most important yoga poses.
These kind of poses are helpful in aligning your body and your feet.👣
These kind of poses are very helpful in improving and maintaining a good posture by increasing strength and elasticity in your legs and hips.
Some common standing poses include mountain, tree, standing side bend, and chair pose.
Here are some other standing poses you can check out!
These types of yoga poses help to increase strength and flexibility preferably in your lower back and hips.
Seated poses also add suppleness to your knees, groin, ankles and most importantly your spine.
When in these poses, try to make sure you are breathing in fully and exhaling out fully.
By doing this, it helps you to relax your muscles and let go of any tension you may be feeling at that present moment.
Boat pose, canoe, Bharadvaja’s twist, seated forward bend, and lotus are all great seated poses you can try.
Check out these other seated poses!
Forward Bend Poses
These poses help to stretch and strengthen your hamstrings and your lower back.
I usually have tight hamstring and hips and forward bend poses help to loosen them up.
I try to do these kind of poses every day to keep my hamstring loose and free from tightening back up again.
All that does is lead to Charlie horses. 🐴
And trust me they are NOT fun.
Forward bend poses also decrease tension in your neck, shoulders, back along with increased flexibility in your spine.
As you can see, strengthening and increasing flexibility in your spine is key in yoga.
When your spine is loose and flexible, it reduces the risk of injuries.
Our bodies were meant to move and not sit all day.
By keeping your spine flexible and loose, you are able to push past your limits and go farther than you have ever gone before in your practice.
Popular forward bend poses include rag doll, seated forward bend, extended one leg pigeon, standing split, side seated angle, halfway lift, and downward facing dog.
Here are some more forward bend poses for you to try!
Backbend poses are extremely helpful in opening up your chest, hips, and even your rib cage.
All of that openness allows oxygen to flow in and out without restriction.
It also gets oxygen to your vital organs, muscles, and joints.
Backbend poses also aid in strengthening and making your arms stronger along with relieving tension from the front of your body.
It simultaneously increases your flexibility and elasticity in your shoulders and spine.
When your spine has more flexibility you will be able to bend your body in ways you will be shocked that it could do.
Some backbend poses you can look into are dancer, fish, sphinx, camel, upward facing dog, and bridge.
Check out more backbend poses to find out which ones work the best for you!
Balance poses are super challenging because they require leg and core strength.
The real challenge comes as you move from one pose to the next while keeping one leg lifted off the floor the entire time.
The perfect example of this is moving from warrior 3 to half moon to 3 legged dog.
It can be a lot especially if you are just started out.
Some of the best balance poses out there are tree pose, half moon, warrior 3, airplane, 3 legged dog, eagle, and side plank.
If you lose your balance when performing these poses that’s okay.
It takes time to build up your leg and core strength.
Get your balance on with even more balance poses.
To Wrap Things Up…
These are some of the many different poses you will encounter as you progress in your yoga practice.
By practicing these basic poses on a regular basis it can help you build strength, flexibility, and stamina.
Try not to worry if you cannot perform each of them correctly at first.
As you continue to practice them your strength will increase and performing these poses will get easier.
Next time, I will be talking about some of the different types of yoga accessories you may need for your practice.
You technically only need a mat, but there are others that may be helpful especially if you are a beginner.
To another issue of Why Yoga Matters,
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