Fitness,  Yoga and Meditation

5 Benefits of Yoga

By now, you’ve probably heard that yoga is good for your health. And maybe you’ve even tried yoga for yourself and discovered that it makes you feel better. A consistent practice offers many mental and physical health benefits. Some, like improved flexibility, are evident.
Others, including stress reduction, can be more subtle but are just as powerful. These benefits of yoga contribute to increased feelings of well-being, which helps explain why so many people find yoga so addictive. Here are the top benefits of yoga and some poses to help you get the most out of your practice.

  1. Improves flexibility.
Gomukhasana: Cow Face Yoga Pose

 Flexibility is an element of good physical health. Over time your body loses flexibility due to aging, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, or improper posture and movement habits. Regularly practicing yoga may increase mobility in your muscles and joints. 

Some of the most important benefits of increasing flexibility include a greater range of motion, less muscle tension, and a lower risk of injuries

Poses that Improve Flexibility

  1. Uttanasana: Standing Forward Bend.
  2. Upavistha Konasana: Seated Wide-Legged Straddle
  3. Sucirandhrasana: Eye of the Needle
  4. Baddha Konasana: Cobbler’s Pose
  5. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana: Pigeon Pose
  6. Gomukhasana: Cow Face Pose

2. Improves Strength. 

Adho Mukha Svanasana: Downward Facing Dog Yoga Pose

Yoga has been known as the thing to do when you want to get more flexible. But yoga can also strengthen most of your muscles when you choose the correct poses. You don’t need a lot of space or equipment, just your own body weight. Building muscle improves bone density and boosts your metabolism. 

Poses That Improve Strength 

  1. Adho Mukha Svanasana: Downward Facing Dog
  2. Phalakasana: Plank
  3. Vasisthasana: Side Plank
  4. Paripurna Navasana: Full Boat Pose
  5. Virabhadrasana 2: Warrior 2 Pose

3. Improves Balance and Stability

Tadasana: Mountain Pose

Balance refers to our ability to control our bodies against the forces of gravity while keeping ourselves still. On the other hand, stability refers to our ability to keep our bodies under control even while in motion. Yoga helps with both of these. Improving balance and stability decreases the risk of falls that lead to injuries. 

Poses That Improve Balance and Stability

  1. Tadasana: Mountain Pose
  2. Uttanasana: Forward Fold
  3. Vrksasana: Tree Pose
  4. Virabhadrasana II: Warrior II
  5. Utkatasana: Chair Pose
  6. Trikonasana: Triangle Pose

4. Helps with Back Pain Relief

Salamba Bhujangasana: Sphinx Pose

Tight, tense back muscles can lead to muscle strain and poor posture. When your muscles aren’t tense, there’s usually less stress and pressure on certain parts of your body and, as a result, less pain in your back, neck, and shoulders. If you have chronic lower back pain, especially in your spine, it’s always essential to start any movement program slowly and carefully, using your own pain signals as a guide for your limits. When you exercise or do yoga to treat your lower back pain, start slowly and pay attention to how you feel while doing each pose. If pain increases while you are doing a pose, you should stop doing the pose. If you don’t experience additional pain, you can keep doing the pose to strengthen your body and lower back muscles.

Poses that Relieve Back Pain:

  1. Bitilasana Marjaryasana: Cat-Cow Pose
  2. Salamba Bhujangasana: Sphinx Pose
  3. Salabhasana: Locust Pose
  4. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana: Bridge Pose
  5. Ardha Matsyendrasana: Half Lord of the Fishes
  6. Jathara Parivartanasana: Two-Knee Spinal Twist Pose
  7. Balasana: Child’s Pose

5. Helps you Manage Stress

Sukhasana: Easy Pose

Yoga is sometimes referred to as moving meditation. Yoga is especially helpful with stress relief due to meditation, controlled breathing, stretching asanas, and mental imagery. It reduces anxiety, depression, and, thus, stress. Yoga helps in the body’s production of Endorphins. Endorphins play an important role in managing negative emotions and physical pain. These hormones are important for your physical and emotional well-being. Also, when tension is released in your muscles, it may help you feel more relaxed. In turn, that may lower your stress levels.

Poses that Help Manage Stress:

  1. Sukhasana: Easy Pose
  2. Uttanasana: Standing Forward Bend
  3. Balasana: Child’s Pose
  4. Supta Dandasana: Legs Up Against the Wall Pose
  5. Savasana: Corpse Pose

These Poses can also be used for Meditation.

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