Yoga for Your Health

There is a rhythm in the practice of yoga that offers many beneficial results when done correctly. Performing the asanas in the correct order is essential to finding this rhythm and allowing the body to naturally flow from one stage to the next, without interruptions or abrupt leaps. The beginning pose should be the Corpse pose, which should be repeated between other asanas and used as the final relaxation method. The standard yoga pose or the easy pose is a perfect energy recharge and is also a good position for meditation. It is important however, to mind the position of the back with this pose and do not arch it. Continue with the warm up exercises and try to relax the muscles of the neck. This is vital because the neck is the upper point of the central energy line of the body which is represented by the spine. The shoulder lifts are the natural following exercise and eye exercises can also be done to improve overall eyesight and strength and to prevent exhaustion. To further prepare for the more difficult asanas attempt to practice the sun salutation pose, which will stretch all of the major body muscles. Leg raises are great for toning muscles and improving flexibility. The head stand pose is great for resting specific body organs such as the heart. A variation of this pose, the shoulder stand is also beneficial to the spine and lower back muscles.

Bridge and plough poses increase back flexibility and however difficult they may look, both poses are manageable if gentle movements are used. It is important to not become discouraged if the perfect stance is not achieved in the first number of attempts because it takes time to develop the strength and flexibility required to execute these poses. The bend pose is used to stimulate the nervous system. The fish pose is also somewhat acrobatic, but tones the chest muscles and the lungs. Women suffering from menstrual problems may find the cobra position helpful. This pose stimulates the pelvic muscle and lower abdomen, improving circulation and massaging the internal organs.

The locust pose will help strengthen the lower back and also has positive effects on the abdominal muscles. This pose will also help prevent constipation. The bow pose will also help the back remain flexible and strong and will also possibly reduce abdominal fat especially when a proper diet is present. The half spine twist post can be used to further exercise the spine and back.

The crow pose is great for joint and arm strength. This pose also will help breathing as it forces the chest to expand over time. Followed by the hands and feet pose and the triangle, the asanas require the body to be tested to its full strength and flexibility. The final corpse pose allows the body to rest and replenish any energy that may have been lost during the practice.


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Yoga Positions for Beginners

Yoga Bow Pose
Yoga Bridge Pose
Yoga Cobra Pose
Yoga Easy Pose

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