Showing posts with label benefits of yoga. Show all posts
Showing posts with label benefits of yoga. Show all posts

May 12, 2014

Yoga for Backache

Does your back pain due to sitting or standing for long hours? Do this simple yoga exercise anytime, anywhere and be free from back pain in just five minutes!

You can comfortably practice these yoga exercise. Sit comfortably in Sukhasana (cross-legged pose). Keep your back straight and shoulders relaxed. Most importantly, smile.


Bharadvajasana I (Bharadvaja's Twist)

This gentle twist is a tonic for the spine and the abdominal organs.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
Calms the brain and rejuvenates tired legs.

Marjaryasana (Cat Pose )
This pose provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs.

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)
One of the most widely recognized yoga poses... an all-over, rejuvenating stretch.




Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)

Stretch along the top side of the body, from the back heel through the raised arm.

Agnistambhasana (Fire Log Pose)
Stretches the outer hips intensely, particularly the piriformis, which is often the main culprit of sciatic pain.

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)
This twist energizes the spine and stimulates the digestive fire.




Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

An effective means for strengthening the back of the torso, legs, and arms in preparation for the deeper backbends.

Halasana (Plow Pose)
Plow Pose reduces backache and can help you get to sleep.

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
The torso and legs represent the body of the bow, and the arms the string.

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
For this pose you can pad your knees and shins with a thickly folded blanket.

Bitilasana (Cow Pose)
Cow Pose is an easy, gentle way to warm up the spine.

Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
You need strength, flexibility, and endurance, and unwavering concentration.

Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
Triangle Pose is the quintessential standing pose in many styles of

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
It is said that if you perform this pose in water, you will be able to float like a fish.

Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
Highly effective strengthener for the legs and ankles.

Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose)
Provides relief from backache and stretches the hips, hamstrings, and calves.

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose)
There are two interpretations of the Sanskrit Janu Sirsasana, Head-to-Knee and Head-of-the-Knee. The former emphasizes the forward bend. The latter refers to the "head" of the bent knee that you use press away from you to assist the forward bend.

Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
Usually a counterpose to Trikonasana. Also a preparation for seated forward bends and twists.

Dandasana (Staff Pose)
It might look easy, but there's more to Staff Pose than meets the eye.

Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)
Urdhva Hastasana literally translates to "Raised Hands Pose," but it is also sometimes called Talasana, the Palm Tree Pose (tala = palm tree).

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)
One of three revolved variations of standing poses.

Sphinx Pose
Sphinx Pose is the infant of backbends. It can be practiced with either an active or passive approach.

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose)
Named for a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, this version of Warrior Pose increases stamina.
Source: Yoga Journal

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May 7, 2014

Benefits of Early Morning Yoga

Your days are so busy, and your time is valuable. It’s tough to fit in a yoga class during the middle of the day, and by the evening you may have unexpected plans, or you may be too tired. You know, life is like that and this happens. So doing your practice first thing in the morning is a relief. You take the pressure off your self during the day and get to focus on your work, family, friends, eating, and life. You can also remember how awesome you were for making the choice to get up and treat yourself to yoga.

So set your alarms at 5:00 o clock. Wake up to the bright and early morning. See the beautiful sunrise. Take a quick shower and get ready for your yoga. Early morning yoga has many health benefits.
  1. Yoga breathing will stimulate your body and mind.All that fresh oxygen will wake up your brain like a jolt of caffeine. Also, this energy boost from deep breathing will last all day, not just a couple of hours like caffeine. You will become energized and clear. Sometimes you wake up feeling groggy, but yoga breathing will clear the fuzz away and you will have clarity and be ready to face your day brighter and more alive.
  2. You will be more calm all day.Taking yoga early in the morning will set the tone for your whole day. It will calm and center you before you have to step out into the chaos of life. You will be ready for any situation that comes your way. That traffic jam? No worries, you did yoga. You remember your breath. You're reminded of your early morning intention that you set. In yoga, you remember to practice kindness, compassion and love. Others can feel that. Life’s dramas will seem small in comparison.
  3. You will look younger.The stretching in yoga makes your body tighter, lighter, and brighter. It raises serotonin levels, endorphins and other feel good chemicals and that will all show up in the glow of your skin. Studies show people who practice yoga can actually slow down the aging of the heart, liver and kidneys. All of your insides will reflect on the outside. You eyes will be brighter. Your skin will have a glow. Your body will feel taller and longer.
  4. You can eat more that day.Yoga helps speed up your metabolism which means that you can eat more and burn calories faster. When you practice yoga early in the day you improve your digestion and food will burn up faster, and more nutrients will move through your body. When you have enough nutrients moving through efficiently, then your body metabolizes fats and carbs faster and your insides will be running at tip top speed.
Practice Surya Namaskar Early Morning Everyday! This wonderful gift of yoga, if practiced regularly, can work wonders for every part of the body – from head to toe! Surya Namaskar is a set of 12 yoga postures that helps improve overall health and well being.- See more at: Surya Namaskar Benefits

With all this and much more to offer, the benefits of yoga are felt in a profound yet subtle manner.
Regular Yoga Practice helps in
  1. All-round fitness
  2. Weight loss
  3. Stress relief
  4. Inner peace
  5. Improved immunity
  6. Living with greater awareness
  7. Better relationships
  8. Increased energy
  9. Better flexibility & posture
  10. Better intuition

So with all these benefits and more, set your alarm for 5 a.m. and get yourself motivated to do  yoga everyday.
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