Yoga Exercises and Poses
Yoga Exercises and Poses, while appearing to deal with the physical body alone, actually influence the chemical balance of the brain, which in turn improves one’s mental state of being.
Yogic exercises cater to the needs of each individual according to his or her specific needs and physical condition. They involve vertical, horizontal, and cyclical movements, which provide energy to the system by directing the blood supply to the areas of the body, which need it most. In yoga, each cell is observed, attended to, and provided with a fresh supply of blood, allowing it to function smoothly. So, practicing Yoga makes the mind naturally active and dynamic; and the inner self luminous.
Seated poses are useful for practicing breathing exercises and relaxation or meditation techniques. Seated poses are often used as a warm up or as a starting point for other poses. Performing seated poses can help improve your posture and open your hips.
Standing poses are often used as warm up or as a starting point for other poses. Standing poses are beneficial for strengthening your legs, opening your hips and improving your sense of balance.
Inversions are excellent poses to perform to improve your blood circulation, quiet your mind, and improve your overall health. Inversions are also believed to reverse the aging process and reduce the effect of the gravity on your body.
Relaxation and Restorative Poses
It is important to take time to perform relaxation or restorative poses at the end of each yoga practice. You can use this time to relax your body and mind and allow energy released by the poses in your practice to move freely throughout your body.
A counter pose is a yoga pose that stretches your spine in the opposite direction from a previous pose or returns your spine to a neutral position.
You can perform twists to stretch and strengthen your back and abdominal muscles, increase the flexibility of your spine and improve your circulation. Twists improve the functioning of your internal organs by providing them with a fresh supply of blood as you twist and release your body.
Balancing poses are great for improving your balance and coordination as well as developing your ability to remain grounded in a pose. Keeping your body balanced encourages you to focus, quiet, and balance your mind.
Forward bends stretch the entire back of your body, especially your hamstrings. Forward bends are also often used to release tension, calm your mind, and soothe your nervous system. Similar to back bends, forward bends help keep your spine strong and supple.
Back bends are among the most challenging poses in yoga. Bending backward helps strength your back and keeps your spine strong and supple. Back bends also open the front of your body, especially your chest.
List of Yoga Poses
- Lotus (Sukhasana)
- Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
- Balance Posture(Natarajasana)
- Back Stretch (Paschimottanasana)
- Simple chest Expansion(Ardha Chakrasana)
- Simple Triangle (Trikasana)
- Leg Clasp (Padahastasana)
- Bow (Dhanurasana)
- Simple Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasdana)
- Backward Bend (Supta Vajrasana)
- Knee and thigh Stretch (Bhadasana)
- Shoulder Stand(Sarvangasana)
- Simple Fish (Matsya)
- Simple Locust (Salabhasana)
- Deep Relaxation (Savasana)