Yoga .. the much hyped fitness regime off late, that every celebrity is raving about. We all might be practicing Yoga, but the real question is are we living a Yogic life? Yoga is to bring in balance between the extremes, to ease out stress and bring in joy of living in the moment. Watch time pass slowly, while you ease into life and breathe meaning into it every day. You can’t just wake up one fine day and jump into something like this, it is a gradual change of lifestyle that is required to achieve this lifestyle. Read more about ‘How to Live the Yogic Life’ here.
This year around we did a couple of Yoga posts and the best out of them is what I’m sharing here.
Dhanurasana, the bow pose, named after the Bow shape that your body resembles while doing it, aims at strengthening your core, flexes your back and stimulates all the organs in the core. Read more here.
2. Eka Pada Kapotasana:
The Eka Pada Kapotasana or the Pigeon pose is a variation of the Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana. (Eka = One, Paada = Foot/ Leg, kapota = Pigeon, Aasana = Pose). This pose is recommended for beginners who need to be more flexible to do the next level in this aasana. Yoga pose that stretches and elongates your hips, while increasing its flexibility too, Read more here.
3. Utthita Paadangushtasana
Utthita Hastha Padaangushtasana or Extended Hand to big toe pose, is one of those advanced stretches in Yogasana. It simply means to bring your toes to touch your hand while standing. It strengthens your legs, knee and ankle muscles, while stretching and toning them the same time. Read More here.
4. Acro Yoga: Bow Pose
Acro Yoga is a holistic combination of Acrobatics and Yoga, usually done by two or more people; it requires quite a lot of strength and balance than for normal Yoga practice. The Arial Bow Pose brings in an advanced stretch and balance, teaching the flyer to be comfortable letting go of any support, where as for the base it tests her/his strength. Read More here.
5. Dandayamana Dhanurasana
The next pose I’m introducing you to, in the Yoga series is the – ‘Dandayamana Dhanurasana’ or the ‘Standing Bow Pose’. This pose is said to be on the extreme scales of Bikram practitioners – for some being the most loathed amongst all the other postures, while for the others it being their favourite. Standing bow posture is an overarching one, but aims at improving flexibility and strength of most of the muscles. Read more here.
6. Prasarita Padottanasana:
Prasarita Padottanasana or the Wide Legged Forward Bend pose, is a simple Yoga pose that stretches and strengthens core and lower body at the same time. This pose has four variations, but I only will be talking about one of those which gives a light stretch to your upper arm and shoulders as well. Read more here.
7. Ardha Maalasana
Ardha Maalasana or the Half Squat Pose, that aims at stretching and strengthening the lower half of your body. Ardha Malasana translates to Half Garland Yoga Pose. Read more here.
8. Virabhadrasana 2
Virabhadrasana 2 or Warrior Pose 2 called the Urdhva Virabhadrasana 2, where Urdhva means Upward, is a simple Yoga pose that stretches and strengthens your lower body at the same time. Read more here.
9. Urdhva Dhanurasana
the Urdhva Dhanurasna or Upward Bow Pose or Chakrasana as per the Ashtanga Yoga Practice, imitates the upward facing bow and hence the name. I recommend this pose if you are well versed in the basic Yoga poses, so that you ease into the next level without any significant damage to your body. Read more here.
10. Yoga Mudras:
Mudra, the sanskrit word translates to bodily gesture or just a hand position. Mudras when combined with yogasanas enable free flow of prana or energy, through breathing which stimulates different parts of the body. Because they aim at directly stimulating the nerves through touch, they form a subtle connection with the instinctual patterns in the brain and thereby influence the unconscious reflexes in the particular area. Read more here. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Youtube