Yoga has been described as a science which seeks to achieve the harmonious and balanced development of the body, mind and soul.
It is a system which allows us to bring culture, balance and happiness to ourselves.
It works via a need for strong mental discipline and the ancient theories, which it is based on the interconnection between the mind and body.
Are now being regularly supported by modern scientific theory. Yoga consists of a number of different exercises or poses.
Hatha Yoga poses were developed in India during the fifteenth century.
They are designed as an aid to relaxation and healing and usually introduced with a concept of “the contemplation of one reality”.
The result of using these exercises properly and in conjunction with suitable breathing exercises and meditation is an increase in vitality, physical health and a stronger mental health.
Hatha Yoga exercises have become a part of numerous Yoga disciplines over the years and it’s quite common to see exercises such as the half moon posture, the bow posture of the salutation posture even if it is not Hatha Yoga you are practicing.
This is because the principles of Yoga and the movements and balances required are fairly consistent from one discipline to another.
A yoga session will often begin with a standing pose.
These are a very good low impact, low stress starting point for a Yoga session.
Standing poses benefit the legs and hips and help provide a sense of centering, balance and of course strength to the legs themselves.
Cat and Cow Pose:
the cat and cow poses.
Both are connected and begin with you on all fours on the floor.
Arching the back upwards like a cornered cat places you in the cat pose and the reverse, lowering the back puts you into the cow pose.
Another common form of exercise is a forward bend that will help in the stretching of the lower back and hamstring muscles.
There are a number of other advantages to forward bends.
They release tension in the back neck and shoulder as well as increasing the flexibility of the spine.
Forward bends can be uncomfortable if you have any injuries in the neck or back area, but regularly performing will help in the recovery of these injuries and even strengthen that area.
The counter pose of a forward bend is a back bend.
These open up the chest, hips and rib cage area.
As well as strengthening the arms, they also provide increased strength and flexibility to the shoulders.
This type of exercise is fantastic at increasing the stability of the spine, but is also useful for relieving built up tension along the front of the body and the hips.
The relationship between back and forward bends is a perfect example of the importance of the bodies balance in Yoga.
Another simple Yoga exercise is doing the twist.
Twists will strengthen and stretch your back or abdominal muscles and help to increase the flexibility of your spine.
They also aid in increasing your bodies circulation that brings oxygen supplies to your cells.
This fresh blood and oxygen supply that is released as you twist will improve the functioning of your bodies internal organs.
Half Tortoise Pose:
Half Tortoise Yoga Asana. Due to its resemblance to a tortoise it is known as the tortoise pose.
This yoga asana can prove to be very beneficial to your body in every possible way.
By performing this asana regularly and properly our bodies can be rejuvenated.
The organs get stretched to its maximum with every movement of this asana.
The shoulder movement gets improved and so does the muscles in the corresponding areas.
The abdominal muscles get toned and become more flexible.
The asana stretches the lower part of the lungs which is good for your breathing.
It also increases the lung capacity which proves to be crucial if you have breathing problems like asthma.
The pressure put on your neck and head improves migraine problems.
It can be stated as a stress buster due to its stress relieving capacity.
Stomach related problems are solved too.
If you suffer from indigestion or constipation this asana helps to improve it greatly.
The digestive system is up and running with the help of the asana.
Fresh supply of blood is provided to each and every organ for a smooth flowing bodily system.
- It relaxes the brain by the fresh supply of blood.
- Many of your sleeping problems are addressed by performing this asana.
- It is a good cure for insomnia.
Helps With Backache:
Backache problems can be a thing of the past.
Half tortoise stretches the spine which relieves you from any backache or spine problems.
Due to the level of blood circulation, your heart remains fit and fine.
The bending and stretching increases the level of flexibility of your arms and hips.
Toning gives great shape to your body which keeps you positive and healthy.
The internal organs are massaged very well to bring the extra zest needed for your body.
- It serves as a great remedy for anemic as well as diabetic patients.
- The pressure on the thigh and legs makes it strong and sturdy.
- It also tones the thigh muscles due to the position in which the asana is done.
- The spine is elongated by the stretch provided during the asana.
It is a benefit in disguise, as it cures many ailments.
Bound Angle Pose:
Known as the Cobbler’s Pose because of the similarity to a cobblers sitting position.
It is an excellent asana which helps your groin and hip position.
It is a forward bending asana which starts off from Staff Pose or Dandasana.
You have to bend your knees by bringing the soles of the feet together.
This forward bending asana is very different to the other forward bending asanas.
The focus area in this asana is to open the hip and help the pelvic area.
This help to the pelvic area stimulates the reproductive organs which are of great help to women as well as men.
Bound angle pose stimulates the abdominal organs as well as the ovaries, prostate gland, bladder and kidneys.
It energizes your heart which improves the blood circulation and provides the all needed help to your body.
Stretches And Tones:
This asana stretches the inner thigh, groin and knees which gives your body an agile and toned look.
If you have problems like depression or anxiety this asana can help you overcome that problem.
People with sciatica problem can also be treated by performing this asana regularly.
It is a great asana because of its tremendous benefits for our aching and paining body.
Known to be a treatment for flat feet and similar other problems to be dealt by this asana.
The practice of Bound angle pose prevents the attack of many other diseases.
The forward bending asana helps in opening the back of the Anahata chakra.
It can be greatly used for back pain problems.
This asana should either be done in the beginning to open up the hips or at the end to relax your body.
You should avoid doing this asana if you have a groin or knee injury.
It is very important to perform this asana while sitting on a blanket as it gives support to your thighs.
You can make this pose much deeper by adding variations to it.
The can be done by stretching their arms out in the front with the palms on the floor and forehead placed on the ground by extending the spine.
The end of a Yoga session is usually marked by a group of poses known as Relaxation and Restorative Poses.
This group of exercises is designed to give the positive energies and forces released by the Yoga session to move throughout your body and benefit you completely.
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.