Tag Archives: Yoga Asana
Yoga, today, has moved from being a self-nourishing practice to something with tangible benefits. If you look around, weight loss, flexibility, and stress relief are three major reasons why people practice yoga. But, if you take a closer look, you will realize that yoga has much more to offer.
Can Yoga improve flexibility? What is flexibility? Is it just the ability to place the palms flat on the floor or doing the standing forward bend? Or, is it the super easy way one can swing himself up to get into shoulder stand? Well, no! There is much more. Being flexible helps us live easier. There are no tense muscles, stiff joints, or that sense of misery which we have to carry with us as we move around.
Vrikshasana or the Tree Pose is an excellent yogic balancing pose. In sanskrit, Vriksha means a tree and Asana means a pose. In Vrikshasana, the weight of the entire body is shifted to one leg, strengthening that leg. The entire posture requires a good sense of balance and once mastered, gives a sense of confidence and steadiness.
Baddha Konasana or Bound Angle Pose improves flexibility of the muscles of the inner thighs, hips and the groins. In Sanskrit, Baddha means bound, Kona means angle and Asana means a pose. Some call this pose the Cobbler’s pose.
Uttanasana or the Standing Forward Bend Pose involves intense bending of the hips and creates a very flexible body. In Sanskrit, Ut means Intense, Tana means stretched and Asana means a yogic pose.
Parivrtta Sukhasana or the easy seated twist pose is based on the easy seating posture called Sukhasana. In Sanskrit, Parivrtta means twisted and Sukha means easy, comfortable or joyful and Asana means a yogic pose. It is an easy posture that can be performed by all practitioners.
Prasarita Padottanasana or Wide Legged Forward Bend Pose stretches the back and leg muscles. In Sanskrit, Prasarita means spread out, Pada means leg or foot, Uttana means intense stretch and Asana means a yogic pose. Prasarita Padottanasana is a resting pose with benefits of regular inverted poses.
Malasana or the Garland Pose gives flexibility to the hip and back muscles.In Sanskrit, Mala means garland and Asana means a pose. Malasana helps to open up the hips and the groins muscles.
Adho Mukha Svanasana or the downward facing dog pose stretches and straightens the spine. In Sanskrit, Adho means down, Mukha means face and Svana means a dog. This asana or pose has been created by observing dogs. They perform this several times in a day. If you observe your pet dog, you will see how he does this to stretch and relax his spine.
Balasana or the Child’s Pose is an excellent resting pose. In Sanskrit, Bala means Child and Asana means a yoga pose. This asana or pose has been created by observing young children who naturally use this to relax. Balasana is one of the easiest relaxation poses and can be done by all practitioners. It can also be performed between asanas. It gives emotional and mental relaxation.