Yoga Poses: the techniques and health benefits
Tripod, a pose that works as a transition into handstands, is no exception. The Tripod pose lengthens the spine, eases lower back pressure and can even alleviate stress. If you are new to yoga or just beginning to practice more complicated positions, make sure you’re in the presence of an instructor or someone who can help spot you when working on Tripod.
Are you looking for a deep stretch of the hips and legs? Pigeon pose is often practiced at the closing of a yoga session and is popular among runners at the end of a run. This challenging stretch opens the hip joints, lengthens the hip flexors, and extends the groin. Pigeon also helps improve posture and can alleviate back pain.
Ever twist in a chair to "crack" your back? It's not hard to notice the soothing benefits that twisting in a seated position offers. The classic yoga pose, Seated Twist, often called Half-Twist, utilizes a range of motion to increase spinal flexibility, expand the chest, strengthen the abdominal core and stimulate the internal organs. Seated Twist also provides vertebral and digestive relief.
Warrior II pose comes after Warrior I in a yoga flow sequence, and emphasizes many of the first pose's benefits. This position, which consists of a lunge in which the hips are opened to the side and the arms are held out parallel to the ground, stretches the hips and groin, stimulates internal organs, alleviates lower backache, and improves balance and focus.
Warrior III, which naturally follows Warrior I and II in a flow sequence, is the only pose in the sequence which requires you to stand on one leg. While the entire sequence challenges your balance skills, it is during Warrior III when coordination is truly put to the test. On top of balance skills, this pose strengthens the legs and back, utilizes the abdominal muscles, and encourages better posture and concentration.
This pose may look tricky, but its benefits are immense—and it may be easier than you imagine. Plow pose, or Halasana, stimulates the internal organs, which can alleviate indigestion and stomach troubles. Additionally, this yoga pose stretches the shoulders and spine, challenges the abdominal muscles, reduces stress, and provides therapeutic benefits from ailments ranging from headaches to insomnia.
You probably recognize Warrior I pose as one of the most common yoga poses. This pose, consisting of a forward leaning lunge with the arms held up, strengthens the upper body, lower body, and back. Additionally, it opens up the hips, stretches the neck and groin, and encourages circulation.