Yoga is an ancient activity that has been practiced for years with so many health and physical benefits. This ancient practice dates back thousands of years in India with people associating it as a spiritual activity.
That has changed today with many people adopting yoga to help improve their flexibility, stamina, and physical well-being. If you are suffering from stress or anxiety, you can learn some yoga moves to relieve those symptoms at home or in an office.
A good thing about yoga is that you can adopt any move you are comfortable with and do it at your own pace. Therefore, regardless of your size or age, yoga is an exercise which you can adopt. Besides improving your flexibility and toning your body, studies show that yoga can help boost your fertility. Hence, if you are planning to get pregnant, doing fertility yoga can boost your chances of getting pregnant. The following are some of the popular yoga exercises you can start doing today.
1. Downward facing dog pose
This yoga exercise will stretch your legs, back, and arm. The downward facing dog pose will help you build strength and remove stiffness from your shoulders. This yoga pose got its name from the way dogs stretch their bodies.
Come down to your hands and knees, with your hand’s shoulder width wide and your knees hip width wide.
Make sure the inner triads of your hands are pressed to the mat. The inner side of your elbow should be facing each other. As you exhale, lift the knees off the floor so that they are on the same line with your ankles.
Stretch your arms forward as you keep your knees bent. Next, lift your knees from the mat and slowly
Straighten both legs. Don’t twist your back. Hold this pose for 20 breaths.
2. Child’s Pose
The child’s pose helps you stretch your ankles, thighs, and hips while reducing fatigue and stress. This pose is perfect for relaxation after a long day. It will help you have a wonderful night’s sleep as it relaxes your muscles.
Start from the downward dog pose and slowly bring your knees to the mat. Bring down your buttocks towards your heel as you stretch your body forward. In your extended position, rest your arms forward on the floor. Rest your abdomen on your thighs while your head rests on the mat. Stay in this position for 30 seconds.
3. Pigeon Pose
Sitting at your office desk for long hours prevents your hip from getting the exercise they need. Engaging in a cardio workout such as cycling a stationary bike or walking can help your waist get the exercise it needs. The pigeon pose is a great yoga exercise for people who have a tight waist.
Start with a downward facing dog with your knees below your hips and your hand ahead of your shoulder.
Next, raise your right leg away from the left and bring it forward so that the sheen is parallel to the mat. Therefore, the right knee should be closer towards the right wrist, while the right ankle should be closer towards the left wrist.
The back leg should be extended behind you while the toes tucked. As you lower your hips to the floor, unstuck your toes. Place your hands to the side of your body. Inhale and rise up on your fingertip. As you exhale, lower your torso towards your right leg. Hold this position for about 4 to 5 breaths. Rise up back to the starting position.
Relax, go at your own pace and have fun!
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