For thousands of years yoga has provided endless mental and physical benefits to its practitioners.
Encouraging involvement in your own healing, yoga has the potential to be a transformative and insightful journey for its followers.
With nearly 37 million people in the US attending yoga classes, its growth shows no sign of slowing down. Up from 20 million in 2012, interest has nearly doubled in just a few short years; equating to about one in ten Americans attending yoga classes.
Fall in love with these three yoga positions and reap the undeniable rewards of this ancient modality.
Its Sanskrit name, Shavasana (shah-VAHS-uh-nuh), comes from two words. The first, shava (meaning corpse), and the second, asana (meaning pose).
Corpse Pose, oftentimes referred to as Final Relaxation Pose, is one of complete stillness and tranquility. And while it looks easy enough, it’s anything but easy to many yoga devotees.
The art of relaxation is harder than it appears and you may struggle with lying motionless on your back. If you find it hard to stay for this final part of your yoga class chances are you probably need it more than anyone else.
Benefits of Shavasana
It’s Sanskrit name, Adho Mukha Svanasana (AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-Nahs-anna) comes from four words. The first, adho (meaning down), the second, mukha (meaning face), the third, svana (meaning dog), the fourth, asana (meaning pose).
Downward Facing Dog Pose is one of the most widely known postures and offers the yoga enthusiast an all-embracing stretch. Because a lot is happening all at once, diligence in this posture is necessary to enjoy its restorative qualities.
Once you begin to build strength and flexibility, you will be better able to maintain proper form. Soon you will find it to be both powerful and relaxing at the same time.
Benefits of Adho Mukha Svanasana
It’s Sanskrit name, Balasana (bah-LAHS-anna) comes from two words. The first, bala (meaning child), the second, asana (meaning pose).
Child’s Pose is so named as it is attributed to the fetal position and the fundamental reflections of life in the womb. It is often used to rest the body between challenging posture sequences.
This is designed to be a nourishing and nurturing pose and can be practiced with modifications to suit the needs of the yogi. As the front body releases into the thighs it becomes slightly compressed; this restriction allows you the opportunity to breathe deeply and fully into the back of the torso widening and lengthening the spine.
Benefits of Balasana
Words fail to express the complete worth of yoga, it has to be experienced.
If you have a regular yoga practice this is not news to you. But if you have never tried yoga, please do. While you’re likely to find that your time on the mat is transformational, it’s really what happens off the mat that will be a life changer.
Fall in love with these three yoga positions and find your mind, body, and spirit revitalized.
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