Yoga is a great way to stay fit and healthy. Not only can it help to manage stress and relax, it also helps to improve flexibility and strength. And with various poses and levels of difficulty, it’s a exercise that can be enjoyed by everyone. With that in mind, here are 4 of the most popular yoga poses, and what you can expect from each one.
Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Crescent Lunge, or Anjaneyasana, is a great pose for almost any yoga practice. To do it, start in Runner’s Pose with one foot in front of the other. Put your hands together in front of your chest. While inhaling, raise your arms up towards the ceiling and gradually shift the back knee towards the ground. Once your hands are above your head, press your back foot into the floor and look up towards your fingertips. To finish the pose, exhale and come back up.
Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Downward Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana, is one of the most popular yoga poses. To get into this pose, start on your hands and knees. Spread your hands, keeping your fingers spread and pointing forward. Place your feet hip-width apart. With an inhale, slowly lift your knees and start to raise your tailbone towards the sky. Don’t forget to keep your hands and feet in place, and keep the legs working a little bit by pressing them against the ground. To finish the pose, slowly exhale and come down onto your hands and knees.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Cobra Pose, or Bhujangasana, is great for stretching the abdominal muscles and spine. To do it, start by lying on your stomach with your toes facing down and your arms by your side. As you inhale, bring your hands onto the floor beside you, and press your legs down into the mat. At the same time, press down with your hands and lift your chest and chin up. Make sure to keep your elbows close to your body. Lastly, hold and then exhale, slowly lowering the chest and chin.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)