These yoga poses are used to balance the strength of your core and help to focus on breathing. Yoga has been practiced for centuries as an ancient art and is known to improve balance and focus while creating a body and mind connection. Although there is somewhat of an art to the practice of yoga, with careful practice and dedication to technique, these poses can help to target specific muscle and body parts to gain the most benefit out of the yoga practice.
The Mountain Pose is a pose used to help build up core strength and confidence. It begins with the feet being firmly on the ground, the toes spread and the arms lifted up towards the sky. The body is standing as straight as possible, and the gaze is upward towards the horizon, or wherever you choose to direct your sight. This is typically the starting point for many yoga poses and practices.
Downward Facing Dog Pose
The Downward Facing Dog Pose is a classic yoga pose and one of the most challenging for new beginners. It begins with your feet standing on the ground, toes apart, and palms on the ground with the arms fully extended and the heels raised towards the sky. The body forms an inverted ‘V’ shape and the heart is lifted towards the sky. This pose helps to stretch and extend arms, shoulders and legs while strengthening the core.
The Tree Pose is a pose that helps to improve balance and focus. It begins with one foot firmly on the ground and the other leg lifted so the foot is placed against the opposite leg. The arms can either be kept at the sides or can be lifted in a prayer gesture as the body stands tall and the gaze is straight ahead and focused. This pose can help to increase flexibility and stability as it requires concentration and balance.
The Cobra Pose helps to stretch and strengthen the back and abdomen. It begins with the torso on the ground and the arms bent with palms on the ground. The hips and chest are lifted off the ground and the head is facing towards the sky. This pose helps to invigorate the body, improve posture and stimulate the internal organs which is the primary purpose of yoga.
Warrior I Pose
The Warrior I Pose is one of the most powerful poses in yoga and a favorite among many. It begins with the feet firmly planted on the floor, the body angled to one side and the arms being held out in a T shape. The gaze is directed forward and the body is held in a steady and strong position. This pose is used to build strength and self confidence.
Yoga poses are a great way to improve overall balance, strength, and stability. By practicing each of these poses with concentration and dedication to proper form and technique, you can gain the most out of each yoga exercise. Each pose has a unique purpose and can help to target certain muscle and body parts, providing the best results from your yoga practice.