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5 Most Beneficial Yoga Poses
Whether you are in your youth and you are looking for something challenging or you are matured and looking for something moderate; yoga has got it covered.
Here are some of my most favourite poses with their added benefits…
Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)
I love this pose as it is a good way to warm up or cool down. Although this pose requires lots of strength it works your entire body and the effects are felt all the way from top to bottom.
Benefits: De-bloat, relief from allergies and nasal congestion, builds strong upper bones, improves poor posture and balance, and strengthens smaller muscles in the foot and ankles.
Straight-arm Plank pose (Kumbhakasana)
This pose will work your core to a maximum. It is perfect for toning the stomach and the rest of your body. It works by expanding the shoulder and upper chest muscles.
Benefits: Raise energy levels, supports a healthy back, and strengthens the wrist, arms, spine and abdomen.
Triangle pose (Trikonasana)
One of the many reasons why I like this pose is that it stretches the side waist and loosens the hips. It also helps to strengthen different muscles in the legs and pelvic area offering you more balance.
Benefits: opens the gluts and hip flexor, lessens overall hip pain, strengthens core and back muscles.
Side plank pose (Vasisthasana)
This pose can be challenging when attempting it for the first time, but it really is worth the struggle. It works your core to a huge extent while at the same time strengthening the arms and wrists as well as the legs.
Benefits: improves balance and concentration.
Camel pose (Ustrasana)
This pose releases so much tension and increases flexibility in the spine. It is also said to release mental and emotional stress as well as bringing deep rooted emotions to the forefront.
Benefits: Loosens up the vertebrae, improves digestion, relieves lower back pain, improves respiration, lowers blood pressure and reduces thigh fat.
With all the above said I must include that if you are a beginner at yoga you may need to adjust the above poses in order to fit your level of intensity. For example, instead of doing a straight-arm plank pose you could do a forearm plank, and instead of doing the camel pose with your heels up you can let it lay flat, and so forth.