Yoga Poses and what
they Achieve

Yoga has been described as a science which seeks to achieve the harmonious and balanced development of the body, mind and soul. It is a system which allows us to bring culture, balance and happiness to ourselves. It works via a need for strong mental discipline and the ancient theories, which are based on the interconnection between the mind and body, are now being regularly supported by modern scientific theory. Yoga consists of a number of different exercises or poses

Cat and cow poses

Both are connected and begin with you on all fours on the floor. Arching the back upwards like a cornered cat places you in the cat pose and the reverse, lowering the back puts you into the cow pose. This helps strengthen your arms, wrists and abdomen and prepare you for more challenging arm balancing poses

Standing Pose

A yoga session will often begin with a standing pose. These are a very good low impact, low stress starting point for a Yoga session. Standing poses benefit the legs and hips and help provide a sense of centering, balance and of course strength to the legs themselves.

Hatha Yoga poses

Hatha Yoga Poses were developed in India during the fifteenth century. They are designed as an aid to relaxation and healing and usually introduced with a concept of "the contemplation of one reality". The result of using these exercises properly is an increase in vitality, physical health and a stronger mental health

Back Bend

These bends open up the chest, hips and rib cage area. As well as strengthening the arms, they also provide increased strength and flexibility to the shoulders. This type of exercise is fantastic at increasing the stability of the spine, but is also useful for relieving built up tension along the front of the body and the hips.

Relation and Restorative Poses

The end of a Yoga session is usually marked by a group of poses known as Relation and Restorative Poses. This group of exercises is designed to give the positive energies and forces released by the Yoga session to move throughout your body and benefit you completely.

Twists

This is simple exercise that will strengthen and stretch your back or abdominal muscles and help to increase the flexibility of your spine. They also aid in increasing your body's circulation that brings oxygen supplies to your cells thus improving the functioning of your body's internal organs.

Forward bend

This is another common form of exercise that will help in the stretching of the lower back and hamstring muscles. They release tension in the back neck and shoulder as well as increasing the flexibility of the spine. If you have any injuries in the neck or back area, it will aid in the recovery.

Child Pose

This is a resting pose useful to relieve neck, back, and hip strain. While in the posture, you should have slow, regulated breath, extended arms, resting hips, and your forehead touching the mat. You can always return to this pose as it is one of the most restorative and calming poses.

The Easy Pose

This may seem like an easy pose, but it has many benefits for the body. For example, it is a hip opener, it is calming, and it eases menstrual pain for women, in addition to lowering the level of anxiety. As you workout, while doing the posture, make sure your spine is straightened.