Yoga has been around for centuries and now it has been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective and easy remedies to a happy and healthy living. Yoga helps people reduce stress and anxiety levels. In turn it helps them find a place of peace and Zen where they can just leave all their worries and troubles behind.
Yoga is also very beneficial in helping curing a lot of different types of ailments. The different asana that yoga has to offer are all focused to providing relaxation and relief for different parts of the body. In addition to that yoga is a discipline that can help you improve your stamina, your breathing, and your temper as well. It can help provide you with a cool and calm mind so you can tackle your problems much easier.
There are mind and body exercises in yoga that, as understandable, focus on the mental and physical fitness of the body. Both of these are essential for achieving a happy and healthy living. Proper breathing is the core to yoga exercises because proper and relaxed breathing is the key to achieving relaxation, mental, and emotional peace and balance.
The stretches that are involved in yoga exercises allow the body to become more flexible, therefore helping you become physically fit and active. Yoga tremendously helps clear out one’s mind as such you have a clear mind for the day, and not one that is clogged with troubles and problems.
The Warrior II Exercise
This is an exercise that helps you power and strengthen your lower body and arms. It is very helpful in allowing you to be strong and effective in a time of great stress. In order to do this exercise you need to be standing straight with your feet together and your arms on your sides.
Exhale and bring your right foot forward in the position of a lunge till your knee is bent at 90 degrees. Have your left feet stay straight but lean in. Do this till you feel a pull on your inner thigh muscles. Make sure your back is straight and your arms do not fold. Slowly recline back to the original position and do this for the left leg. Do around 5-8 repetitions of this exercise in a set.
The Child’s Pose Exercise
A relaxing and peaceful pose for the mind and the body. It is a very warming exercise as it will help increase and improve the blood flow in your body and help you have a calm and peaceful mind. Keep your knees at hip’s width while bringing your big toes together and slowly kneel down.
Lower your upper body gradually until your forehead reaches the mat and have your arms either beside your body or straight out in front of you. Either way make sure you are comfortable. Hold this position for a few minutes and slowly come back to the original position where you started off. Then do it again and repeat it a few times. The increased blood flow in your head will help you relax and calm down.
The Triangle Exercise
This is a little demanding on the body and requires a certain amount of flexibility; however even if you cannot complete it at first, do not worry because gradually you will get there. This is helpful because it helps stretch your entire body and will allow you to feel how stressed you are.
In addition to that as your stress is reduced your body will get more flexible and you will be able to reach further out. Stand straight with you legs and shoulder width apart. Now have your arms out on your sides parallel to the ground and slowly start leaning your upper body to the right. Make sure your legs do not buckle and fold.
It is important for you to keep them straight. Following that bend down on your right side as much as you can and at your maximum limit, hold for around 10 second. Then slowly come back up and wait for 5 second. Now go to the other direction and do the same. Do this a few times and you will feel an immediate improvement and reduction in your stress levels.
The Upward Dog Position
You can stretch your upper body, your chest, and your back with this exercise. It is very helpful in relaxing your back and it also helps people with back pain. It will allow you to open and stretch your spine. It is totally opposite to hunched way of working we are used to.
It might be a bit demanding on the body first because you have to rest the weight of your upper body on your arms; however with time things will get easier to do. Lie down on the mat straight facing forward. Have your legs at shoulder length apart. Your hands should be on your side.
Now bring your hands to you’re the starting of your chest and keep them on the side, with your elbows bent. Now slowly put the weight of your upper body and elevate yourself through your arms. As you go up, make sure you bend your upper body so your entire body becomes a concave curve. This way it will help relax your spine. Remember to breathe consistently and you will really enjoy this exercise.
The Savasana Exercise
Probably the easiest exercise for relaxing the entire body. This pose will help you release all your stress and allow you to have a very clear mind. All you have to do is relax and lie down straight on the mat facing upwards.
Spread your arms out a few inches from your sides and keep your feet together. Breathe deeply and make sure your breaths reach down to every part of your body. You will feel the tension easing away with each breath.
Yoga is very effective and inexpensive. You need to spend time in the gym ripping your body apart. You can simply take a mat and do all this stuff at home. It is even more beneficial to do it with your partner as you both can enjoy and relax together. With yoga you are guaranteed to have a happy and healthy living.