Awake & Evolve: Cycle 2 – Standing Twist Pose Focus
Mountain Pose Benefits
Benefits of Mountain Pose
The benefits of mountain pose are many. First of all it helps you to get rid off stress.
Stress causes pain and your body needs rest from any kind of physical or mental strain. You need to relax and feel at ease with yourself. You need to enjoy life. Your mind will think better when you have a good rest. This is what mountain pose does for you.
It helps to reduce blood pressure and heart rate, which makes your pulse faster and lessens the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. It reduces fatigue, which makes your muscles work harder and prevents them from getting tired easily.
It improves balance, which gives you better coordination and allows you to do things like climb stairs easier than before. It increases circulation, which makes your skin healthy and younger looking. It reduces inflammation, which makes your joints healthier and lessens the chance of arthritis.
When you practice mountain pose regularly, it helps to keep your body fit and strong. When you exercise regularly, it keeps your bones strong and flexible.
If you don’t exercise regularly then you may develop osteoporosis or other bone diseases later in life. You need to exercise in order to keep your muscles and bones healthy. If you don’t do it now, then you’ll have to do it when you grow older. It’s best to start as soon as possible.
Awake & Evolve: Cycle 2 – Standing Twist Pose Focus
Tree Pose Benefits
One of the most important things about tree pose is that it helps improve your mind and body connection. It also helps prevent or cure back pain.
It’s also a good warm up for your body before you train in another harder pose. It releases tension in the muscles and the joints of your arms, back, and legs. It also increases your concentration.
It’s important to master this pose before you attempt anything more difficult like the tree pose with straight legs or even the tree pose with one leg. This way, you’ll have a better understanding of how to properly execute the more challenging poses.
Eagle Pose Benefits
The eagle pose is an amazing balance pose for your body. It strengthens the muscles in your legs, arms, and back.
It also helps improve your concentration, and makes you feel a little more coordinated. Although this pose might look fairly easy to do, it’s actually pretty tricky to master. When you perform the pose, you should always have both of your legs touching each other. It’s also important that your arms are straight. Otherwise, you might have problems balancing yourself.
Pigeon Pose Benefits
The pigeon pose is an essential pose for those who want to achieve a well-toned body. This pose strengthens your arms, legs, and the muscles in your back.
It also improves the mobility of your hip joints. As with many poses, it also increases your sense of balance as it requires you to shift your weight from one leg to another without falling off or losing your posture. It’s crucial that you don’t overdo this pose by putting all your weight on one foot because that can cause injury to your knees.
The Pigeon pose can help improve the flexibility of the hip and spine as well. It’s commonly used to help treat problems like spinal stenosis (a problem with the narrowing of the spinal column.
Urdhva Dhanurasana Benefits
When you perform the Urdhva Dhanurasana pose, it forces your entire back to stretch out and your legs, groin, and chest to open up. This is why this pose is commonly referred to as the upward bow pose.
It’s a fairly easy pose to do, but there are certain things that you should be careful about when you’re doing it. It’s important not to overdo it when you do this pose because it can cause spinal misalignment and other problems if you push your body to far. It’s always a good idea to consult your physician before performing this pose or any other Yoga pose if you suffer from back problems.
Lizard Pose Benefits
This pose requires you to be very flexible and have good concentration. It’s a fairly easy pose to do, but one small misstep and you could fall and suffer an injury.
It’s important that you don’t force your body to do this pose. Work your way up to it slowly so that your body can get used to the movement. You want to keep the purpose of the pose in mind at all times. This is a stretching pose. It’s one of the most flexible poses you can do. It stretches out your ankles, calves, thighs, and hips. If you need to, you can put a rolled up towel underneath your feet to help you with your flexibility for this pose.
Kukkutasana (Rooster) Pose Benefits
This is a pretty easy pose to do and it mainly strengthens your back, arms, chest, and shoulders. It stretches out your arms, chest, and abdomen.
This pose is fairly easy to do for most people, but you need to have a little bit of upper body strength in order to hold yourself up while you stretch out your arms. It’s important that you don’t force yourself into the pose because that can cause problems with your shoulders. If you need to, there are tips and tricks you can use to help you get into the pose by using a wall or any other kind of props.
Eka Pada Koundinyasana I (One Leg Sage Koundinya Pose I) Benefits
This is a fairly easy pose to do for most people. It mainly stretches out your thighs and hips.
You’ll also feel a stretch in your torso. You’ll need a little bit of flexibility for this pose. It’s fairly common for people to use a wall or some other kind of prop when they’re first getting used to this pose. This is one of the poses that can be combined with others to make up the Sun Salutation sequence.
Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) Benefits
This is one of the more commonly known Yoga poses. It mainly stretches out your neck, shoulders, and groins.
You’ll feel a stretch all the way down your spine, in your abdomen, and in your chest. It’s important that when you do this pose that you keep your neck aligned with your spine. You don’t want to tilt your head or neck. This is also a therapeutic pose. It can help stimulate the thyroid which can help regulate hormonal activity in the body. It’s also a calming pose and can help relieve mild depression.
Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) Benefits
This is an inverted pose that stretches out your entire body from head to toe. It mainly stretches out your legs and back, but you’ll also feel a stretch in your abdomen, chest, shoulders, and neck.
It’s a fairly easy pose to do as long as you have head and shoulder flexibility. When you first do this pose it’s a good idea to use a wall or a chair for balance. It can also help if you move into the pose slowly as you get used to it. Once you get the hang of this pose, it can be a very energizing one for your body and help to relieve stress.
Tolavenasana (Balancing Stick) Benefits
This is a balancing pose that mainly stretches out your legs and arms. You’ll feel a good stretch in your thighs, hips, back, chest, shoulders, and arms.
This pose can help increase your balance as well as it gets easier to do. It’s important that you keep your body in a straight line and not let your hips tilt or lean in either direction while you’re in the pose. Keep everything in line and you’ll find that this is a fairly easy pose to do.
Pawanmuktasana (Wind Removing Pose) Benefits
This is a good stretching for your legs, hips, back, chest, and arms. You’ll feel a good stretch all the way down your spine and in your abdomen as well.
It’s important that you keep your back straight and not let it hunch over while you do this pose. It’s best to take this pose slowly as you get used to it because it can be easy to overstretch yourself and put too much pressure on your spine if you push too hard while you’re in the pose.
Virasana (Hero’s Pose) Benefits
This is a simple and easy pose to do. It mainly stretches out your back, hamstrings, and calves.
You’ll feel a stretch in these areas as well as in your thighs and even your hips. This is a fairly simple pose to do unless you have knee problems. If you have knee problems this pose should be avoided because it can cause problems for people with bad knees.
Ubhaya Padangustasana (Both Big Toes Pose) Benefits
This is a fairly easy and simple stretching pose that mainly stretches out your legs, feet, and toes. It can be easy to do as long as you have the flexibility for it.
Keep your back straight and your core engaged while you’re in this pose for the best results. It’s a fairly easy pose to do once you get the hang of it.
Vatayanasana (Chair Pose) Benefits
This is a nice way to stretch out your legs if you’ve been spending a lot of your time sitting down and not using them. It mainly stretches out your hamstrings, calves, and back.
It’s fairly easy to do as long as you have the flexibility for it. The name comes from the fact that when you sit in this position it looks a bit like a chair. In fact, the name vatayanasana is a combination of two words in sanskrit, vata which means “chair” and yanas which means “pose”.
Makarasana (Crocodile Pose) Benefits
This is a great alternative for those that aren’t able to do our next pose, plow. This is a fairly easy pose to do and it mainly stretches out your chest, shoulders, abdomen, and legs.
It’s a bit like plow, but it’s not as intense and it’s easier to do because you’re laying on your belly rather than being on your hands and knees.
Makarasana is a combination of two words in sanskrit, makara which means “crocodile” and asana which means “pose”.
Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch) Benefits
This is a great pose for stretching out your legs, hips, back, and even your arms. It can be a bit intense on your knees so be careful and make sure you don’t overdo it.
It’s best to take this one slowly and carefully increase the amount of time that you spend in the pose each day until you can easily hold it for a minute or two at a time.
Purvottanasana (Intense East Stretch) Benefits
This is a great way to stretch out your back and chest after spending some time seated at a desk. This is a fairly easy pose to do as long as you take it slowly and carefully don’t overdo it on your first couple of tries.
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