Updated: Nov 27, 2020
There are thousands of variations of yoga poses. They all have different benefits. Here are just five of my favorites. Always consult your physician before trying any exercise.
Easy Pose (Sukasana or Sukhasana): This pose is relaxing for me. It is the pose that I can sit the longest in without pressure or pain on my back, hips or knees. It strengthens the back, stretches the knees and ankles and can help open the hips. Frankly, I eat my dinner, read, and watch TV this way on the floor. It’s often used for meditation.
Downward-Facing Dog or Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): I enjoy this pose because it is a classic inversion that stretches my entire back body. This stretch works from the nape of my neck, up my back, down my buttocks, backs of my legs and to my heels. This pose also strengthens the arms and legs.
I’m always careful to distribute my weight carefully between my hands and feet and to allow the crown of my head to float toward my mat. I enjoy holding this stretch for anywhere from 5 to 10 breaths.
Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana): Talk about a deep spinal twist and release! Wow, I love this pose! Honestly, this is an upper-intermediate and challenging pose, but the release I feel while in this pose is worth it. In addition to spinal release, my hamstrings get a good stretch, my heart opens, and talk about a challenge to my balance! This pose strengthens my legs, works my vertebral column, hips and legs.
Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1): The wide-legged stance mimics the pose’s name – warrior! With my legs planted firmly in this position and my arms directed sky-ward, I’m ready to take on anything. It’s very empowering!
Crow Pose (Bakasana): A strong mind, arms and wrists, and focused breathing are needed for this arm balancing pose. I enjoy firmly planting my palms on the mat and resting my shins on my upper arms with my feet lifted away from the floor. Talk about strength!
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