I’ve been doing yoga regularly for the last 10 years. My initial inspiration for doing so came from a chance trip to India in the winter of 1999. Back then, I didn’t think much about the practice. But one gall bladder and two hip replacement surgeries later, I was forced to change my mind. A yoga enthusiast I met on an online forum through my cox bundle deals encouraged me to give it a go. And ever since I first donned on my yoga gear following that conversation, I haven’t looked back since.
Here are the 10 Yoga Asanas for Keeping the Doctors Away that you your must try to make your body more fit and facing future environmental challenges.
Healing Your Body with Yoga
Because yoga, believe it or not, does cure you. And not only in the overt way that we ‘westerners’ like to think about medicine and treatment. What yoga does is that it soothes your aching muscles and tendons from the inside out. By gradually relaxing your body, and easing blood flow, it strengthens the immune system. And once your limbs become flexible, you don’t need to rely on many other exercises to maintain health and fitness. Just a few choice ‘Asanas’ (the Sanskrit word for ‘poses’) can prove to be enough to get you by.
10 Yoga Asanas to Get You Going
In this post, I’ll list 10 common Yoga Asanas to keep your family G.P away from you. And for good – provided you start practicing them regularly.
But before you begin your workouts with these postures, I’d strongly recommend that you get yourself through a complete physical exam.
The Tadasana (Mountain Salute)
A basic asana, the ‘Tadasana’ is meant to perfect the art of standing with proper form. It may seem like an obvious pose to skeptics, but it has actual health benefits. Standing still like K2 or Mount Everest, when coupled with steady breathing, produces an instant calming effect.
The Adho Mukho Svanasana (Downwards Dog Prostration)
If you want to work your abs, glutes, hamstrings and forearms muscles, then no yoga pose does it quite like the Adho Mukho Svanasana. In order to carry out this asana, you simply need to bend forward, and arch your body in the shape of a perfect V. Your hips should form the peak of this position, with your hands and feet firmly planted on the ground.
The Kursiasana (Humble Chair Lurch)
If you’ve ever oddly wondered what a chair feels like without anyone sitting on it, the Kursiasana pose is there to let you in on the experience. To do this asana, bend your legs with your hips backward; with hands joined high in a Namaste salute. Arch your back a little forward, and turn yourself into a slightly rickety human chair.
The Vrikshasana (Tree Stand)
Trees are some of the most humbling and grounding marvels of nature, and it is precisely these traits which you gain through the Vrikshasana. Simply stand in the mountain pose, with hands raised high in Namaste formation. Keep your left or right leg bent inwards, with the foot sole planted on your other supporting leg.
The Trikonasana (Triangle Arch)
Like its name suggests, the Trikonasana turns your body into a complete triangle. In order to work this pose, you simply need to stretch your legs as far apart as you can while standing. Raise one arm atop your head, and keep the other on the ground palm-downwards.
Naukasana (The Boat Extension)
The Naukasana shapes your body into a lifeboat. It starts with you resting your bottom on the ground, with back & legs raised upwards. Keep your calves bent to form a perfect boat posture, and retain flexed position for about 30 seconds.
The Bhujangasana (The Cobra Raise)
Popular in many gym warmup routines, the Bhujangasana is simple to execute. In order to posture it properly, you need to lie flat on your back face downwards. Then gradually raise your chest by supporting it with your stretched arms. Retain position for 10 seconds at a time.
The Fetal Pose
Also called the womb pose, this asana has you crawling into a fetal position (like a baby in the womb of its mother). I don’t know why, but whenever I curl myself up into this position, I feel instantly relaxed.
The Sukhasna position simply entails sitting in the stereotypical ‘Ohm’ posture. With legs folded, you’re supposed to resemble a Buddhist statue. And a good way to keep your frame relaxed is to keep sitting still for at least 5 minutes.
Often termed the ‘forward flex’, the Paschimottanasana produces an effect similar to the fetal position. But this time, you’re supposed to rest on your legs, and not curl up like a complete puppy.
When starting out with these asanas for the first time, I took great care to see them performed by professional yogis on YouTube. At that point, I was glad that I had AT&T near me because you really need a high-speed connection to stream these HD videos. Getting accurate tutorials on new exercises is important, otherwise you can risk injuring yourself needlessly.