One of the best ways of improving your posture is through Yoga. Some basic Yoga poses and workouts can really help to keep you in shape and align your spine properly, which is vital to maintain or retrain good posture. There are many Yoga positions that can help in this regards, so here are five Yoga workouts that will help you towards perfect posture.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
This is a very simple, beginners Yoda position, that can achieve good posture if performed correctly. Essentially it’s a standing position, where you firstly stand straight and as tall as you can, feet together, with arms at your sides. In this position open your chest out, slightly rise your chin and slightly tuck in your lower back, so you feel a stretch in the mid-section of your back, behind your ribs. Try to tighten your thighs now, while rotating your shoulders back and down, lowering your shoulder blades. Now bring your chin further up so your ears are just above your shoulders and hold the position to feel the stretch in your shoulder and the back of your neck. You’re now aligning your body in a straight line from your feet to your head and using your chin to control the tilt of your head.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
This position is slightly more complex and will strengthen the posture through the back and the chest. Using a Yoga mat, place your hands in front of you in a sphinx position, which means on your front with your elbows tucked in at your sides and your hands in line with your chest, as if doing a press-up. Now slowly and with care, straighten your arms into a full extension, tilt your head back and arch your back, into what is known as a cobra position, making sure your fully stretch on the mat, including point your toes. Finally, lower your shoulders slightly, away from your ears, while keeping your pelvis and your toes on the Yoga mat and hold the position for a few seconds before returning to the sphinx position.
Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
While back in the sphinx position, open your chest while lifting your arms and legs off the mat. Your arms should align with your head, as if you’re flying like Superman, while your legs rise off the mat, while keeping the pelvis on the mat. This exercise can also be performed with the arms stretched out above and behind your torso.
Resting Pose (Balasana)
This is also known as a child’s pose in yoga. Sit back on your heels and reach your arms out in front of you, bring your front down to the floor to rest on your thighs. Then bring your arms behind you to the sides, so you’re in something of a ball shape.
Hero Pose (Virasana)
This is a seated Yoga exercise where the upper body is straight and the posture doesn’t slouch. Sit on your heels and sit up straight, looking straight ahead. Bring your arms up to rest on your thighs and maintain the position for a minute or so.
For most of the people staying healthy seems like a very hard thing to do, but it does not have to be like that. Practicing these poses will help you improve your posture and your health while relaxing your body and your mind. You do not have to practice all of them, do the ones that resonate with you. After some time, you will move, feel, and breathe better.
Which is your favorite yoga position?
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