One of the safest and gentlest forms of exercise out there is yoga. Before getting into the best yoga poses for women, here are a few things to remember:
• Work with a certified yoga instructor to understand proper form
• Stop at the first signs of discomfort – no powering through where Yoga is concerned!
• Follow a holistic lifestyle – diet and de-stressing included.
Also called tadasana, this pose can help strengthen your spine and also alleviate back pain. It is carried out after you stand with feet spread at the width of your hips. Fold your hand in front of your chest in the classic Namaste gesture. Do these 3 things together:
• Inhale deeply and slowly.
• Elongate your spine and
• Lift your hands above your head.
Stretch as much as you can and then slowly tilt your head backwards and fix your eyes on your fingertips. Hold and then return to original position with exhalation and bring your palms on your thighs.
Konasana helps in flexibility and digestion too. Place your feet apart – 24 inches or so and stand straight. Raise your left (or right) hand straight up over your head, elbow straight. And then slowly bend to your right. Keep your spine straight. So if you are starting with your right hand you bend to your left and vice versa.
If you want something that helps work out almost your entire body then it has to be the virbhadrasana. It:
• Strengthens lower body.
• Works out the muscles in your hip and back.
• Helps strengthen chest muscles too.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Place your right foot firmly on the floor and turn your body to the left. Bend your left knee and lift your arms over our head, with palms together. Stretch your spine and arch it backwards and keep your eyes fixed on your fingertips. Hold and then exhale while straightening your spine. Straighten your knee and repeat on the other side.
The movement of your legs mimic the wings of a butterfly. Called badhakonasana, this is a sitting yoga pose and starts with you sitting with a straight spine and your feet folded in front of you in such a way that the soles are touching. Keep your feet as close to your body as possible. Hold your feet with your hands and then flap your legs up and down. Start slow and then increase speed.
Marjariasana helps in improving overall blood circulation. Kneel on the floor with your palms making contact with the floor. Inhale and lift your chin and push back your head. Hold for some time and then exhale and bring your chin to your chest. Arch your back as much as you can and hold this pose too.
It is also essential to repeat each asana a few times to get the maximum benefit from yoga. Along with these asanas it is important to meditate for a few minutes every day to get the full benefit of these exercises.
This article is published by CheckPregnancy.com
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