Yoga is a discipline to improve or develop one’s inherent power in a balanced manner. It offers the means to attain complete self-realization. The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word Yoga is ‘Yoke’. Yoga can therefore be defined as a means of uniting the individual spirit with the universal spirit of God.
Before starting one should understand that do what you easily can. There is no competition. Listen to your body. Don’t push yourself. Begin gradually and then increase moderately. Focus on your breath right from the beginning.
Some easy yoga poses are :
1. Tadasana (Samasthiti or mountain pose)
This is the basic standing pose. It teaches you the art of standing correctly and increases your awareness of your body.
Stand with your feet together. Tighten the knees, keep the navel drawn into the spine with a neutral pelvis, and chest lifted but with shoulders relaxed and pressed down away from the ears.
Benefits: It corrects bad posture and improves the alignment of your body.
2. Vrikshashana (Tree pose)
First stand properly and straightly, and place your feet together keep your knees completely straight. Keep your arms at the particular sides.Without twisting your left knee, lift up your right foot and hold the lower leg (ankle) from your right hand. Once you are well balanced, take a deep breath in, gracefully raise your arms over your head from the side, and bring your palms together in ‘Namaste’ mudra (hands-folded position). Make sure left leg is straight. Look forward.
Benifits: This pose leaves you in a state of rejuvenation. It stretches the legs, back and arms, and invigorates you.It brings balance and equilibrium to your mind.It helps improve concentration.This posture has been found to relieve some cases of sciatica.It makes the legs strong, improves balance, and opens the hips.Helps those who are suffering from sciatica.
3. Adho mukho Svanasana (Downward facing dog pose)
Start on your hands and knees in a table top position with your hands and knees shoulder width apart. Your hands should be slightly in front of your shoulders. Spread your fingers wide on your mat with your middle fingers facing forward. Firmly press your palms flat on your mat.
Curl your toes under. Exhale slowly as you lift your knees off of the floor and send your hips skyward. Press your chest back toward your thighs.
Move toward straightening your legs and lowering your heels, but don’t lock out your knees or try to force it.
Benifits: Stretches your hamstrings, calves, feet, and hands.Strengthens your arms, shoulders, and back.Improves mobility in your digestive system.Relieves back pain, headaches, insomnia, and fatigue.
These are few ones to get started with. There are many more poses that will be introduced in next blogs. Stay tuned.stay healthy.