I am feeling tired from the past few days. The gym that I used to go to isn’t going to open soon. And I do not know why but my body was feeling kind of uneasiness. Honestly, I wasn’t feeling energetic. Not too soon I realized that I wasn’t doing exercises on a regular scale or at least the way I used to. It was not long before I saw the visual of Baba Ramdev. Stretching? Eh. Yoga pose! Yes, I was perplexed with yoga poses but later I was like- Why don’t give it a go?
After a week…
As soon as I started doing these yoga poses, my body has opened. My back feels alive again. I always doubted yoga but there might be something magical to it. The best thing about this was- I felt good after doing it. Many of you in this period might be feeling tiresome and restless. Do these postures with proper breathing and loosen up your body. Open up your body with breathing and Yoga. Apparently in my small experience, the stretches reach out to points of your body where normal exercises fail.
Let’s open up your body with these 5 postures
1. Half moon pose
Ardha Chandrasana is a yoga pose that strengthens your shoulders, hamstrings, and calves.
Importantly it’s a type of body balancing yoga known to increase the flexibility of bones. Another benefit is reducing anxiety and improving digestion.
To do it:
Stand up straight. Then lean over to one side to bring your hand to the ground slightly ahead of the foot on the same side of the body. Raise the back leg. Slowly start to raise your other arm up to the sky.
If you are comfortable with neck try to place your gaze at the hand raised above you. Now repeat the same with the other leg. Do it for 5 minutes.
2. Warrior pose
This is also one of the important yoga pose in many routines. This yoga pose is excellent for improving the strength of the core and of the entire lower body.
It’s also great for stretching hips, chest, and thighs. Above all it is especially good for opening the shoulders and external rotation in the hips. This pose energizes the entire body.
To do it:
Take a wide stance with your leg. Now place your left foot backward on the ground. Then it’s time to roll your shoulders back. And lift your chest. Slowly lift your arms up.
If you are good, touch your palms together. Exhale and bend your right knee to make a right angle. Raise your arms overhead. Be careful not to overarch your back. Hold for 8-10 breaths, then repeat with your left leg making a right angle.
3. Bow pose
Firstly the aim of the yoga pose is to make a ‘Dhanush’, an archer’s bow. To sum up this yoga pose stretches the whole front of the body.
Not to mention strengthening the entire back, and improving posture and spinal flexibility. It gives a good stretch to your belly. In addition it is a great stress release, improves digestion, and has a reputation to cure menstrual disorder.
To do it :
First, lie on your belly. Maintain weight on your lower abdomen. Then bend your knees, and gently lift your thighs from the floor.
Let your hands reach behind, and grab those ankles. As you inhale raise the thighs, head, and chest. Then exhale and lower the head, chest, thighs, and feet back on the mat. Do 10 breath cycles.
4. Cobra pose
Indeed its’s time to be like a cobra with its hood raised. This is a damn good yoga pose for straightening your back and opening your chest and shoulders.
Also it decreases the stiffness of the lower back additionally relieving discomfort in muscles of the neck and stomach. Furthermore, daily doing this pose can go a long way towards lightening stress and anxiety. Moreover it’s benefits include easing depression.
To do it:
Lie on your stomach. Then spread your hands on the floor under your shoulders. After that tug your elbows against your rib cage.
As you inhale, slowly straighten your arms and lift your chest from the floor, easy and smooth. Keep your lower ribs on the floor. That’s it. Continue for 8-10 breaths.
5. Child’s pose
Time to rest now. This is the simplest resting yoga pose for stress or tension relief. Also, it’s excellent for digestion.
To do it :
Start from sitting on your knees. Then lower your head to the ground together with your hands reaching forward otherwise you can put them by your sides. It could be difficult to breathe at first but go at your own pace. Relax. After all you’ve earned it.
And that’s it from my side. These are the poses that worked for me and you do try these yoga poses in the serial order as our aim is to stretch the body slowly and steadily. In conclusion have a great stretch, y’all.
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