I was asked one day to take a yoga class. I wouldn’t call myself a yoga master but one who loves to challenge my mind and body. All I can say is “WOW!” If you haven’t experienced yoga, you must give it a try. Hatha Yoga is the style I learned. Hatha Yoga, which means “union through discipline of force”. This style of yoga has grown in popularity in the West as a form of exercise that develops strength, relaxation, mental concentration and flexibility. I learned several yoga poses and would like to share a few with you.
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Start on your hands and knees, with your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Lift your buttocks up and back, drawing hips toward the ceiling. Straighten your legs and press heels gently toward the floor. Downward facing dog pose helps with a deep stretch to your hands, calves, hamstrings and strengthens the legs and shoulders.
Stand tall with feet close to each other and arms to your side. Press your shoulder blades into your back. Keep chin parallel to the floor. This pose uses all muscles of the body. It helps to improve your posture as well as reduces back pain.
Start in Mountain Pose with feet hip distance apart. Place left foot on your right inner thigh and making sure hip bone is facing forward. Fold your palms in front of your heart and gaze in the forward direction. The Tree Pose helps stretch the thighs, shoulders and groin. It also tones your abdominal muscles.
Lie on your back with your knee bent and feet on the floor. Extend your arms along the floor, palms flat. Press your feet and arms firmly into the floor. Draw your tailbone toward your pubic bone, holding your buttocks off the floor. Do not squeeze your glutes. Keep your thighs and feet parallel. Press your weight even across all four corners of both feet. Lengthen your tailbone toward the backs of your knees.
I found Yoga to be challenging as well as calming. After a class you will feel relaxed and wanting more. Like all other exercises please seek the advice of your Doctor before starting anything new. Namaste