No matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, there is always room for improvement in your yoga practice. There are a few yoga poses that no matter what stage of practice you are in, or what level you have reached with the pose, have great health benefits to both your body and mind.
It doesn’t matter if you are doing diaphragmatic, deep rib cage, or pranayama breathing – research shows that if you breathe deeply and slowly, you can reduce stress, increase energy, lower blood pressure, help mitigate pain, and reduce blood pressure. These health benefits are impactful for everyone – no matter your age, physical activity level, or current state of health.
Using gentle movements like cat/cow, circling your wrist and ankles, and flexing and pointing your feet all help connect you with your body. You will regulate your breathing and help with both blood and lymphatic flow. With gentle, flowing movements, you will feel your muscular and mental tension dissipate.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Mountain pose will help with your posture throughout the day – which can affect your breathing, digestion, and mood. If you have poor posture, it can create a strain on your joints and lead to premature wear and tear. Practicing this pose will help you carry better posture into your everyday life.
Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Downward dog is a yoga staple. You will practice this pose in almost every yoga class you take. This pose simultaneously works your upper and lower body, while opening your chest and lengthening the backs of your legs. This is a pose that is easily modified no matter what skill level you are at.
Side Plank (Vasisthasana)
Side planks not only work your glutes, hips and core, but also help maintain strength and stability in your upper body, which is especially helpful for women, who tend to lose upper body strength with age. When doing a proper side plank, almost every muscle in your body will be helping to hold the position, and you’ll get a great balance and concentration challenge too!
If you want more insight into what yoga poses will best benefit your body, attend one of our yoga classes. We want you to get the most from every workout you do at the Boston Athletic Club in South Boston. For more information on our club or our group exercise classes, contact us online or call us at (617) 269-4300.