The 5 most favourite yoga positions
There are amazing yoga positions, which are great for both mental and physical health and help you live a balanced lifestyle. You can learn these movements with regular practice even when you are at home or travel.
- Easy pose
It is easy as it sounds but has more benefits than you would think. You only need to sit down in a criss-cross position taking care of forming a triangle shape by the two thighs and the crossed shins, then put your hands on your knees and close your eyes. Pay special attention to keep your back straight so you can add some further breathing exercises also, such as alternate nostril breathing or breath retention.
- Tree stand
Tree stand is a balancing posture which helps stabilize your body and focus your mind. You have to start it from Mountain pose (stand up straight, keep your shoulders rolled down and gaze ahead). Shift your weight onto the left foot and slowly bend your right knee. Move on to placing your right foot onto the insight of your left thigh then raise your hands above your head. Stay here for 30 seconds, take a few deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
- Triangle pose
Besides improving balance, the triangle pose perfectly combines strengthening and stretching and increases circulation in your abdomen, lower spine and pelvic area. Stand in Mountain pose and jump your leg about 3 feet apart. Turn your left foot in and the right one out, raise your hands in shoulder-line, tilt your torso towards the floor and touch the floor with your right arm, facing the left towards the sky. Turn your head also up along your left arm and don’t let your hips roll inward. Stay here, breath and repeat on the other side.
- Pigeon pose
This is one of the best stretching poses for the hips and the upper body. Starting from hands and knees, place your right foot behind your hand, setting your knee in front of you. Then, move your left leg backwards, until your thigh is resting on the floor. Push up your upper body with your hands, lift your chin, arch your back and look up. Take some breaths, bend your torso forward and rest your head on your arms in front of you. Take a few more breaths and repeat it on the left.
Savasana or Corpse pose is perfect if you want to end your yoga practice with some breathing exercises. You only have to find a comfortable place and lie down on your back. Rest your arms next to your body and don’t let your feet roll out. Close your eyes and focus solely on your body, especially on your inhale and exhale. Relax all your muscle groups from the top of your head and your face muscles to the toes. It deepens your relaxation and helps your body process the work it has done.
These movements can be easily done by yourself but you have to take special care to perform them accurately to avoid injuries.