September is National Yoga month. Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years. The origins of Yoga began in Northern India and included sacred texts written on fragile palm leaves. Yoga is a compilation of physical, mental and spiritual practices that include breath control and meditation through specific body postures. Today, Yoga has become more modernized and has been easily incorporated into the lives of many individuals’ wellness regimen.
Yoga has been known to lower blood pressure, increase flexibility, reduce insomnia and the more advanced yoga can even help strengthen and tone muscles. This month there are several yoga studios that are participating in National Yoga Month by providing one week of free Yoga. To try Yoga for one week in participating studios, you can sign up here: http://www.yogahealthfoundation.org/oneweekfreeyoga
And to help kickstart your Yoga week, we’re providing you with the top 4 basic Yoga positions to try at home or wherever you feel most at ease.
DOWNWARD DOG POSE
This pose is also known as Adho mukha śvānāsana, adho mukha shvanasana, downward-facing dog pose, downward dog, or down dog. To perform this pose, first find your balance and ensure that as move down, your stability is in your hands and feet. Slowly extend your spine as you move your hands further out and extend your spine.
Also known as Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, the bridge pose is a backbend that you can practice in various ways depending on your flexibility. Start by laying down on your mat. Bring your knees up and finally lift your pelvis up. Your hands should be extended out under your rear.
This pose is also known as Child’s Resting Pose or Bālāsana. Start by sitting on your knees and then bring your rear back and your head and hands down towards the ground.
The mountain pose is also known as Tadasana and Samasthiti and it is a standing pose. This pose requires you to stand up straight with your hands by your side and palms open. Slowly come up to the balls of your feet, close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
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