An acquaintance of mine was always interested in yoga, but never really understood what it could do for her body and mind. When I began explaining the benefits of the standing yoga poses she was disappointed that she hadn’t looked into starting yoga classes sooner. Do you know exactly how yoga can benefit you?
Yoga isn’t just about meditation and balance. It is actually beneficial to your mental well-being and overall health. How exactly can yoga help your body and mind? By reviewing four of the basic standing poses you can begin to see exactly how beneficial yoga can be.
• One of the first yoga poses you will need to learn is what is referred to as the mountain pose. This particular asana is used in almost all yoga classes and it’s the pose in which most standing poses start from. The mountain pose will help you develop better posture, balance and will help tone your abdominal muscles too.
• Of all of the standing yoga poses, downward facing dog has to be the second most popular. This pose, while one of the easiest to master, is also one of the most beneficial. The downward facing dog pose helps stretch your back, opens up your chest, builds upper body strength and can actually relieve back pain, headaches, fatigue and can even help with the symptoms of menopause.
• The extended side angle pose is another one of the standing yoga poses that is great for beginners while being very beneficial to the body and mind. This pose will help strengthen your thighs, knees, hips and ankles and will also stimulate your abdominal organs.
• The pose referred to as Warrior I will most likely be taught to you shortly after you learn the above three yoga poses. This pose is one of my favorites. Not only does it strengthen the shoulders, arms, thighs and back, but it also improves digestion, balance and concentration.
Of the hundreds of standing yoga poses to master, these are probably the four most popular and some of the easiest to learn. They are great for building balance and leading you into more advanced yoga poses. When signing up for yoga classes ask the instructor if these particular poses will be covered. Not only will they be impressed with your knowledge, but it will give them a better understanding of what you expect from yoga.