September is National Yoga Month
Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years as a natural technique that helps focus the mind and body. Yoga has many benefits, such as increased strength, improved flexibility, better breathing capacity, and reduced stress levels. If you’re new to yoga and want to reap the many benefits of natural wellness (this National Yoga Month or year-round), you can try one or more of these seven beginner-to-intermediate poses:
Downward Facing Dog
A natural backbend that helps open up the chest and shoulders. It can stimulate your kidneys and groin, release tension in your lower back while also toning your arms. Downward Facing Dog pose also can increase hip and hamstring flexibility.
This natural balance pose helps you focus on your breathing, and it can strengthen the ankles, legs, toes, and knees. It also increases upper body strength while helping to improve your standing posture.
Half Boat Pose
This balance-focused pose helps to stimulate the abdominal organs and strengthen your arms, thighs, hips, calves. It may also improve digestion while releasing tension in your neck and shoulders. This is great for toning your abdominal muscles and building your natural sense of balance. If you’re flexible and feeling adventurous, you can try the more intermediate Full Boat Pose, which has you extending your legs straight while in the same position as the Half Boat Pose.
This beginning-intermediate pose tones your waist and may even aid you in losing body fat. It is particularly great for stretching and loosening up your inner thighs and groin. Triangle Pose is another great way to help build your balance.
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A natural backbend that helps tone and strengthen your abdominal muscles and lower back. It can also help open up the front side of your body while relieving lower back pain. Cobra Pose is a great way to stretch out after sitting at work all day or even more involved activities like hiking or exercise. Cobra Pose is particularly interesting in that it may enhance your focus while improving cardiovascular capacity.
Warrior Pose I
This natural bodyweight exercise helps build endurance and strength in the legs. It is also an excellent pose for building natural core strength, which increases your innate sense of balance. Additionally, this pose helps to relax your arms and back. Warrior Pose I may help tone your leg muscles while improving coordination and agility as you hold this natural balancing act longer with each passing day.
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