A good posture creates a great impact on our overall health. It makes certain that the body is balanced to undertake day to day activities with more energy, liveliness and enthusiasm while keeping away from fatigue and stresses life has to offer. Sustaining a good posture plays a vital role of our health and also establishes that our bones are well aligned with the rest of the body and the tension in your muscles and ligaments is properly distributed. Having a poor posture has been associated with having lower energy levels, depression and body aches and pains. Unfamiliar to many people, a good posture is just as fundamental to having a healthy balanced diet, exercising regularly and sleeping restfully. Good posture, on the other hand, can make us look taller, appear thinner and feel more confident. It’s an important support to our overall physical health. Good posture will raise self-confidence, inner strength and positive self image. It definitely commands confidence. Our bodies are designed to regularly move so why don’t we start doing some Yoga poses to accomplish a good body posture which most of us have taken for granted until it backfire to us when we grow old.
Below are 6 basic Yoga Poses that will help us improve our body posture.
Hero Pose (Virasana)
It is derived from the Sanskrit roots vira, that means “brave person” and asana, implying “pose.” It is a seated yoga pose that makes it difficult to slouch. Sit on your heels and sit up straight with the crown of your head towards the sky. Going over the Virasana pose stretches the knees and thighs, ankles and significantly advances our flexibility. It also intensifies the strength of the arches of the feet.
Some of the benefits of the Hero Pose
- Strengthens the lower back and abdomen.
- Increases flexibility in the hips in internal rotation
- Relieves stress
- Improves focus
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
This is also known as resting pose in yoga that derives its name from from the Sanskrit words bala and asana, which means “child” and “pose.” It gently relaxes the muscles on the front of the body while softly and passively stretching the muscles of the back torso. During this exercise, one should make sure to maintain a focus on the way you are breathing. Balasana’s dome shape accommodates the perfect pose for enhancing the benefits of the inhaling and exhaling exercise.We unconsciously forget to focus on our breathing techniques, taking full breathes throughout the entire exercise.
Some of the benefits of the Child’s Pose
- It calms, and soothes the brain relieving stress.
- It can also help relieve back and neck pain.
- It is good for stomach digestion as it is a way to massage the internal organs and aids in the digestion.
- It reinstates balance and equanimity to the body.
Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
The term shalabh is a sanskrit word for grasshopper and asana as pose. An extraordinary pose that helps in strengthening the back. To be able to do this, one must lie on our belly with the legs together then bring the arms by your sides and extended back and then lift your legs, feet, head and chest upward.
Some of the benefits of the Locust Pose
- The pose improves the balance of the body, refreshes it and develops its endurance capacity.
- It stimulates the abdominal muscles and promotes good body posture.
- It strengthens the muscles of the buttocks, legs and arms remarkably.
- It Invigorates the mind
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Tadasana comes from the Sanskrit tada which means “mountain.” It is Yoga’s introductory or founding standing posture. Having to achieve this pose is very simple. Stand tall and feet must be together and the arms rest alongside the body while the head reaches upward. The pose is physically and mentally grounding with an intention to propagate the stability, strength and calmness of a mountain. It sometimes can be used to to form a connection with the earth.
Some of the benefits of the Mountain Pose
- Increases body and mind awareness
- Promotes good posture
- Harmonizes the mind, body and soul
- Relieves tension, aches, and pains throughout the body
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
The Sanskrit name for standing forward bend is uttanasana. It is performed to provide a strong stretch for the back. It is also an inversion because the heart is higher than the head when the body is in this pose. The feet are placed together flat on the ground, the legs are straight and the body hinges forward from the hips.
Some of the benefits of the Standing Forward Bend Pose
- It helps to stimulate the internal organs like the liver and kidneys.
- It aides in reducing a person’s fatigue and anxiety especially if he is expose to a busy and unhealthy lifestyle.
- Beneficial for people that have health challenges like asthma, infertility, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis.
- Significantly Improves digestion overtime
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
The Cobra pose is also known as bhujangasana in Sanskrit. This is an ideal pose for strengthening the back and opening the chest. To be able to perform the pose, slowly lie down on the stomach with legs stretched out. Place the hands directly under the shoulders with palms pressing against the ground. Lift the head, shoulders and chest off the floor, keeping the bottom of the ribs and abdomen on the floor. Slowly and gently arch the back, lifting the chest upward, keeping the shoulders down the back away from the ears and neck.
Some of the benefits of the Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
- It strengthens the spine, shoulders and abdomen.
- It enhances the form of the muscles in the abdome
- It firms and tones the buttocks
- It Strengthens the spine and increases flexibility
In conclusion, a posture is the distinctive characteristics of one’s way of carrying and projecting his or her body. Maintaining a good posture is very vital because it helps to prevent many ailments in the future. Good posture is all about being aware of your body and doing Yoga can help us achieve it. So what are waiting for, get up and start achieving that desirable and appropriate good posture.