Those who have been doing Yoga for long would know that it’s not just another set of exercises that simply helps one lose weight, improve breathing or increase blood circulation, but it’s a way of life that helps individuals unfold the infinite potential of their mind and soul. So, if you haven’t been practising Yoga until now, assuming that it’s just another swami mumbo jumbo, here are five yoga exercises and their proven benefits you must know.
It is a warm-up yoga exercise that helps ensure your body is ready for other yoga exercises. It’s a basic yoga pose that involves standing with feet joined together and hands stretched on the side. Tadasana not only improves blood circulation and body posture, but it also helps strengthen the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees and ankles.
2. Surya Namaskar
It is a simple yet effective yoga exercise that is practised early morning to keep the body healthy and energized. Some of the many benefits of Surya Namaskar include – improved mental and physical balance, healthy digestion, relief from constipation, cure for blood pressure and increased basal metabolic rate. The best thing about this yoga exercise is that it’s a confluence of 12 yoga poses, and therefore, it benefits all parts of the body.
3. Padahast Asana
This standing yoga exercise helps burn abdomen fat as it involves bending forward to touch the soles of the feet. Those who cannot reach out to the sole can begin by reaching out to the ankles or shins. Besides burning tummy fat, Padahastasana also strengthens the hamstrings, improves digestion and helps release mental and physical stress.
4. Paschimottan Asana
Paschimottanasana is a tummy toning yoga exercise similar to the Padahastasana and is good for those experiencing digestive disorders. The only difference is that unlike Padahastasana that’s a standing forward bend; it’s is a posture in seating and forward bent.
5. Pavanamukt Asana
This yoga exercise alleviates gastric problems such as indigestion and constipation. The pose involves lying down on the back and bending their knee towards the chin so that it presses the abdomen triggering fat burning in that region. Some of the other benefits of this pose include – improved digestion, strong back and abdominal muscles, toned arms and legs muscles.
Last Few Words
While Yoga is a powerful tool with umpteen benefits, people with high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, and with any medical condition must avoid performing any yoga & seek medical advise before doing any yoga exercise.