Yoga has many amazing benefits and all of the positions and poses each has it’s own benefit. Yoga also helps to improve posture which in turn gives you many benefits including a much healthier body.
Many people have very bad postures which have gradually gotten worse over the years without them even noticing. By getting and maintaining a good posture you will strengthen your back muscles and have amazing health benefits.
Practising yoga regularly can help to maintain good posture as well as increase your strength and flexibility throughout your body as a whole. When starting out, some yoga poses may seem difficult, but with practise you will find them easier and easier and you will certainly feel the benefits from them.
Here are a few tips on how you can maintain good yoga positions. Being able to execute the positions in the proper manner will give you the fullest benefits from each pose.
Stand with the base of your big toes touching and your heels should be slightly apart. Then life and spread your toes slowly and also the balls of your feet, and then lay them softly down on the floor. Next, try rocking yourself back and forth and then from side to side. Gradually reduce your swaying until you are standing still in the centre with your weight balanced evenly on both feet. The more you practise yoga the easier this will be and soon you will be going straight to the standing position with good balance.
Next, you want to harden your thigh muscles and lift your knee caps. Try not to tighten the muscles in your lower belly. To make the internal arches stronger, life the inner ankles and then try to picture a line of energy running up and along your inner thighs up to your groin. Keep picturing the energy running up through your torso, neck, head and then out through the crown of your head. Turn your upper thighs inward slowly and make your tailbone longer toward the floor.
Next you want to push your shoulder blades back and then down. Then lift the top of your sternum up toward the ceiling, try not to push your lower ribs forward. Let your arms hang down by your sides.
The crown of your head should be balanced over the middle of your pelvis. Keep your chin level with the floor, your throat should be soft and your tongue relaxed and flat on the floor of your mouth. Soften your eyes.
The pose that you are now in is called ‘Tadasana’ and is the initial yoga position for most of the standing poses. If you can correctly do the Tadasana pose and feel comfortable and relaxed in that pose then you have a great headstart to doing the other standing poses. It is beneficial to hold this pose for between 30 and 60 seconds and keep your breathing slow and relaxed.
Remember, although yoga sometimes seems difficult, all it really takes is a bit of practise and when you are doing yoga regularly you will enjoy its many benefits for the rest of your life.