Yoga has spread its roots all across the world after originating from India due to its uncountable benefits. The fitness industry has seen a transformation from weight training to yoga and hybrid workout routines have the way for the co-existence of both weight training as well as Yoga. However, Yoga remains popular due to its easy access to the masses. The entry of influencers and celebrities has provided a major boost to the Yoga industry. With various social media platforms, the reach of Yoga techniques has reached every household. The perfect amalgamation of traditional techniques and modern approach has helped millions to adopt a fit and healthy routine. There are a plethora of secret benefits hidden in various techniques of Yoga. Yoga poses not only boost physical health but also improves mental health. Yoga steps help in fighting stress, anxiety, and depression, and improving concentration. Yoga steps are capable of hitting each and every body part. Here are the top 6 Yoga poses that you can try at home or gym to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
1.Baddha Konasana (Cobbler Pose): The easiest of all, Baddha Konasana can be performed while sitting on a simple mat. You have to bend your knees with the soles of both the feet touching each other. You should sit with your spine straight. Hold the ankles of both legs, inhale deeply with your shoulder blades dropped downwards. The pose can be made more complex by bending forward and touching the ground with your chin. This pose will help you in keeping your thighs and buttocks in shape. The extra fat on thighs can be shed using this pose.
2. Setu Bandhana: Also known as the bridge pose, Setu Bandhana can be a little challenging for beginners. However, the pose can be mastered with a few days of practice. Lie down on your back with your palms facing downwards by your sides. Bend your legs from your knees while keeping your feet together and lift your hips off the floor while keeping your feet on the ground. Hold this pose for a few moments. You can lift your hands above your head to make this pose even more challenging. This pose is very helpful in fighting depression and anxiety. It also helps in fighting back pane and toning the lower thighs. It is an equally useful exercise for your mind.
3. Balasana: Balasana or Child Pose is another great exercise for a healthy heart. You can perform this at the end of your workout session for complete relaxation. To perform this asana, you have to sit on the floor with your knees bent. Just keep in mind that your knees should not be joined together and your hips should be resting on your heels. Start bending forward slowly is such a way that your upper torso is on your thighs. Bend down further to touch the floor with your forehead. Put your hands behind your back in such a way that your palms are facing upwards. This pose relaxes all your muscles after you’ve completed an intense session of workout.
4.Vrikshasana: This Yoga pose is also known as the Tree pose. Vrikshasana is performed by various fitness enthusiasts due to its benefits for the human heart. Start this pose by standing straight on the mat or ground with your hands by side. Now slowly lift your right leg with your knee bent and place the foot on the inner thigh of your left leg. Now lift your hands over your head and join them for a Namaste pose with your hands stretched. Try to maintain the balance for as long as possible and breathe normally. Now repeat the pose with the other leg. This pose boosts the health of your heart. Vrikshasana improves the heartbeat rate of the human body.
5.Dhanurasana: Popularly known as the Bow Pose, Dhanurasana is the most difficult pose to perform on this list. A little difficult for beginners, the Dhanurasana pose can be mastered with continuous practice. To perform this pose, lie down on the ground with your belly touching the ground. Now place your hands beside you with your palms facing upwards. Start bending your legs and try to bring the heels close to your hips. Complete this move by holding the heels with your hands right above your back. Lift your chin up while your chest still touching the ground. Look upwards and hold your breath in the same position. This pose is very helpful in fighting back pain, neck strain, and in boosting your skeletal and muscular health.
6. Sirsasana: Popularly known as Headstands, this asana involves standing on your head. There are enormous benefits of performing headstands. Lie down on a mat or ground and lift your body in a ‘V’ position. Place your head on the ground with both your elbows touching the ground right below your shoulders. Your palm should be placed on the back of your head to provide it the necessary support. Not start moving towards your head with your toes still on the ground. Keep your core tight and start by lifting you one leg. Now lift your other leg and straighten your core. You can initially take the support of a wall to bring perfection in your posture. There are innumerable benefits of this pose. It improves blood circulation in the body and helps in improving concentration. Several diseases like Diabetes can be brought under control and can even be cured. It also boosts the health of your scalp and promotes hair growth.