Yoga For Strength

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Yoga serves several purposes. It can be used for overcoming stress, countering breathing problems, lower blood pressure, and many more disease specific poses. Yoga can also be used to build up endurance, strength and muscles. Yoga is known to strengthen the body as well as the mind. Yoga will work on your core muscles, and help you build muscles while relaxing and vitalizing your entire body.

You might find the yoga poses for building muscles difficult at first. But as your muscles build up, you will be able to perform these exercises with ease. You can increase the intensity of the stretches once you begin to find them a little too easy.

Here are a few yoga poses and stretches that will help you and guide you as a beginner:

  1. The tree pose: Start by standing with your feet stretched apart. Now, inhale slowly and deeply and lift you right foot. Try to place your right foot on your left thigh or left knee. Do not bend your left knee. All your weight should gradually transfer to your right foot. Now, join your hands together and raise them as much as you can. Hold this position for some time and breathe deeply. Now get back to normal position and repeat the same thing with your other leg.
  2. Downward facing dog: Start this pose on all fours. Slowly, lift your legs off the floor until you are only supported by your feet. Similarly, lift your entire upper body and take support of only your hands. Hold this position for at least a minute, and breathe deeply.
  3. The bear Adonis Golden Ratio pose: Start by standing with your feet wide apart. Bend your knees and try to come down into a squatting position. Stretch out your arms in front of you. Try to keep your back straight during this exercise. Hold this position for some time, and breathe deeply.
  4. Dolphin pose: This pose is an extension of the downward dog pose. While in a downward dog pose, bring your arms closer to the floor. Your head will also come in contact with the floor. Hold this position for at least a minute, and inhale and exhale throughout the exercise.
  5. Warrior pose: Start by standing with one foot in front of the other. Your toes should be pointed outwards. Spread your arms apart and stretch them over your head. Bend both your knees a little. Hold this pose for a few seconds. Inhale and exhale deeply while holding position.
  6. Cobra pose: This is an excellent pose that will help you grow stronger as well as stretch your muscles. Lie down on your stomach. With the help of your hands, push your upper body off the floor. Arc your back as much as you can. Try to straighten your arms but do not lock your elbows. Hold this position for some time, and breathe deeply.
  7. Awkward chair: Start this pose by standing straight. Keep your feet close together. Slowly bend your knees almost like you are about to sit on a chair. Stretch your arms upwards. Hold this pose for a few Breathe deeply while holding this pose.

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