Yoga is a great way of strengthening both your body and your mind. It increases your energy and helps you to stay both focused and relaxed throughout the day. It not only improves flexibility and gives you a healthy body but also helps you to develop a calm and sharp mind. Here are ten simple yoga poses that you should be practising every day to stay fresh and healthy. It is a simple practice that doesn’t require any unique accessories, and it can be performed anywhere you want. But yoga kits can still be pretty expensive especially if you’re a student on a budget. Head to www.couponhub.ca and use your CouponHub student discount to get fabulous discounts, promotions and deals on yoga accessories.
1) Standing Side Bend
This can get rid of back pains and elongate a compressed spine. First, stand straight with your legs hip-width apart and place your left arm behind your head keeping the right hand at your side. Bend to the right side lowering the right hand towards the floor. Pause, and slowly come back up to the starting position. Repeat on the other side.
2) Cat-Cow Stretches
Get on all fours with your hands and knees on the floor. Your shoulders should be over your wrists and knees underneath your hips. Lift your head and arch your back while inhaling. It is the cow pose. Next, round your back and exhale. This is the cat pose.
3) Downward Dog
This pose stretches your back, hamstring, calf and shoulders and it relieves you of insomnia, fatigue and headaches. Begin in a kneeling position and then get in the downward dog pose with your hands and feet on the floor and hips towards the ceiling, so your body looks like a triangle. Bend your right elbow towards the floor and then repeat on the left side.
4) Bridge Pose
This pose stretches your spine, chest and neck and relaxes your brain reducing stress. Start by lying on your back with your hip-width apart. Lift your tailbone up towards the ceiling. Press your heels down and rest your shoulders on the ground. Interlace your fingers and press them down on the ground under your elevated mid-section.
5) Mountain Pose and Raised Arms
Stand upright with your feet hip-width apart. Distribute your weight evenly between your feet. Your hips should be aligned directly over your legs and feet. Raise your arms above your head and join your palms. Raise the heels off the floor and stand on your toes. Hold this pose for a few seconds.
6) Eagle Pose
This yoga pose helps to stretch the shoulders and the back and improve the strength in the legs. Cross your left thigh over the right thigh and hook the left foot onto the right shin or ankle. Inhale while you slowly bend your knees while holding the pose. Hold for 5 seconds and then repeat on the other side.
Stand firmly on the ground with your feet placed wide apart. Now, bend your knees and squat. Then, press your palms together in front of the chest and hold the pose so that that elbows are in front of the knees. Repeat five to ten squats in your daily yoga routine.
8) Pigeon Pose
Get on all fours with the hands and knees on the floor. Bend and extend the right leg forward with the feet pointing left. Place the right leg flat on the floor. Balance your weight evenly so the upper body is not rocked to one side. Inhale and exhale deeply while holding the pose. You can also extend your upper body forward and rest it with the elbows on the floor. Repeat the pose with the left leg.
9) Thread the needle
This yoga pose decompresses the chest, opens the shoulders and calms the body. Start on all fours with hands and knees on the floor. Inhale and lift your right side above your head. Exhale while bringing it down and reach your arm to the left from under the body. Push gently with the left palm on the floor and twist your body to face the ceiling. Unwind and then repeat the pose on the other side.
Finish your daily yoga routine with the corpse pose. Relax your body and lie down flat on your back. Your arms should lie relaxed by your side with the palm facing the ceiling.