The various daily occupations, the constant stress of everyday life or even inactivity generate tensions in the body and mind. It is necessary to carry out activities and carry out actions that help us to clear ourselves and improve our quality of life. It can be from a good diet, to entertainment and exercise. A very good alternative to reduce stress and accumulated tension is yoga.
Why is yoga an alternative?
When we lead a sedentary lifestyle or have had little physical activity, we necessarily have to start conditioning our body. This can be done very successfully through yoga postures.
From the flexibility that can be obtained with yoga, various benefits can be achieved:
- Improve body posture, which prevents injuries and contractures
- Have a more active and therefore healthier lifestyle
- Prevent injuries when working out, playing sports and more
Some yoga poses for flexibility
These yoga poses are quite simple. They can be done in a room with little space, regardless of age, physical condition or gender. It only takes the interest to improve our physical and mental condition.
1. Ananda Balasana or happy baby
Its name is due to the fact that it is a position that babies perform constantly, so they are in the very nature of the human being. It is done as follows:
Lie down on a solid, flat surface with your back fully supported.
Bring your knees to your chest, raising your feet and taking them by the tips with your hands.
The legs should be at a 90 degree angle.
The posture should be held for approximately 2 minutes, concentrating only on the breath.
2. Balasana or the child
This is a simple posture, but very powerful. It helps strengthen back muscles, improve flexibility, and can also improve sleep. It is done using the following instructions:
Balasana or the child
Sit on your heels; that is, with the legs folded and with a straight back.
Lean forward, fully extending your arms.
The chest should be glued to the knees and the buttocks to the heels.
Stay in the position for 2 minutes, paying attention to your breath.
3. Uttanasana or the clamp
This posture is a little more advanced and therefore with greater benefits for the flexibility of the body. Above all, in the upper and lower part of the lower extremities. This pose is highly recommended for relieving depression problems, headaches, and more.
It is achieved in the following way:
Spread your legs hip-width apart and get into a standing position.
Breathe in, lean your body forward as you exhale, bringing your trunk as low as possible.
Place your hands behind your ankles for a better grip.
Hold the position for 2 minutes.
Practice yoga at home with Gaia.com
– Discover new yoga practices of all levels, from yoga for beginners to vinyasa flow, with world-renowned teachers.
– Practice yoga adapted to your lifestyle: use simple filters to quickly select your perfect class with the duration, objective, level or style that you prefer.
– Bring energy to your day by increasing your concentration and productivity and improve your mood by creating a positive tone for your entire day.
Subscribe to Gaia to have access to more than 800 yoga and meditation classes in Spanish with the best teachers here!