Fun Yoga Poses
Yoga is not just your typical workout; it is a group of disciplines that is known to have originated in India during the 5th or 6th century BCE. It has also been speculated by experts that it originated during pre-Vedic Indian traditions. During the 1980s, it became popular as a system of physical exercise when it was introduced to the western world. It is not just a cool fitness activity, it is also a philosophy that includes meditation and touches an individual’s spiritual core.
Performing yoga can be a bit challenging and difficult to perform for beginners. If done on a regular basis, yoga can be extremely beneficial for an individual. It offers holistic benefits not just for the body, but also the mind, and spirit. Fun and easy poses will make yogis enjoy performing it on a daily basis. People always enjoy a fun challenge, with regards to yoga, a little challenge is sometimes needed for an individual to perform and when successful the feeling of satisfaction keeps the individual interested. If an individual doesn’t have the drive to do something, there is a big possibility their interest will dwindle and go down and there is a tendency they will not stick to it. To make yoga a habit, finding fun poses can be a great challenge for fitness lovers to keep them practicing it daily and experience the benefits it gives.
Also known as Trikonasana in Sanskrit, this pose can be done by following the steps:
- At the top of the mat, keep the arms at the sides and both feet equally distanced from each other.
- Focus on breathing, and release all stress and distractions by breathing slowly and fully. Be aware of your body and focus on your inner being.
- Keep both feet wide apart approximately 4 feet and making sure both heels are aligned with one another.
- Turn the right foot 90 degrees which makes both toes point toward the top part of your mat. Keep the right kneecap aligned with the center of the right ankle.
- Next, pivot the left foot towards you and maintain the back toes on a 45-degree angle. Lift by using the arches of both feet at the same time keep the ankles rooted down.
- Then raise both arms to the side, as high as the shoulders. Keep both arms aligned over your legs. Keep the palms face down and reach from fingers to fingers.
- Exhale and reach the right hand on the same direction the right foot is pointed. Keep the left hip shifted in order for the pelvis and tailbone tilt towards the direction behind the left foot.
- Then, fold at the right hip and at the same time the right ear, shoulder, and knee must be on the same plane, make sure to avoid dropping the torso towards the front. Turn the left palm forward with the fingertips reaching towards up.
- Then, rest the right hand on the outer shin. You can place your hand on a block if you are using one. Keep shoulders aligned with the left shoulder directly above the right.
- Next is to gently turn the head to gaze at the right thumb.
- Then, draw down towards the outer part of the back foot.
- Extend both sides of the waist, keeping equal at all times. Lengthen the tailbone towards the back heel while keeping the left arm aligned with the shoulders.
- Hold the pose for a minute and then slowly release, inhale and press the left heel firmly and slowly while lifting the torso. Lower the arms and turn towards the left and reverse the feet position, and this pose can be repeated by doing the opposite side for maximum benefits.
Triangle Pose Benefits
By performing the Triangle pose, it offers relief of the pain in the lower back. It also relieves tension and stress. Digestion problems will be greatly reduced and therefore improve an individual’s metabolism while the chest and shoulders will be opened accordingly. The different muscles such as hamstring, hips, and groin will experience a deep and relaxing stretch. This pose is also helpful for relieving anxiety, sciatica, and osteoporosis. Triangle pose is known for improving balance and stability of the physical and mental aspect of an individual.
Balancing Star Pose
Also known as Utthita Tadasana in Sanskrit, this pose can be done by following the steps:
- Start this pose by performing Downward Facing Dog pose.
- Then step both feet together with the big toes touching each other.
- Then, move the right hand over to the left approximately 6 inches so it will be positioned on the upper center of the mat.
- Step the right foot forward two inches and set the sole of the right foot on the mat with the toes pointing towards left.
- Roll open to the right side and lift the left hand from the mat.
- Slowly raise the left leg up into the air. Balance by using the right hand and foot. Keep the shoulders, spine, and hips aligned and gaze towards the left hand. Press the right fingertips into the mat in order to take the pressure from your wrists.
- Hold this position for five deep breaths while maintaining the inner core strength and also keeping the pose steady and stabilized.
- Release the left hand and foot to the mat and then return to the Downward Facing Dog pose, this pose can be repeated focusing on the opposite side.
Balancing Star Pose Benefits
By performing the Star Pose, it helps align the spine correctly. It stretches and lengthens the individual’s body. It also reduces pain in the back and shoulders. When done correctly, this pose will stretch all the muscles in the body, therefore enhancing an individual’s strength and body tone. It also improves the respiratory, circulatory system and relieves the tired muscles from tension and stress.
There are more fun yoga poses that can be challenging for yogis or even beginners. By performing different yoga poses, an individual can stay focused while maximizing the benefits of performing yoga regularly. The worst thing that can happen is when a person becomes bored and unchallenged during yoga, especially for fitness enthusiasts who enjoy it on the daily basis. Trying out different yoga poses can keep an individual interested and make the fitness activity fun and exciting.