The way you maintain your body while you are standing, walking, sitting or sleeping influences the functioning of your body. Good body posture allows your body to function properly while a poor posture interrupts with different mechanisms going on in your body and puts unnecessary stress on your muscles and joints leading to stiffness and pain in a long run.
Several health problems arise merely due to poor body posture which if ignored may lead to severe condition over the years. The consequences of poor body posture lead to improper blood circulation, frequent headaches, bad mood, carpal tunnel syndrome (tingling, numbness or weakness in the hand), constipation, joint pain, fatigue, low energy level, poor breathing etc.
Surprised to know all the negative effects! Till now you might not have an idea about how important is it maintain a good body posture. But now that you know, ensure to maintain correct body posture all the time until it becomes a habit. Today we have brought for you 8 basic yoga postures which will guarantee excellent body posture. Image Source
Important Note: Practice the following poses in the same sequence given below. It is best to practice empty stomach, early in the morning when the air is fresh and surroundings not disturbing. Second best time is evening, though there must be a gap of 5-6 hours after you have had your afternoon meal. Don’t overstretch your body, practice according to your capacity. Go slow and hold the pose for short duration if you are completely new to yoga.
Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
The most basic aspect of a good body posture is standing correctly. Mountain Pose teaches you the alignment of your head, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, spine, buttocks and feet while you are standing. You become aware of every single part of your body when you practice Mountain Pose. Image Source
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(Cow Face Pose)
Expand your chest by locking your hands behind your back in Gomukhasana. This seated posture known as Cow face Pose stretches the shoulders and gives your chest the lift it needs. Practicing Gomukhasana increases the flexibility of shoulder joints reducing the general stiffness in neck and shoulder muscles. This pose can also potentially cure a frozen shoulder. Image Source
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Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
Move your body backward in Ustrasana in order to improve your body posture. Camel Pose will keep an eye on the alignment of your spine and shoulder. Practicing this pose realigns a rounded back and drooping shoulders. It offers other great health benefits as well, such as keeping the reproductive system healthy. Image Source
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Kandharasana (Bridge Pose)
Lift your spine in Bridge pose to keep it healthy. Just like Ustrasana, Kandharasana also corrects rounded shoulder and realigns the spine effectively. You will find it easier than Ustrasana. It is the kind of asana that you would want to practice every day due to its simplicity and the fun it adds to your practice.
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Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Here comes the master of all foundational yoga poses. Bhujansana makes your spine strong like that of a Cobra. When you will practice it for the first time you will realize how weak your back muscles have become due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Take the least support of your arms and allow your back to make all the efforts to lift your body in Cobra Pose. Image Source
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Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Not so straight upper back? Try Dhanurasana! Bow Pose corrects hunched upper back.This yoga posture activates the muscles, ligaments and nerves. The spinal column is realigned reducing stiffness in the back. Dhanurasana also stimulates the functioning of several body organs improving overall health. Image Source
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Shashankasana (Child’s Pose)
Now comes the time to simply relax after practicing above yoga poses. Shashankasana is an excellent yoga posture to relive all the stress from each and every vertebrae. It gives a very gentle stretch to the back muscles and strengthens them. You will love the calming effects of Child’s Pose on your mind and body.
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Supta Vajrasana (Sleeping Thunderbolt Pose)
Stretch your shoulders and expand your chest by practicing Sleeping Thunderbolt Pose. Go directly into Supta Vajrasana from Shashankasana, as the base position for both of these yoga postures is Vajrasana. This yoga posture realigns rounded shoulders. Practice it to add more to your attractive looks.
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After having done with all the poses, finish your yoga practice with Shashankasana.
The above-mentioned yoga poses come with multiple health benefits and that gives you a big reason to start practicing. Give your body the love and care it deserves.
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