When it comes to working out, strength and flexibility go hand-in-hand. Recently, Yoga has gained popularity across the world as a way of meditating and working out your body parts. Apart from stretching and bending, other Yoga exercises require vigor and power. Some of the Yoga poses that enhance strength and flexibility include:
The Upward Dog
It involves bending your back, stretching, and lengthening your spinal cord, torso, and arms. It is an essential pose in Sun Salutation, and it is often done during Yoga classes such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Power Yoga.
It reclines the chest and the spine and strengthens the arms, shoulders, and wrists. A stretched upper body enhances the individual’s posture. The practice is therapeutic for asthma. The back torso and abdomen become flexible, which stimulates the abdominal organs and enhances digestion. It relieves sciatica by strengthening the thighs and buttocks.
The Downward Dog
It is a standing position that includes a gentle inversion. It helps you build strength while stretching your whole body. It is also common in many yoga classes.
It rejuvenates and gives strength to the entire body. The mild inversion relieves fatigue, headaches, and insomnia, among others. The pose intensely stretches the hamstrings, shoulders, wrists, and spine, leading to strength build-up in your legs, shoulders, and arms. The blood flow to the brain calms the nervous system.
This is another yoga standing position named after Virbhadra, a mythological Hindu warrior. The Hindus believed that this warrior was an incarnation of the god Shiva. Therefore, Warrior 1 converts the intensity of this god into a powerful, stable, and focused pose.
You stretch the front body while building strength in your thighs, ankles, and back. It enhances breathing by stretching the chest and lungs It encourages flexibility and range of motion in your feet Cobra Pose
This is a slight backbend that prepares the body for a deeper backbend. It is an alternative to the
Upward Dog position.
Enhances the spine’s flexibility Stretches the lungs, making it therapeutic for asthma. Reduces stress and fatigue Stimulates abdominal organs, enhancing digestion.
It’s also a slight bend aimed at stretching the chest and the thighs. In this position, your arms and legs form a “locked bridge” with the rest of your body.
Since your heart is higher than your head in the bridge position, it relieves you from stress, fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia, among others. It calms the mind and has therapeutic benefits for hypertension patients. It opens the chest and lungs, making it therapeutic for asthma patients.
This pose is done while sitting down, with your spine straight and your legs spreading out.
Eradicates abdominal pains Removes fatigue Relieves menstrual discomfort and menopause symptoms Enhances flexibility in the hip and groin regions
Yoga does not only include simple practices and poses. The benefits of such exercises cannot be over-looked. The above poses are some of the best to boost your strength and flexibility.