Yoga asanas and Their Benefits

Asana is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Asanam’ meaning posture or pose. There are more than ’80 yoga asanas’. Each ‘asana’ will help you learn more about body, mind and nature.

Yoga asanas are commonly known as Yoga Positions or Yoga postures. A male performing yoga exercises is called as ‘Yogi’, and a female practicing yoga is referred to as ‘Yogini’. Asana purifies and strengthens the body and mind. While practicing ‘asana’ make sure you breathe slowly and deeply.

Types of Yoga Asanas

Surya Namaskar: This asana is treated as the most important asana. Every session of yoga starts with a Surya Namaskar. Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation means bowing or worshiping the sun god.It helps in energizing the body.

Utthan Pada Asana: Utthan Pada’ means raise up legs. lie down on your back and lift your legs upwards. This strengthens the spinal code and gives relief from back disorders.

Paschimothan Asana: This asana is also known as touching toes posture, It means stretching the back. It works on flexibility and structure of the spine.

Bhujanga Asana: Bhujanga’ means a snake. This asana is named after the king of the snakes, Cobra. It gives a youthful appearance and for women it helps in easy delivery of the birth.

Salabha Asana: Salabha’ also called as locust is a type of grass hopper. This asana involves an opposite action of bhujanga asana. It majorly works on the organs of the lower part of the body.

Sarvanga Asana: Sarva’ is all and ‘Anga’ means body, hence it is an exercise for the whole body. This asana is practiced in such a way that the entire body weight is rested on the shoulders, and so it is called as ‘Shoulder Stand Posture’.

Hala Asana: Hala Asana also called as Plough Posture is a forward bending exercise. This asana is mainly practiced to improve sexual life.

Shava Asana: Shava Asana’ also known as ‘Yoga Nidra’. ‘Nidra’ means ‘sleep’ it a yogic method of sleep. This asana provides a satisfactory relaxation of body and mind.

Benefits from Yoga Asanas

  • Brings down pressure and stress levels
  • Enhances stamina flexibility and strength.
  • Improves concentration
  • Infuses impulse Control
  • Helps in recovery of injuries
  • Smooth functioning of the immune system
  • Improves body shape and muscle tone
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Results in rejuvenation and glowing skin
  • Refreshes mind and gives a positive attitude towards life.
  • Inculcates a sense of balance and internal harmony.

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