There is no denying that yoga is great for your health. The benefits of yoga are vast and well documented, so if you are looking for reasons to start – there are plenty. From stress relief to improving your heart health, fighting depression, reducing chronic pain to just simple bettering a quality of life and staying healthy, the benefits are many.
You do not need to be fit, active and flexible to start. Below are three very simple poses that even a toddler can do. They will kick-start your yoga adventure and benefit your body and mind in the process.
The Cat Arch
How to: Get on your hands and knees. Put your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips. When inhaling look up and point your chin to the ceiling and at the same time arch your back pull your belly to the floor. Exhale and roll your head down to look at the floor, at the same time rolling your spine up to form an opposite arch with your back pointing to the ceiling, just like a cat would do. Repeat slowly five times.
Why: for aiding digestion, detoxifying liver and for help with sleeping
The Corpse Pose
How to: Lying flat on your back, bring your feet about 50cm apart, point your toes outwards to the sides. Stretch out your arms about 45 degrees to your body with your palms up and fingers curled in. Keep your head laying on the floor with your gaze directed to the ceiling. Close your eyes. Take three deep breathes and stay in this pose for at least 5 minutes.
Why: for lowering your blood pressure, calms, improves concentration
How to: lay on your back with your butt touching the wall and your legs up against the wall so that your body forms a letter L. You may place a rolled blanket under your lower back for support. Stretch your arms on the floor next to your body with your palms down. Stretch your toes as if you want to touch the ceiling. Breathe deeply and hold the pose for as long as you like. When you are finish bring your knees to your chest and roll on your side.
Why: for alleviating headaches, boosting energy and relieving lower back pain
Yoga has been linked to many health benefits and is suitable for everyone no matter how fit you are. Just about everyone can do it, so why not you?