Daily Yoga Pose
Pose Name: Forearm Wheel
Sanskrit Pose Name: Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana
Chakra: Heart Chakra
Level of Pose: Advanced
Health Benefits: Improves postures, reduces stiffness in spine and strengthens back muscles. Stretches core, quads, hip flexors and chest. Opens the shoulders and gives you a burst of energy.
Emotional Benefits: Helps you release emotional blocks to close relationships and allows you to open the heart chakra in order to access higher vibrational consciousness and universal love.
Instructions: Begin by laying on your back and bring your palms next to your ears facing down with your fingertips facing your shoulders. Bend your knees so your heels touch your backside with your feet on the floor. Press into your hands and feet lifting your hips. Look at your hands and bring one elbow to the floor and then the other. Press the chest forward to bring the bend into the upper spine and maybe straighten your legs. Come up by lifting one elbow and then the other.
Pose Name: Half Lotus
Sanskrit Pose Name: Ardha Padmasana
Chakra: Sacral Chakra
Level of Pose: Beginner
Health Benefits: Can help reduce menstrual pain and alleviate mild back pain. Stretches hips, knees, thighs, and ankles. Helps circulation in pelvic region.
Emotional Benefits: Can reduce feelings of sadness and depression as well as reduce stress and anxiousness.
Instructions: Begin seated and bend your right leg placing your right heel on your right hip and turning the bottom of your foot up. The left leg bends in under the right leg. Breathe and lift the chest to straighten the spine. Hold the position for a few rounds of breathe before switching sides.
Pose Name: Bow Pose
Sanskrit Pose Name: Dhanurasana
Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra, Throat Chakra & Sacral Chakra
Level of Pose: Beginner
Health Benefits: Stretches chest, shoulders, thighs and improves spinal flexibility. Improves oragan health in through, chest and abdomen. Strengthens your back.
Emotional Benefits: Energizes you and opens you to be more loving.
Instructions: Lay on your stomach and bend your knees. Reach your hands back and grab your ankles. Kick into your hands so your chest and knees lift off the ground. Pull your knees in towards each other to relieve pressure on the lower back. Take three deep ujayyi breaths.
Pose Name: Warrior One
Sanskrit Pose Name: Virabhadrasana I
Chakra: Root Chakra
Level of Pose: Beginner
Health Benefits: Strengthens legs, ankles, core and arms. Stetches shoulders, hips, calves, thighs and ankles.
Emotional Benefits: Helps you feel grounded, stable and capable.
Instructions: Start in plank pose. Step your right foot forward between your hands. Pull your back foot in a few inches and as you inhale, reach your arms up towards the sky lifting your chest. Bring your arms in line with your ears with your palms facing each other. Spin your back heel down and point your left toes at a slight angle. Pull your left hip forward and your right hip back so they are in one line. Point your tailbone down. Pull your lower belly in. Firm the thigh muscles. Spread the toes. Knit your front ribs together and slide your shoulder blades down your back. Take three deep ujayyi breaths. Return to plank position and repeat teh same thing on the left side.
Pose Name: Wheel
Sanskrit Pose Name: Urdhva Dhanurasana
Chakra: Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra and Heart Chakra
Level of Pose: Intermediate
Health Benefits: Energizes the body. Stretches shoulders, increases spinal flexibility, improves respiratory health, helps with asthma, infertility and osteoporosis. Strengthens arms, lungs, spine, wrists and legs. Stimulates pineal gland and thyroid. Strengthens your cardiovascular, nervous, lymphatic and endocrine systems.
Emotional Benefits: Decreases depression.
Instructions: Being laying on your back and bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor and your heels are in to your backside. Place your palms on the floor next to your ears with your fingertips pointing towards your shoulders. As you inhale lift your hips and press into your hands. Come to the top of your head and make sure your elbows are in, no wider than your shoulders. Feet should be no wider than your hips. Keep pressing into your hands to keep pressure off of your neck. On your next inhale, press equally into your hands and feet and lift your body. Take a few deep breaths through your nose and then slowly lower yourself back to the ground. Do the pose three to six times for more energy and finish by hugging your knees towards your chest slowly to neutralize your spine.
What is Yoga?
In Sanskrit, yoga literally refers to a connection or uniting, or the act of discipline. A practice that dates back thousands of years, yoga involves a combination of meditation, movement, and spirituality to bring us into connection with the Universal energy that allows us to connect with our soul. Yoga guides us to enlightenment, not just through the flows and poses themselves, but through a retraining of the mind that harnesses the energy of the body to expand one’s consciousness. Yoga has many forms and the benefits reach far beyond the physical body. Like meditation, yoga is a personal practice that will look different from person to person.
What are the Different Types of Yoga?
In the west, there are 22 main different types of yoga. The poses in traditional yoga are called asanas. The traditional branches of yoga include Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara, and Ashtanga. Traditional yoga almost always includes mantras, breathwork, and meditation. Kriya yoga, kundalini yoga, and yoga nidra focus more on the emotions, mind, and soul through a development of the mind and energetic body. Recently, more westernized versions have evolved, giving us Bikram, Restorative, Yin, hot yoga, and many other variations.
It’s important to realize that every type of yoga will have an entirely different feeling, depending on the style, speed, environment, and the teacher (if there is one) - so don’t let one bad experience throw you off. Yoga takes study, persistence and personal dedication. Keep experimenting until you find the style that works best for you and your unique needs.
How to Decide Which Type of Yoga is Best For You
If you are looking to lose weight, a regular vinyasa or heated vinyasa class can help speed up your metabolism. The emotions can best be aided in slower, more traditional forms of yoga where meditation and breathwork are prioritized. Hatha yoga is a great way to prepare the body to sit in meditation. Ultimately, reading about the types of yoga will allow you to intuitively pick a type that will help you grow the most.
If you’re dealing with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, or abusive relationships, just getting to class can be difficult. Not everyone has access to a yoga studio either. At Daily Life, we want to assist you in developing your yoga practice by meeting you exactly where you’re at. Check this page every day for a new daily yoga pose that you can experiment with in the comfort of your own home.
How Does Yoga Affect Mental Health?
Yoga is continually prescribed to help people with depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health issues. While yoga is not a substitute for serious mental health condition treatments, it can be incredibly impactful as a supplement in the healing process. Yoga helps regulate the chemical balance and hormones in the body, bringing the mind, body, and soul into harmony. Because yoga teaches us how to manage our mind while strengthening the physical vessel we take through the world every day, yoga can be a crucial catalyst of growth and healing.
How Does Yoga Improve the Mind?
Yoga works by making you more conscious of your mind, allowing you more control over what you keep inside it. For many people, yoga is actually much more about the mind than the body. A lot of people don’t realize the myriad mental benefits of yoga that they keep going back because they start to feel a little better each time. The gentle coaxing of the teacher, the fluidity and flow of movement, and the calmness of the yogic mind all contribute to the health of the mind.
How Does Yoga Affect the Soul?
Yoga’s purpose is to connect you with your soul. The Ego, the sense of one’s self as a physical being in the world, often obstructs our ability to communicate with the soul, which is where the true self is housed. Yoga allows us to raise our health and emotional state to be able to perceive the higher frequency through which our soul communicates with us. Once we establish a clear channel through which to access our soul, we can align our thoughts, motivations, words, and actions to be in harmony with ourselves and the life force that we are all a part of on this planet.
How Does Yoga Improve the Body?
Yoga improves the 10 main systems of your body: skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, and respiratory systems. As if that’s not enough, yoga is designed to bring harmony and balance to the mind, body, and soul. If the mind and soul are not in balance, the body will feel the effects. Adopting a regular yoga practice into your daily life will allow your brain function to improve and your body to detox as well as strengthen itself to defend against illness naturally. Yoga is the science of optimization.
Can Yoga Assist in Weight Loss?
Yes! Yoga stimulates the metabolism and internal organs, regulating digestion. With consistent practice, yoga builds momentum that aids in weight loss in various ways. As your muscles grow and strengthen, your body burns more fat since the fat cells store the energy that is used to feed the muscles. Even breathwork can improve the metabolism because it creates heat in the body, causing the metabolism to speed up. Of course, yoga is not an overnight fix (but what is?) and the results will be greater with more frequent practice.