Daily Yoga Pose
Pose Name: Corpse Pose
Sanskrit Pose Name: Savasana
Chakra: All Chakras
Level of Pose: Beginner
Health Benefits: Reduces insomnia, calms nervous system, helps lower blood pressure, restores and rejuvenates the body's energy by combating adrenal fatigue.
Emotional Benefits: Can help alleviate mild depression and reduce anxiety. Brings balance to either hyperactivity or sluggishness.
Instructions: Lay on your back with your palms face up along side of your body. Allow your akles to turn up. Relax each part of your body from your toes up to your ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hips, stomach, spine, chest, shoulders, arms, neck, hands, face and head. Feel the weight of your body supported completely by the ground. Let your mind be completely still and just let your natural breath occur. Lay in savasana for 7 to 10 minutes and slowly get up after stretching gently.
Pose Name: Half Sleeping Pigeon
Sanskrit Pose Name: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
Chakra: Sacral Chakra
Level of Pose: Intermediate
Health Benefits: Stretches psoas, glutes and groin. Can help relieve back pain and sciatica. Provides mobility and flexibility in the hips.
Emotional Benefits: Releases emotional tension stored in the largest muscle groups and largest joints in the body.
Instructions: Start in plank pose (push-up position). Bring your right foot forward and place your right knee by your right hand as your right foot comes toward your left hand. Eventually your hips may be open enough that your shin is parallel to your body but that takes a while. You can place a folded blanket under your right hip if it feels tight. Keep your right foot flexed to protect your knee. Your left leg is straight behind you and your toes are untucked so the top of your foot is on the ground. Look to make sure your left toes are not turning in but point straight back. Spin your right hip forward and down as you rotate your left hip up and back. Inhale and lift your chest up and slightly back. Exhale and lean forward and either bring your elbows to the ground or lay over your leg with your arms reaching forward. Take five slow deep breaths before lifting your chest and returning to plank pose to do the same stretch for the left leg.
Pose Name: Headstand
Sanskrit Pose Name: Salamba Sirsasana
Chakra: Crown Chakra and Third Eye Chakra
Level of Pose: Intermediate
Health Benefits: Improves brain health, hair growth and complexion. Reduces onset of grey hair by delivering nutrients to the scalp and stimulating hair follicles.
Emotional Benefits: Helps eliminate depression. Provides energy, clarity and stimulates the pineal gland which is the connection to the soul and spiritual realms.
Instructions: Begin by kneeling, placing your forearms on the ground and intlerlace your fingers, creating a basket for the back of the head. Place the top of your head on the ground and keep the elbows at a slight angle but not too wide. Lift your hips and walk your toes closer to your face. Engage your core and push into your elbows to lift your feet, slowly coming into a tuck position. If you feel comfortable, slowly straighten the legs and continue to breathe. Come out the same way you went in with control. Do not put too much weight on the head to protect the neck.
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: Handstand
Sanskrit Pose Name: Adho Mukha Vrksasana
Chakra: Heart Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra
Level of Pose: Advanced
Health Benefits: Improves cognitive functions like memory, imagination and clarity. Helps the complexion, heart and strength of the arms, back and core. It is a great circulatory flush.
Emotional Benefits: Helps you feel alert, energized and creative. Improves confidence and intuition.
Instructions: Start in downward facing dog with your hands close to a wall. Lift one leg as you inhale and as you exhale, hop up, keeping both legs straight and zip them together. Your fingers should be spread wide and hands should be shoulder distance apart. Do not bend your arms and keep breathing the whole time. Keep your leg muscles engaged for more stability.
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.
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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.