The search for a strong physical, mental, and spiritual health has led many people to practice the art of yoga. The origins of this discipline dates to ancient India and is part of Hindu philosophy. Yoga practitioners moved into Western societies during the 1800’s to spread their philosophy and their teachings have become a popular way of treating ailments in our fast paced society. People have reported feeling better shortly after beginning exercises for the first time. Among the standing balancing poses one learns are: Tadasana, Trikonasana, Parsvakonasana, Virabhadrasana, Parsvottanasana, and Prasarita Padottanasana. Each serves to provide various benefits to a person performing these techniques.
Tadasana, called the “Mountain Pose”, is the basic pose that beginners will learn. This pose allows one to become more mindful of their bodies; they become connected to the understanding that everyone’s body is not even on each side. This unevenness can lead to ailments developing in the body over time that can become painful. The practice of Tadasana helps people to become aware of their unevenness and develop ways to bring their posture back into alignment. The techniques also develop the skills one will need to perform more advanced poses.
One can expect their posture to improve by doing simple techniques. Tadasana strengthens the ankles, thighs, and knees while firming the buttocks and abdomen areas. Some people have found relief from sciatica and flat feet once proficient at this technique.
Trikonasana, referred to as the “Triangle Pose”, is the second method one will learn. One will form triangles with their legs, arms and trunk. One will learn to do numerous poses from this stance that can help strengthen certain areas and improve some body functions. There are basic and advanced poses one can do to achieve heightened results in body care.
This practice helps to tone and strengthen the arms and legs while increasing the flexibility of the spine, hip, and shoulders. Internal organs can be stimulated to perform better and enhance digestion. Many people find that their stress levels are reduced when doing Trikonasana. Women have reported finding relief from menopausal and pregnancy symptoms. Others have found relief with anxiety, neck pain, sciatica, osteoporosis, infertility, and back ache.
Parsvakonasana can be a little more difficult to do than Trikonasana and Tadasana. One will start learning how to extend their bodies while trying to keep balanced. This can be hard for beginners to do, but there are ways that can help them perform this technique so they can get the benefits.
Among the physical ailments that have been improved by Parsvakonasana are constipation, low back pain, infertility, menstrual pain, sciatica, and osteoporosis. The technique stretches the spine, groin, lungs, chest, spine and shoulders; this helps the abdominal organs to function better. One should find that their stamina will start to increase while their lower body becomes stronger.
Virabhadrasana, referred to as the “Warrior Pose”, has two variations that focus on upper and lower body strength. These techniques can be much more difficult than the previous ones and should be done with care as there is an increased chance on injury if not done well.
Sciatica pain is relieved through Virabhadrasana as the process strengthens the shoulders, arms, and back muscles. The calves, ankles and thighs also become stronger when performing this technique. One will also stretch their neck, shoulders, groin, chest and lungs to make them more flexible.
Parsvottanasana focuses on stretching the major muscles running alongside the body. One should expect to spend a little time on this technique without trying to overdo it. Parsvottanasana can be intense, but once one has mastered it, they will notice certain benefits.
Many people notice a peacefulness coming over them as they become proficient at this method. Flexibility increases in the legs, shoulders, spine, hamstrings, and hips as one does the stretching exercises. People have found their digestion improves. Many find their posture gets better and they have an increased sense of balance.
Prasarita Padottanasana involves a person standing with their legs wide apart as the go through their motions. When one masters this technique they should be able to place their feet, hands, and head flatly onto a floor as they can now stretch better.
People have found relief from headaches, mild depression and fatigue after doing this procedure. The abdominal muscles are strengthened and the inner and outer legs and spine flexibility increases.
Yoga helps the body come into balance and helps to relieve certain physical ailments.
Om Shanti Om ~ Amanda