From your mental to physical health, yoga can be one of the ultimate healers.
It can help heal your mind, physical injuries, and improve strength throughout your body, so it’s no surprise that yoga is one of the most powerful forms of exercise and mindfulness.
To better your whole body, try out these 7 healing yoga poses.
Easy pose kind of is what it says it is. It’s simple and relaxing. Just sit in a criss-cross position with a straight back and your hands on your knees. A lot of practices combine easy pose with breathing exercises to add even more benefit.
Some of the breathing exercises that you can do in easy pose are:
• breath retention
• alternate nostril breathing
• cleansing breath
You can also choose to just sit in easy pose and focus on your breath’s natural rhythm.
Balancing postures like tree stand help stabilize your body and focus your minds. What I love about tree stand in particular is that it’s a great beginner balancing pose, but it’s still beneficial for advanced yoginis.
To get into tree stand, begin in mountain pose, then lift your right leg and grab hold of the knee. If you’re comfortable there, you can move on by placing your right foot onto the inside of your left thigh, then bring your hands into prayer position. Once you feel good here, you can complete the posture by raising your arms above your head, like in the photo above. Stay here and breathe, then repeat on the left side.
The great thing about tree stand is that no matter how far into the pose you get, your mind and body benefits.
Downward dog stretches and strengthens the legs and spine while strengthening your arms.
Start off on your hands and knees, then curl your toes under, and straighten your legs. Make sure you pull your shoulder blades together. You may want to walk your feet back a bit to get comfortable in this posture.
Once you’re situated, just focus on pushing down on the floor with your hands and keeping your back straight. Don’t worry if your feet don’t touch the floor – in time, you’ll get there.
Better posture, better balance, improved concentration and an overall sense of tranquility. What can’t mountain pose do?
Mountain pose is almost like the standing version of easy pose. Just stand up straight, with your shoulders rolled down and back and gaze ahead.
Bring your hands into prayer position, and breathe. Mountain pose is the starting point for many standing postures, but it’s also very beneficial on its own.
Cat and Cow Pose
Technically, this is two poses, but practiced together they are great for your back, neck, and for reducing anxiety and improving concentration.
Begin on hands and knees, with your hands right under your shoulders and knees right under your hips. From that neutral position, inhale and arch your back downward, tilting your head back.
On the next exhale, scoop in your belly and push with your hands to arch the spine upward, and curl your chin toward your chest. Flow between these two postures, following your breath – for 10-15 repetitions.
Stretch and strengthen your legs while improving your concentration and reducing stress!
From mountain pose, jump your feet apart, so there is about four feet of space between them. Turn your right foot out, so it faces the opposite wall, and turn your left foot in ever so slightly.
Bend your right knee as you raise your arms parallel to the floor, then turn your head to gaze out beyond your right hand. Stay here and breathe, then repeat on the other side.
Child’s pose feels relaxing, but it is excellent for recovering after any strenuous activity.
Begin by sitting on your knees with your back straight.
Bend at the waist, and rest your belly on your thighs and your forehead on the floor.
You can either rest your arms by your sides or extend them out in front of you for a deeper stretch in your spine.