Yoga is not merely about exercising; it entails the art of living. Yoga has become the perfect way of taking a break from the fast paced lifestyles. Some of the most popular yoga poses are listed below.
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
This on-the-go yoga pose consists of standing erect with feet apart and bending over at waist, planting the hands on the floor on each side of the feet. This pose helps strengthen the calf, thigh and hip muscles besides improving the flexibility of the spine.
- Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
Another of the easy yoga poses is Utkatasana which involves bending at the hip and the knees in a chair-like position with arms extended straight above the head. This yoga posture helps tone the leg muscles and enhances the strength of shoulder and chest muscles.
- Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose)
This pose involves bending forward on one knee and extending the other leg behind with arms raised above the head. This amazing yoga pose works the shoulder and neck muscles in order to get rid of neck and shoulder pain problems.
- Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose)
A slight modification of the warrior I pose, warrior II pose involves bending on one knee with the other leg stretched straight and arms extended sideways. It provides instant energy that helps enhance the performance besides fortifying the leg, groin and shoulder muscles.
- Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III Pose)
Warrior III pose is a further up gradation of this posture. It involves balancing the entire body weight on one foot with the other leg raised backwards parallel to the ground while bending over at waist at 90 degrees and arms raised above the head.
- Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
A popular intermediate level pose, the extended triangle pose consists of planting the feet wide apart in an inverted V shape and bending laterally at the waist with arms extended such that one is wrapped around the ankle while the other points skywards.
- Parsvottanasana (Pyramid Pose)
One of the high level yoga poses, the pyramid pose includes placing both the feet in a row facing the same direction and then bending sideways at the waist over a leg and placing the palms on the ground on each side of the leg.
- Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
Stand upright with feet slightly apart. Then bend one of the knees such that the sole rests against the opposite knee and bring the palms together at front in the form of a salutation. This posture works wonders to improve stability and balance.
- Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
This intricate posture involves standing tall and then wrapping one leg around the other and entwining both the arms together. Besides helping with balance and concentration, the eagle pose improves the digestive functions and increases the circulation to joints for greater joint strength.
- Utkata Konasana (Goddess Squat)
This beginner level yoga pose consists of standing with arms and knee bent at right angles such that the thighs and upper arms are parallel to the ground. This pose stretches the lower leg as well as upper limb muscles and energizes the body.