Yoga to Build Strength
By A Live Yogi – www.aliveyogi.com
Gone are the days where a yoga practice meant putting aside 90 minutes of your life each day! Modern yoga is for every-BODY.
You can be young, old, have limitations and injuries and you can still find the right style of yoga that is perfect for you.
But we get it, getting to a class, with our busy schedules, can be difficult right? (Not to mention expensive).
Which is why we fell in love with A Live Yogi.
A Live Yogi is an online studio allows people to connect to classes and teachers from the comfort of their own home, anywhere in the world.
Starting a home practice is beneficial for beginner yogis through to the more advanced yogi – it allows you to explore the variety of classes, poses and movement in your own space, with shorter or longer classes – depending on your energy levels.
Dedicating yourself to a regular yoga practice has significant benefits, on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
In India, where yoga first originated, yoga is a daily practice, that being, yoga in all of its entity- from asana (the physical postures) to pranayama (breathing techniques), to meditation.
If your aim is to build strength in your body, roll out your mat and try these 5 foundational standing poses. The wonderful thing about these 5 poses is that they can create a sweaty power flow to get the heart pumping or be incorporated throughout a gentle flow to be suitable for beginners.
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Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog is a pose that you will most likely encounter in gentle or power yoga class, it may have even been the first yoga pose you learned when starting a yoga practice. This amazing foundational pose creates strength in the arms and legs as well as stretching through the hamstrings and releasing through the shoulders.
This great strengthening pose which looks like a variation of Downward Facing Dog is actually a half inversion. Dolphin pose builds strength in the arms, legs, core, shoulders (as well as opening through the shoulders) and is a great preparation pose for forearm stands.
This deep hip opening pose is strengthening to the arms, legs and glutes. It improves stability and also opens up the chest, shoulders and upper body stiffness. Warrior 2 not only strengthens your body, but also to your mind with increasing your ability to concentrate.
Another great pose that can easily be modified to match every body type and level of
expertise. Extended Triangle strengthens and tones the legs and core muscles. It can also assist in releasing tension from the shoulders and neck and opens the hips.
Extended Side Angle
You may have experienced this strong standing yoga pose in a yoga class when a few breaths may feel like an eternity! As well as strengthening and toning to the legs and abdomen…this wonderful pose improves flexibility of the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders and improves stability and balance. Just like Warrior 2 pose, Extended Side Angle helps you get in the zone, come back to your breath and increase your ability to concentrate.