The Different Types of Yoga Poses and Their Benefits
There are many different types of yoga poses such as balancing, binding, chest-opening, inversions, seated, and standing poses to name a few. And there are as many benefits as there are different types of poses. In this post, we will look at the benefits of three yoga poses.
When first starting out, it would appear that standing poses would be the easiest to master. Often though, it is not that simple. For standing poses to be most beneficial, you have to make sure you are getting everything right. You need to concentrate on proper alignment so that everything else works well. When your alignment is good, you are concentrating on your core strength, and strengthening your legs, hips, back, and shoulders. This will then help you maintain a good posture, which will reduce back pain and muscle stiffness.
Standing poses are all about strength. This is especially true if you take the time to hold the pose for minutes rather than a few seconds. Standing poses are also about balance. Not just balance as in ‘not falling over’, but also as in making sure your weight is evenly-distributed. Good posture comes from good alignment. If you focus on correct alignment, you will improve your posture. Thinking about posture in your yoga class will also help you in your daily routine. All this comes from good standing poses.
Balancing poses are not just about physical balance. They are also important for mental balance. Additionally, balance poses are not one type of pose, but part of almost every other pose. One thing to remember is that balance poses exercise a variety of different muscles. Thus, it is important to practice a variety of different poses in your daily routine. Here are a few benefits of balance poses.
Balance poses improve coordination, which increase strength and stability. In turn, this reduces the risk of injury, especially as we get older. As with most yoga poses, balance promotes strength, it strengthens legs, knees, arms, wrists, and shoulders. Depending on which type of pose you are practicing, of course. Balance poses also help with your emotional balance. They relieve stress, lessen tiredness, and decrease tension. Additionally, they affect concentration and memory in a positive way.
Inversion poses are all about putting the head below the heart. While headstands, handstands, and forearm stands immediately come to mind, many people find these types of poses difficult. But don’t worry, for the less able or adventurous, there are other, gentler poses. Downward Dog, Forward Fold, and Happy Baby are three examples that will do the trick. Note that inversion poses can exacerbate pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart conditions, neck injuries, and epilepsy. Please talk to your family doctor and teacher to make sure it is safe to start practicing them.
Let’s continue to the benefits of inversion poses. From a physical point of view, reversing blood flow improves circulation, memory, and concentration. It also prevents illnesses by strengthening the immune system. From a mental perspective, inversion poses build confidence and help you relax by relieving symptoms of mild depression. They also ‘literally’ help you to see the world in a different way, which is never a bad thing. Finally, inversion poses remind us that life is a journey. Success does not come easily or quickly, but with practice, it does come eventually.
Starting off practicing these three types of yoga poses will increase your overall strength and flexibility opening up a deeper practice and preparing the body for the more rigorous types of poses at the advanced level. They also offer many benefits as described above. Having a daily yoga practice that includes the types of poses will lead to a generally happier sense of well- being and increased fitness.