Yoga Poses For Mental And Physical Health

Author credit - Manmohan Singh.  A yoga teacher and a blogger.

Summary: Yoga is about connecting body, mind and soul. A healthy body and mind are needed for a happy soul to reside in.
The article will guide you to a healthy mind and body through these yoga poses.

Rightly said! Yoga is not just a workout- it is about working on yourself. In this hurried-up life, stress and body issues come in handy,
yoga is a perfect way to keep our body and mind fit. A healthy being is a combination of both mental and physical health.
Yoga is the therapy which rejuvenates you, provides inner-bliss, and keeps you focused, healthy, and stress-free.

Here are some yoga poses which are great for mental and physical health.

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Stand straight and keep your hands aside. Inhale and extend the hands up. While breathing out, bend your torso forward.
Make an effort to rest your hands on the floor while keeping your knees straight. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds.

Benefits: This yoga pose improves digestion, elevates menopause symptoms, reduces insomnia, headache, and fatigue,
relaxes the nervous system, strengthens knees, thighs, calves, and hamstrings. The pose is great for the overall mental and physical health.

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Lie straight on your stomach with hands beside the body -- legs and feet together. Now bend your knees and bring your heels close to your hips.
Rest your chin on the floor and try to hold your ankle with your hands. Raise your legs and head-trunk above the floor in order to lift your legs.
Your body weight should be on your abdomen. Hold the pose for thirty seconds to one minute or as per your comfort.

Benefits: It improves digestion, stimulates gastric secretion, massages abdominal muscles and organs, manage diabetes, menstrual disorder, and relieves back and neck pain.

Malasana (Garland Pose)

Malasana is also known as yoga squat. To do this pose, stand in Tadasana with your legs and feet together. Put equal weight on both the feet.
Keep your legs parallel while bending the knees and press your heels into the ground. After completely bending the knees, spread your knees
and then place your chest between your thighs. Place your hands on the ground. Maintain body weight equally on the outer and inner side of the feet.
Hold the position as long as you can.

Benefits: Stretches ankles, back, neck and lower hamstrings, improves digestion, encourages smooth bowel movement, opens groin and hips,
boosts metabolism, good for hip joint and pelvic health and tones abdominal.

Viparita Karani (Legs Up The Wall Pose)

Viparita Karani is a great yoga asana to boost and cope with all mental health issues. Lie-down with the face up towards the ceiling and hands
should underneath your body. Now hold your hips with your hands and balance the body on your elbow and arms. Slowly raise your legs and then your torso.
Your legs should be straight and at a right angle to your upper body or torso. Put your arms behind your head and support the whole body on your arms,
head, and shoulder. You can also use cushions and wall for the support. Hold the pose for 5 minutes. But as a beginner, hold the pose as per your comfort level.

Benefits: The asana boosts mental health. It treats depression, insomnia and calms anxiety. It also regulates blood flow, relieves menstrual cramps,
rejuvenates the body, and helps overcome the symptoms of sciatica, lupus, and arthritis.

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

The pose is usually performed at the end of the yoga session or after the completion of all the yoga poses. Corpse pose or relaxing pose is an
amazing pose for meditation. In this pose, lie down on the floor on your back. Keep your body straight and hands beside the body.
Your hands should be facing upwards. Close your eyes, relax, and breathe. Hold this position for 5 minutes minimum.

Benefits: Improves digestion, relaxes the body and mind, curbs the spread of diabetes, asthma, and constipation, improves concentration,
boosts mental health, and stimulates blood circulation.

Practice these poses to boost overall mental and physical well being.  Remember, health is wealth, and peace of mind is happiness. And yoga shows the way.

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