Yoga has become one of the most popular forms of exercise for women to date. The female body is absolutely stunning when assuming the position of a yoga asana. Each pose demonstrates the body’s unique structure and capability as well as offering a numerous amount of benefits for today’s woman. If you are struggling with stress, fatigue, hormone imbalances, high blood pressure or any number of female problems, then yoga is for you!
A consistent yoga practice can offer a significant decrease in the amount of stress you feel throughout your day. Research has found that both the breathing techniques and the practice of asana help to clear and calm the mind. Each class is begun with a focus on your breath.
Ujayii breath: The breath that is used in yoga consists of inhaling and exhaling through your nose as deeply as you can. While breathing deeply, you create a slight constriction in the back of your throat so that you can hear the breath as it passes in and out of the body. This sounds like waves ebbing and flowing through your being and quickly calms you down inside and out.
Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana): One of the best and easiest yoga asanas you can do to relieve stress is a seated forward fold also known in Sanskrit as Paschimottanasana. It will awaken your parasympathetic nervous system, allowing your body to slowly calm down. The heart rate and blood pressure decreases and your tension and stress melt away.
It is quite common to rush into a yoga class after a long days work and plop on your mat exhausted. But it’s rare that you will ever regret choosing yoga over being a couch potato. Beside the breath, one of the greatest ways to wake yourself up is by performing Sun Salutations also known as Surya Namaskars. The purpose of Sun Salutations is to salute the sun with a thankful heart for the gift of a new day and life-giving energy. It wakes up the energy in the body and gets the blood flowing to wake you up. Take a look at the video below to see how to do one full Sun Salutation:
Relieve Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
As women age, our bodies start to malfunction in certain areas, particularly in the hormone department. If you struggle with an imbalance of hormones, there are certain poses that can really help alleviate those symptoms. Here are three poses that can help you out:
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandasana): This pose increases the amount of blood flow to your head. This lets the brain know it’s time to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate down. A cooling effect is felt from this because it will lower your body temperature that will help alleviate hot flashes and rapid heart rate.
Child’s Pose (Balasana): This pose is so relaxing and comforting, you feel like you are safe and sound in your mama’s belly. This will stretch out your hips, a place where many women hold tension from stress. It will relieve headaches that are often associated with hormone imbalance. Decrease your blood pressure and calm your mind and body.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana): As we start to get older we tend to lose our ability to balance. This pose will increase your ability to focus, strengthen stabilizer muscles, and give you extra practice strengthening your balance.
Don’t pass up the benefits that a consistent yoga practice can offer the modern day woman. Get started today and reignite your vitality and feminine power! Also, stay tuned for Part 2 in this series, Yoga For Men.
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