This guest post comes courtesy of Vineetha Reddy.
There’s nothing quite like a great session in the studio. You are constantly striving to get better, even if it is a small step at a time. In order to achieve this, it can be a good idea to continue working outside the studio as well. Certain yoga poses are great to practice at home and will complement your in-studio practice!
Any workout should start with a warm up. A warm up ensures that blood flows to all your muscles and keeps them flexible and warm. This prevents injuries and ensures you get the maximum benefit from your workout. Then go ahead and try these five strength-building poses!
1. For lower body strength: Chair Pose
To perform this pose stand with your feet hip-width apart. Your toes should be pointing forward. Take a deep breath and raise your arms straight over your head. This is your starting position. Bend your knees and lower yourself as if you were sitting in an invisible chair. Hold the pose, then go back up. Repeat.
2. For twist practice: Extended Side Angle Pose
This exercise strengthens your legs, knees, and ankles. Start off with a forward lunge with your right leg. Lower your left heel and pivot your toes to a 45-degree angle. Then, touch your left knee with your right forearm. Make sure to repeat on both sides!
3. For balance practice: Tree Pose
To perform tree pose, stand tall with your arms at your sides. Bend your right knee and place your right foot on your left thigh. Make sure your left leg is straight. Breathe deeply, and try and balance. Make sure that your spine is straight. Come back to the starting position and repeat with the other leg.
4. For flexibility: Forward Bend
Stand tall. Breathe out, bend your hips, and lower your head towards the floor. Go as low as possible. Cross your forearms. Let your head hang low. As you breathe out, lift your hip to the ceiling and hold the position. Place your hands on your hips and repeat.
5. For core strength: Plank Pose
The plank pose works your core, shoulders, and legs. Place your hands about shoulder-width apart on the floor. Slowly move your feet back till your body is horizontal to the floor. Lengthen your spine by straightening your head. Hold this for as long as possible. Lower yourself to the ground and repeat.
These exercises are simple and don’t require much time. What are you waiting for? Get started today.
About the author: Vineetha Reddy. Being a regular practitioner and adviser of everything related to health, fitness and yoga, Vineetha has also begun to write and contribute to this knowledge ecosystem. She strongly believes that the organic food you find in your pantry provide the best benefits for good health.