Posted By: Stella Pike | May 28, 2017
For a lot of people when they hear Yoga, the image that pops in their minds are those of the advance Yoga students that are already well into near levitation poses, posing like exotic birds with bodies contorted every which way in their pictures and almost floating. Those images are what scared them to try Yoga even if they very much want to get the benefits that Yoga brings. Don’t be like them, read and be enlightened, for that is the very main purpose of Yoga-enlightenment.
All of the stretching poses you do every day as you go about doing your tasks are all yoga poses. Standing, stretching your arm to reach the ingredients in the cupboard, bending to wipe the spilt milk from the floor and sitting while doing some things that make you stretch your hands away from your body are all Yoga poses. What is lacking with the actions you do as you go about living your daily life is the awareness of your mind about the actions. You stand and you know you are standing, but are you aware of the sensations that standing does to other parts of your body’s anatomy? Is the numbness on your ankle as you stand for way too long on one position gets you to notice and grab your attention away from what you are presently busy with? Sometimes yes, but most of the time no. And there’s where Yoga poses advances, from the simply common place every day routine to dramatically great holistic exercise.
Before you put yourself wholly into those exotic stretching’s and contortions here are a few simple basic Yoga poses to help prepare your body and mind for the more advance poses. These simple poses open the mind’s awareness of physical actions, connecting mind and body, honing the subconscious to become responsive with the physical positions, thereby aligning body and mind.
Downward Facing Dog is a standing, transition and resting pose all rolled into one. This stretches the whole body and is performed in frequent intervals in almost all Yoga routines.
The rest of the poses are progressions from standing pose, continuing stretching and flexing into another slightly complicated poses. Equipping your body for the more advance and the more complex poses. The most important thing is that you learn to become conscious of the pulling and the stretching, slowly reshaping your body and mind into a connection and making you generally aware of the alignment of your body’s posture whenever a position engage your body.