Yoga gains constant praise for its incredible effects on people’s physical and mental well-being. It is one of the very few athletic practices that activate every muscle in the body. And not only this, but the meditative nature of yoga also has the power to focus the restless mind, soothe the soul, and relieve tension.
Stress is an incredibly prevalent condition in today's society and is actually a significant factor in premature aging. There are many home remedies and alternative methods of rejuvenation that people use to try and turn back the clock. But why not tackle one of the root causes? Alleviating stress can have more than just the benefit of not feeling tense anymore.
Practicing yoga is an easy way to awaken your body and let the stagnant energy flow throughout. Maintaining a yoga routine on a long-term basis will keep this flow going and keep your body and mind loose and limber.
Here are five rejuvenating yoga asanas you can do daily to refresh your body and calm your mind.
This powerful yoga pose will help your arms, legs, and core become stronger and more flexible.
To start, stand on your mat with your feet slightly apart. Point your right foot to the side and your left foot inwards. Keep your body straight and faced forward. On your first exhale, bend your left knee. Then as you inhale, raise both arms outwards. Turn your head to the left and hold the pose for half a minute, breathing normally.
Tree Pose, an Underrated Yoga Pose
The tree pose is the best asana for good body balance. To begin, stand on your mat with both hands to the sides of your body. Bring your palms together in front of your chest and transfer your weight to your left leg (the one you’ll be standing on). Open your right leg and hip and place your foot against your left leg above the knee or on the calf to form a triangle. Breathe in and out a few times and slowly repeat with the other leg.
The seated twist is a great pose for boosting core strength, relieving tension in the hips, and improving your overall flexibility. Start this pose by sitting on your mat in lotus pose with your legs crossed. Extend your arms to reach the mat on each side of your hips. Breathe in and lift your arms over your head.
As you breathe out, twist your upper body to the right and bring your left hand to the outer right thigh. Place the right hand behind you. Turn your head towards the right shoulder. Hold this position for thirty seconds. Repeat on the other side.
Downward-Facing Dog, a Reliable Yoga Pose
For this anti-aging yoga pose, you may need a little initial flexibility. This asana is especially helpful for women going through menopause because it helps relieve back pain and strengthens the upper body.
Start the pose with your feet slightly apart. Lower your upper body to reach the floor with your palms. Your back and knees must be straight at all times and your body should form a triangle.
Breathe in and out normally as you remain in this position for 1-3 minutes, depending on how much you can endure.
Savasana (Relaxation Pose)
Usually, the Savasana is practiced at the beginning or end of a yoga sequence to relax the entire body and mind. For this pose, lie down on your mat with feet slightly apart and arms positioned on the sides of your body. While in Savasana, focus on your breath. This will help your body and mind wind down to a state of meditation (but try not to fall asleep!). You can remain in this pose for as long as you need, optimally for 10-15 minutes.
You can start by flowing through these five asanas on their own, or incorporate them into your longer yoga session. Remember - when you’re doing yoga poses of any kind, always listen to your body and do not push yourself to the point of pain. One of the most gratifying parts of any athletic practice is watching your progress over time - your body will get stronger and more flexible, just be patient.
Now we’d love to hear from you – what are your favorite anti-aging yoga poses? Share them in the comments below!