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Throughout this sight and on my blog you will find different posts on all kinds of information from benefits of different types of yoga, to different reasons for taking yoga classes. The below gallery is a small snippet of some handy yoga poses for instant relief in differing situations. For more information check out my blog!
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Poses for Relief!
Uttanasana is perfect for lower back pain releif as it works by stretching out the backs of the legs and lengthening the spine, both of which relieve the lower back. It can be modified by keeping the knees slightly bent if straightening your legs completely hurts your back.
Do you suffer from bloating and gas pains? I highly recommend Apanasana as a pose for relief. Lie down, placing your hands on your knees. Exhale, and hug your knees to your chest. Rock your knees from side to side with your breath to maximise the stretch. Stay for five to ten breaths, and release your knees. Repeat this move a few more times. To modify the stretch, you can do one side at a time. Leaving your left leg extended, bring up your right knee and hold it for five or more breaths. Then, switch to the other side.
Adho Mukha Svanasana, also known as the Downward Facing Dog Pose, is without a doubt one of yoga’s most widely recognised asanas. This beginner-friendly asana is very beneficial for the fact that it helps get rid of fatigue, back pain and stiffness that we accumulate from sitting all day by stretching out the hamstrings, chest and lengthening through the spine. Furthermore, due to being an inverted posture, it provides additional blood flow to the head which can often be just the thing we need to relieve our headaches.
I am not gonna lie on a monthly basis I struggle terribly with my menstural cycle, the cramps and mental slump that often afflict many women! For me, my relief in these times is yoga. In particular I find that the physical, mental, and emotional benefits abound in the Viparita Karani (Inverted Leg) pose to be a saviour at such times. Like with many of the other poses out there, inverted leg pose improves circulation and digestion, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy levels, and soothes the nervous system. But, this pose is also said to increase creative thinking and problem solving (super helpful if you find yourself at the stage of menstruation where you feel like you can’t focus anymore!). Emotionally, inverted leg pose can help you keep your cool, even in the midst of angsty mood swings.