Yoga is all about creating a sense of serene balance and unity between the body and mind. When these two aspects of your being are in perfect unison with the other, an overwhelming feeling of contentment, happiness, and peace washes over you.
The best thing of all you don’t need to have undergone yoga teacher training in India or have thoroughly studied the tenets of the discipline itself to enjoy the health benefits of yoga. Even basic yoga poses such as the ones below (most of which can be done by a beginner) will be help you relax and heal your body.
As the foundation of all standing poses, chances are, this pose is probably the first one you learned when you started doing yoga. Despite its simplicity, the mountain pose can drastically improve your posture and balance.
For instant relief from stress, nothing can beat the cobra pose. This pose is especially great for people who have sedentary jobs and work in front of a computer all day, since it releases and removes a lot of tension from the back, shoulders, and torso.
The most basic of balancing poses, the tree pose can help improve your concentration and awareness. Lots of people swear that it can also reduce anxiety too. Another great thing about this pose is the fact that you can do it anywhere, even if you don’t have that much space or a yoga mat with you.
Downward facing dog
As one of the most iconic poses in yoga, the downward facing dog has a lot going for it than just mere popularity alone. This pose helps clear out brain fog, thus allowing you to think more clearly, ease out mental stress, and improve your cognitive faculties.
Half moon pose
Though its just a little more complicated than the tree pose, the half moon is still a fun pose to do during moments of anxiety. The fact that it can also improve your coordination and balance is a huge plus too.
The pigeon pose is a challenging yet rewarding pose. It releases much of the tension in the lower body (which is great if you are feeling discomfort in the area), and also opens up your hips.
Arms extended, feet wide- the warrior pose is a great display of force and power that it really does live up to its name. It gives you confidence and strength. And if you hold it for a while, the warrior pose actually can help tone your shoulders, legs, and thighs too.
The forward fold reinforces flexibility. It can help blood circulation, and relieve stress in the neck and back. Once you’ve gotten the hang of most of the basic poses in this list, it’s highly recommended that you try your hand at the forward fold too.
Legs up the wall
As the name suggests, this pose involves you placing both of your feet straight up and parallel against a wall. It’s great for curing lower back pain.
It looks like there’s nothing much to the corpse pose, but its appearances can be deceiving. It is the ultimate relaxation pose, and it’s the best pose to do after an extremely tiring day at work (or even after a workout session!).