Discover how a single yoga workout can help motivate you to commit to a daily practice. At LifeChanging Studio, we not only specialize in Pilates, we cater to all the yogi’s living the hectic city life as well.
When yoga workouts are practiced consistently, it will bring more meaning, provide more grounding, reveal openness, and give you a greater sense of stability in every aspect of your lifestyle. Sometimes it’s essential to rely on a solid structure to help bring in positivity into your life easier. Today, LifeChanging Studio covers how to build a foundation for a steady yoga workout.
A can-do attitude is vital.
The beginning of something new awakens the inner child in everyone. One might feel a sensation of motivation and energy that will help you in taking the first steps towards your new yoga workout. The last thing you want is for your new found regimen to be boring if not properly prepared for.
With daily practice of your yoga workout, it will come to you like second nature. Your mind will grow and gain the ability to focus, trust, and let go. By repeating these short yoga workouts, it will also bring drastic changes to your body’s strength and flexibility.
The short workout.
LifeChanging Studio invites everyone of all levels to practice the short yoga workout below.
1. The Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Bhujangasana, or the Cobra Pose, opens up the shoulders and the neck to stretch muscles in the upper body. A little time spent in this pose can reduce stress and anxiety, as it relieves discomfort in the muscles. The benefits of this posture include strengthening the arms, increasing flexibility, toning the abdomen, elevating mood, firming the buttocks, improving blood circulation, digestion and menstrual irregularities, and more. It is essential to keep your shoulders broad, but relaxed, and focus on inhaling deep and gently exhaling when doing this pose.
2. The Fish Pose (Matsya)
Matsya, or the Fish Pose, improves metabolism, which makes it a great pose for those who wish to shed weight. It is believed that if you perform the pose in water, you’ll be able to float like a fish. Practicing the pose can restore spinal strength and overall body balance, consequently leading to a better physical and emotional outlook of the performer. Additionally, it stimulates your cervical muscles, thorax, rib cage, the lungs, which helps relieve your fatigue in an instant. Certain advanced variations of the Fish pose will help you acquire perfectly toned glutes.
3. Cow pose (Bitilasana)
Bitilasana, or the Cow Pose, takes its name from the Sanskrit word as the posture resembles the body position of a cow. It increases flexibility of the neck, shoulders, and spine. The movement also stretches the muscles of the hips, back, abdomen, chest, and lungs. It is an easy, gentle way to warm up the body, which provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs. The cow pose is normally incorporated before any heavy sequence, ideally at the beginning of a yoga class, and it is almost always practised with the cat pose. Although it is a Level 1 pose, contraindications and cautions need to be kept in mind. If you are experiencing any neck discomfort or injuries, protect it by broadening across your shoulder blades and drawing your shoulders down. Always come back to your breath to coordinate the movement with your body and don’t let the mind wander!
4. Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
Urdhva Mukha Svasana, or the Upward Facing Dog, is one of the most common yoga poses that is essential to master to prevent injury. This foundational pose is a powerful one that awakens upper-body strength and offers a great stretch for the chest and abdomen. It can improve your posture, strengthen the spine, arms, and wrist, stimulate abdominal organs, help relieve fatigue, and is known to be therapeutic for asthma. The difference between this pose and the Cobra Pose is that your legs and pelvis are well off the floor in Upward Facing Dog. A helpful tip when practising this pose is to visualise the pose once you’re moving into it, like you’re pulling your chest forward and through, not pushing it up away from the floor.
Let our qualified yoga instructors at LifeChanging Studio guide you in this spiritual practice. We offer a variety of yoga classes such as Hatha yoga, Absolute hot yoga series, Vinyasa yoga, and Iyengar yoga. For more information, contact our team here.