Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Standing Asanas

'An asana is not a posture which you assume mechanically. It involves thought, at the end of which a balance is achieved between movement and resistance'

 Physical benefits 
  • Stretches the spine and trunk muscles. 
  • Tones the spine nerves and abdominal organs, improving the working of the bowels
  • Improves the appetite and assists digestion 
  • Promotes flexibility of the hips, spine, and legs
  • Reduces or eliminates pain in the lower back
  • Invigorates the circulation. 
  • Standing poses are especially beneficial to anyone who suffers from a shortening of one leg as a result of a fracture of the hip, thigh, bone, or bones of the lower leg 
  • Makes the ankles,knees and thighs very strong and elastic
Mental benefits
  • Alleviates anxiety and hypochondria
  • Reduces mental stress

Pranic benefits

  • Stimulates pranic flow to the spleen, liver, large intestine,gall bladder, small intestine, and heart meridians 
  • Steady the energy and give a final 'push' to the process of nadi purification begun in the other asanas.  

Various standing yoga asanas

  • Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  • Vrkshasana (Tree Pose)
  • Utthita Hasta Padasana (Extended Hands and Feet Pose)
  • Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
  • Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I)
  • Virabhadrasana II (Warrior Pose II)
  • Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana  I,  II and III  (Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose)
  • Parshvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
  • Prasarita Padottanasana  I , II   (Wide Spread Feet Pose)

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