Lack of physical activity, due to packed work schedules, is taking the toll on both physical and mental health of the people residing in cities all around the world. For inactive body makes our muscles tight and week, which leads to the poor body posture and sore back. If you don’t have enough time to join a fitness center to maintain or improve your fitness, yoga might be a good substitute to keep your body as well mind healthy. Following are some of the basic yoga poses that will increase metabolism and burn extra fats to keep your body in shape.
Twisted Chair Pose
To achieve this position, you have to start with the Mountain pose and bend your legs and squat down, as if you are sitting on a virtual chair. Now bring your hands together (in prayer) right in front of your chest and twist your back to touch your left knee with your right elbow. Hold this position for about half a minute. Make sure that your chest lifted throughout the pose. The Twisted Chair Pose strengthens your back, tones internal organs and improves blood circulation.
Eagle Pose or Garudasana
To achieve this position, you have to start with an upright position and slightly bend your knees. Now lift your left foot off the floor to hook it around the right calf. Then raise your hands in front of your face and roll the left arm around the right with palms together. Hold this position for about a minute and then repeat the same posture on the other side. In case, you find difficulty in balancing your body, you can rest your back against the wall. The Eagle Pose stretches the 14 major joints of our body and pump fresh blood to the reproductive system, sex organs and kidneys.
In this pose, you have to lie on the floor on your belly and keep your arms (with palms facing up) in conjunction with your body. Now lift your head, chest and legs gently, and balance your body on your abdomen and lower ribs with arms parallel to the floor. Breathe deep and remain in this position for about a minute. The Locust Pose reinforces your abdominal, legs and arms muscles while reducing stress and improving body posture.
Bow Pose or Dhanurasana
In this pose, you have to lie on the floor on your stomach and place hands at the side of your body with palms facing the roof. Now lift your legs and chest simultaneously off the floor to hold your ankles with your hands and stretch the body as much as possible. Hold this position for half a minute. The Bow Pose reinforces your back muscles by stretching the front part of your body and improves concentration, digestion and spinal flexibility.
Crescent Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana
In this pose you have to start with Downward Facing Dog move the right foot forward between your hands and raise hands above the head with palms facing each other. Now shift the body weight onto the ball other foot and keep it as straight as possible. Then stretch your upper body, together with arms, upwards with hips squared throughout the pose. Hold this position for about 45 seconds and come back to the Downward Facing Dog pose to repeat with other leg. The Crescent Lunge Pose improves your heart rate, strengthens your body and stretches your hips and legs.