The Most Popular 5 Yoga Poses of 2014

1. Wide-Legged Forward Bend Pose

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Wide-Legged Standing Forward Fold is a calming forward bend that stretches the hamstrings and back. There are several arm variations and other modifications available, making this a suitable pose for yoga students of all levels!

Wide-Legged Forward Bend Pose has several benefits:

  • Stretches the groins, hamstrings and hips
  • Calms the mind
  • Decompresses the spine
  • Relieves fatigue, mild depression and anxiety

2. Standing Forward Bend Pose

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Standing Forward Fold calms the mind while stretching and rejuvenating the whole body. This pose is an essential element of Sun Salutations and helps to prepare the body for deeper forward bends.

Standing Forward Bend Pose has several benefits:

  • Stretches your hips, hamstrings, and calves.
  • Strengthens your thighs and knees.
  • Massages your internal organs and helps improves digestion and cleanses mucous from the lungs.
  • Relaxes you central nervous system and helps calm your mind
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Helps reduces headaches, fatigue, insomnia.
  • Helps relieve symptoms of menopause and is therapeutic for osteoporosis.

3. Triangle Pose

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Trikonasana is usually performed in two parts, facing left, and then facing right. The practitioner begins standing with the feet one leg-length apart, knees unbent, turns the right foot completely to the outside and the left foot less than 45 degrees to the inside, keeping the heels in line with the hips. The arms are spread out to the sides, parallel to the ground, palms facing down; the trunk is extended as far as is comfortable to the right, while the arms remain parallel to the floor.

Triangle Pose has several benefits:

  • Expands your chest and shoulders.
  • Increases mobility of your hip joints.
  • Increases neck mobility.
  • Stretches your spinal muscles.
  • Strengthens and tones muscles of your thighs.
  • Stretches calf muscles, hamstrings, and hip musculature.

4. Lightning Warrior Pose

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What is Lightning Warrior Pose? Lightning Warrior Pose focuses on “powering up” each student physically and mentally by striking on a positive theme with each dynamic yoga class. Some themes include: Being a Warrior (not a worrier), Finding Your Balance (on & off the mat), and Blowing Out – Not Blowing Up.

Lightning Warrior Pose has several benefits:

  • Strengthens your shoulders, arms, thighs, ankles and the muscles of your back.
  • Expands your chest, lungs and shoulders.
  • Stretches your hip flexors, abdomen, and ankles.
  • Develops stamina and endurance in your thighs and core muscles.
  • Stimulates abdominal organs and digestion.
  • Improves your balance, concentration, and core awareness.

5. Headstands : Tripod Egg Pose

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Headstands are the kings of the yoga practice. They stimulate blood flow to the brain, they can help combat hair loss, they give you energy, and help you focus. Many people have a fear of going upside down, but with these easy steps you’ll feel comfortable and confident about inverting. If you can hold egg, you can definitely come in to headstand. It’s better not to kick up but rather to control the lift with your abs—this move teaches you how to find that core strength.

Tripod Egg Pose has several benefits:

  • Relieves Stress
  • Increases Focus
  • Improves Blood Flow To The Eyes
  • Increases Blood Flow To The Head And Scalp
  • Strengthens Shoulders And Arms
  • Improves Digestion

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