Learning Different Yoga Poses for International Yoga Day and Beyond (Part 2)


Let’s continue from where we left… There are different yoga poses or asanas for different people and different purposes and it’s only apt that we discuss them on the week of International Yoga Day.

Yoga asana for old people

Vrikshasana or Tree Pose: This is a good and simple exercise for old people and it improves their leg and abdominal strength. It is also good for the elders to improve their concentration and balance.

How to do: Stand upright and place one foot on the inner thigh of the other foot (above or below the knee as per convenience). Fold your hands and focus on your breath; repeat with the other leg.

Yoga asana for smokers

Bhujangasana or Cobra pose and Setu Bandhasana or Bridge pose and Sarvangasana or Shoulder stand pose: These three yoga poses when done in tandem reduces the urge for smoking and also reverses the effects of smoking.

How to do: Bhujangasana or Cobra pose – Lie flat on your stomach with the legs touching each other. Place your palms near your shoulder. Now lift your head, chest, and abdomen as you inhale; the lower body from the navel and hips will remain on the ground. Hold this position (and your breath) for 15-30 seconds.

How to do: Setu Bandhasana or Bridge pose – Lie on your back; fold your knees and keep the feet on the ground at hip width. Keep the arms parallel to the body or hold the ankles with them. Now slowly raise the back (upper, middle and lower) and support your body with the feet and shoulder. Hold it for 30-45 seconds and bring down.

How to do: Sarvangasana or Shoulder stand pose – Lie on your back with the hands grasping the hips. Now lift up the legs, hips, and stomach and support the entire body on your shoulders. Move the elbows close to each other and take deep breaths while in this position.

Yoga asana to improve sex life

Utthan Pristhasana or the lizard pose: This pose increases the flexibility and blood flow in the hips and pelvic region. Another asana that can help is the lotus pose or Padmasana.

How to do: Start with the downward facing dog pose or Adho Mukha Svanasana and while exhaling bring the left foot forward (as close as possible to the left hand). At this position both the hands are to the right of the left foot. Now lower the right knee to the ground and lift up the right foot. Now lower the body and keep the chin forward. You can also make fists with the toes for extra blood flow. The right knee can also be lifted off the ground and the feet brought towards the chest. Hold this position for a minute while breathing in and out; repeat with the other leg.

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