Friday, April 10, 2009

Dhanurasana (Bow pose)

Lie on your stomach with your chin resting on the ground, arms extended alongside the body with the legs straight. Bend your legs back towards the hips, bring them forward and grasp your ankles. Inhale and raise your thighs, chest and head at the body shoulder rest mainly on the navel region. Therefore, arch your spine as much as possible. Exhale and return slowly to the straight position, by recersing the procedure. Dhanurasana provides good exercise for the arms, shoulders, legs, ankles, back and neck. It also strengthens the spine.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Shalabhasana (Locust pose)

Lie flat on your stomach, with your legs stretched out straight, feet together, chin and nose resting on the ground, looking straight ahead. Move your arms under the body, keeping them straight, fold your hands into fists and place them close to the things. Now, raise your legs up keeping them straight together and stretching them as far back as possible without bending your knees and toes. Hold this position for a few seconds and repeat four or five times. This asama strengthens the whole body especially the waist, chest, back and neck.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

Lie on your stormach with your legs straight feet together, toes pointing backwards. Rest your forehead and nose on the ground. Place your palms below the shoulders and your arms by the side of the chest. Inhale and slowly raise your head, neck, chest and upper abdomen from the navel up. Bend your spine back and arch your back as far as you can, looking upwards. Maintain this position and hold your breath for a few seconds. Exhale, and slowly return to the original position. This asana removes weakness of the abdomen and tones upthe reproductive system in women. It exercises the veetebrae, back muscles and the spine.

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