Top 5 easy & most popular asanas of yoga.

Yoga complements surfing perfectly as it builds strength, flexibility and balance.  All of these are key when out in the water.  Specifically it’s great for building core strength, stamina, mental focus and better breathing techniques.  The mental focus and the breathing  help to reduce stress, which can come in very handy in big waves or other hairy situations.  For the true surfer or the true yogi there is a connection with each that goes beyond the physical.   One could even compare the rhythm of the ocean with the rhythm of the body.  Physically yoga is a great way to stay in shape when the surf is flat, prevent injuries, warm up before paddling out and to stretch out the body after a long surf session.

Top 5 easy & popular asanas of Yoga.

1. Bhekasana.

In this Pose of the Week, Simmi Rajput demonstrates Frog Pose or Bhekasana. Start by taking your forehead to the floor, bend your knees one at a time, lengthen your femurs away from your hips. Reach your arms up and back above your feet and take the backs of your hands to the tops of your feet. Then lift your chin and look straight ahead.


2. Legs Up the Wall.

Use this simple pose to help your run-weary legs recover while you take a moment to meditate. Fold two or three blankets so they’re 2 feet long, 6 to 8 inches wide, and 6 inches thick when stacked. Place them about 3 inches from a wall and parallel to it. Sit in the middle of the stack with your left side facing the wall, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor. Simultaneously lower your right shoulder, straighten your legs, and rotate your hips so that the backs of your legs sweep up the wall. Scoot your butt in as close as possible. Your torso should now be perpendicular to the wall, with the blankets under you. Keep your eyes closed while slowly inhaling and exhaling for 2 to 3 minutes.


3. Dhanurasana.

Dhanurasana is such a wonderful pose full of many benefits. I wonder why I don’t do it more often.Bow pose is the perfect metaphor for life, if there is too much tension in the bow it will break, if there isn’t enough tension, there won’t be enough force for the arrow to fly.  Like life, it is all about balance, we need to find the right amount of effort to gain the benefits of the pose without bringing harm to ourselves.


4. Uttanasana.

Uttanasana is a simple stretching yoga pose with a variety of therapeutic advantages. It provides the body with a boost of oxygen and helps to rejuvenate and revitalize cells. It is often considered as a basic yoga pose, but it is important to follow the right technique to make sure that hamstrings are stretched and that you don’t injure your back.Physical benefits of Uttanasana include massaging your kidneys and liver. It gives strength to the knees as well as the spine and is beneficial for flexibility of the hips. It improves the process of blood circulation and helps to improves posture and alignment. It’s also perfect for stretching the leg muscles, the pose improves the functions of nervous system while helping cellular growth. The bend gives your digestive organs a good massage, so it improves digestion.


5. Anuvittasana.

1. From Mountain pose, region the arms at the low again/sacrum with the arms pointed down. Press into the toes, pull up the knee caps, and squeeze the thighs and buttocks.

2. Press the hips ahead and start to arch the torso backwards. preserve the pinnacle searching ahead, or if it feels safe let it drop all of the way lower back. Use the arms to support your weight and hold the legs and buttocks engaged and robust.

3. Breathe and maintain 3-7 breaths.

4. To launch: hold the legs, buttocks and arms strong as you slowly inhale returned up, letting the pinnacle and neck be the final to come vertical.


“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.”-Ashwani

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