Inspired by the popularity of yoga poses in Instagram, I came up with a photoblog about my yoga poses taken from the different places that I traveled to. I always incorporate yoga in every trip that I had, whether it’s a simple sun salutation flow to basic asanas (yoga poses) practice. It always allows me to calm my mind and body as we all know traveling exerts a lot of efforts and energy.
Below are some of my favorite travel yoga poses and their corresponding health benefits.
Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
I always start with a short meditation in all my practice. Being aware of the flow of air in and out of the body through breath control (pranayama). This approach will help the practice easier and calm the body throughout the entire course of the practice.
Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
This simple posture can be achieved through concentration on a fixed point on the floor to attain the balance. This helps to promote good posture, improves general balance and coordination, strengthens the leg muscles and enhance concentration skills.
Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose)
There could few variations on this pose. For beginners, I always recommend the basic and simple Warrior 2 pose. It promotes inner strength, develops chest muscles, encourages deep breathing and stimulates abdominal organs.
Parsvakonasana (Flank stretch)
To do this, focus on the upper shoulder and turn it slightly towards the ceiling so that you open the chest. This pose stretches the of each side of the body. It helps with hip and lower-back problems as well as respiratory problems, stimulates digestion, and strengthens the legs and feet.
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
This pose is done like a cobra (as the name suggests). It keeps the spinal chord toned and refreshed. The compression on the lower body is good for keeping female reproductive organs healthy. The benefits include strengthening the pectorals, helps respiratory problems, beneficial for slipped disk problems, tones the buttocks and aids digestions. Avoid this pose if you have abdominal problems.
Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose)
This is a balanced posture and throughout the practice, you should aim to keep lifting the body and opening the front chest. Keep your abdominal muscles relaxed and do not let the base of your spine come onto the floor. This pose will help to trim the waist, strengthens the back muscles, tones and stimulates abdominal organs as well the kidneys, and aids a bloated abdomen and gastric problems.
This is often called as the “King of Poses” because of its overall effect on the whole body. This pose is not for beginners but of course if practiced often well with a guru/teacher then it is surely achievable. Among other benefits of the pose are – increases circulation to the brain, helps sleep deprivation, promotes hair growth by increasing circulation to the scalp, and improves vitality and confidence.
Bakasana (Crow Pose)
In all variations, this pose aims in balancing the arms in which hands are planted onto the floor. This can be perfectly achieved through various practice. The benefits include strengthens arms and wrist, stretches the upper back, opens the groins, and tones abdominal organs, among others.
Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)
Although the finishing sequence is part of the primary series for Ashtanga, this pose is also an asana. This is commonly a backward bending pose but as a beginner, you have to do this with a guru/teacher. Among the benefits are strengthens the liver, pancreas and kidney, excellent for the heart, good for fertility, asthma and osteoporosis, stretched the chest and lungs, increases energy and counteracts depressions, and stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands.
Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose)
As the name suggest, this pose looks like the dancing pose of Lord Shiva. This pose is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Master of Time, the cosmic rhythm of life and the source of Yoga. The pose is beneficial to improve concentration and also balances the equilibrium, it releases stress and calms the mind, helps reduce weights and curbs obesity, and improves the flexibility of your body easily.
There could be hundreds more kind of poses in yoga and its health benefits but one thing I want to advise to everyone who is new to it: always consult a doctor or a certified yoga teacher/guru before beginning an exercise regime.