How do I do Yoga for Posture?

Sonal Panse

Yoga has been practiced since ancient times, and is one of the most popular exercise forms in many parts of the world. It has long been credited by its practitioners with improving their overall health and well-being, and yoga poses, known as asanas, along with breathing exercises and meditation, can certainly help alleviate stress, bring about relaxation, and make the body more supple and flexible. Whatever your age or your level of fitness, you should be able to find the posture exercises suitable for you. There are different yoga poses for beginner's yoga, yoga for back pain, yoga for neck pain and yoga for posture.

A woman doing yoga.
A woman doing yoga.

Some yoga for posture exercises are Child's Pose or Balasana, Mountain Pose or Tadasana, Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana, Lizard Pose or Utthan Pristhasana, Bridge Pose or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, and Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana. Balasana is a sitting pose, Tadasana and Virabhadrasana are standing poses, and Utthan Pristhasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, and Bhujangasana require you to lie down. While doing these exercises, it is necessary to be mindful of how and when you inhale and exhale. If you are a complete novice, it might be a good idea to work with a qualified yoga teacher.

Woman in a full boat yoga pose.
Woman in a full boat yoga pose.

You will get the full benefit of the yoga for posture exercises if you perform them on a daily basis. It will help to set aside an hour per day for the posture exercises, or you might fit in ten-minute intervals if you have a busier schedule. Doing yoga regularly will go a long way in improving posture, and having a good posture is important for continued good health. Your body is able to have better blood circulation, organ function and nerve action when your posture is correct. A poor, slouching or hunched posture, on the other hand, can undermine your health and lead to musculature and bone problems.

Yoga can help strengthen and straighten the spine.
Yoga can help strengthen and straighten the spine.

The yoga for posture exercises stretch your muscles in a stress-free manner and therefore lessen the negative effects of lactic acid buildup; lactic acid builds up with muscle use and, if it accumulates in excess, it can cause pains and aches. In addition, yoga increases your joint mobility. This increases your flexibility and fitness levels.

Meditation during yoga can relieve stress and help the body's natural posture.
Meditation during yoga can relieve stress and help the body's natural posture.

Doing yoga for posture will also help you remain more in tune with your body. You will experience less fatigue and develop more stamina. Maintaining a straight posture can help you feel psychologically better, and, given the influence our mental health has on our physical, this can translate to better overall health.

Mountain pose is a basic standing pose for posture.
Mountain pose is a basic standing pose for posture.
Cobra pose, known in Sanskrit as Bhujangasana, may help improve posture.
Cobra pose, known in Sanskrit as Bhujangasana, may help improve posture.
Yoga may help relieve neck pain.
Yoga may help relieve neck pain.

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