Being a ballet dancer for many years, I have always loved be active! As flexibility was always an important aspect for a ballerina, we would do yoga as a form of cross training. Yoga is great for improving both strength and flexibility while also working on balance. Yoga is also a great way to lower stress levels and anxiety through the deep breathing and meditation. The yoga practice has been around for thousands of years, it was a way to achieve harmony between the heart and soul on the path to divine enlightenment.
My Favourite Yoga Poses
Trikonasana (or Triangle Pose)
This one is great for stretching the spine and hips! While it also strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles, so important for a strong foundation! This pose is also good for relieving stress and improving your digestion. Try it out here!
Natarajasana (or Dancer Pose)
Of course this is one of my favourites, after being a dancer for so many years! This pose is great for practicing your balance as well as stretching your thighs and shoulders. This pose can also be modified as well! Here is a video to get you started!
Svarga Dvijasana (or Bird Of Paradise Pose)
This one took a lot of practice for me but I love it now! Standing on one leg will strengthen your calves, quadriceps, and glutes, as well as help you access and engage your core to keep you from losing your balance. Try it here!
Benefits of Practicing Yoga
Although there are numerous benefits of practicing yoga, here are the top 6:
- Decrease Stress and Anxiety
- Improves Quality of Life
- Reduces Chronic Pain
- Promotes Sleep Quality
- Improves Flexibility and Balance
- Promotes Healthy Eating Habits
Just because I love pictures that describe things, here is a picture of the benefits of yoga I found on Pinterest!
Here is a great vinyasa flow that any level can do! What are your favourite yoga poses?