Hot Yoga Postures

Hot Yoga Postures

Yoga means union. It aims to join the mind, body and spirit. Hatha yoga is a system of physical exercises and breathing exercises used to help you achieve a healthy mind and body. Your journey in yoga is very personal to you. At Hot Yoga Athlone we endeavour to create a very safe environment where you learn and practice hatha yoga correctly with emphasis always being on form over depth.
Classes consist of a number of yoga postures performed in a set sequence. There are 4 different sequences at Hot Yoga Athlone – BASE-90, VITAL-75, FAST-60 and MIX-90. In every class we take the spine in it’s four ranges of motion – extension, flexion, lateral and rotation or simply put back bends, forward bends, side bends and twists. Our spine is the centre of our body. A healthy spine goes a long way to creating a healthy body and a healthy body can help create a healthy mind. Correct form and alignment is key to receive maximum benefit. Each person needs to work to the best of their ability within their range of strength and flexibility. All of this is done with a continued awareness and focus on the breath.

The following are examples of postures demonstrating the ranges of motion of the spine – lateral, flexion, extension and rotation. Note there are 2 forms of forward folds – one which lengthens the spine from an anterior tilted pelvis and one which rounds the spine with a posterior tilted pelvis.

Pose number: 1

English Name: Half Moon Pose
Sanskrit Name: Arda-Chandrasana
Benefits: Works whole skeletal and circulatory systems, opens shoulder joints, good for frozen shoulders, relieves lower back pain, good for abdominal obesity, relieves bronchial distress, good for sciatic deformities, improves cell division, stimulates pituitary, exercises colon, pancreas, kidneys, muscular-skeletal, respiratory and glandular systems.

Half Moon Pose
 

Pose number: 2

English Name: Hands to Feet Pose
Sanskrit Name: Pada Hastasane
Benefits: Relieves lower back pain, good for abdominal obesity, relieves bronchial distress, good for sciatic deformities, improves cell division, stimulates pituitary, exercises colon, pancreas, kidneys, muscular-skeletal, respiratory and glandular systems.
Hands to Feet Pose

Pose number: 3

English Name: Back Bend
Sanskrit Name: Anuvittasana
Benefits: Compresses and opens spine, strengthens lower, mid and upper spine, creates more elasticity in whole spine, increases tone of muscle fibres, accelerates circulation of spinovial fluid, holds vertebrae in position.
Backbend

Pose number: 4

English Name: Standing Separated Leg/Head To Knee
Sanskrit Name: Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada Janushirasana
Benefits: Compresses front of the spine whilst opening the back of the spine. Helps depression and loss of memory, helps abdominal obesity, helps diabetes, balances blood sugar, compresses pancreas and kidneys, exercises endocrine, digestive and reproductive systems, stimulates thymus, digestion and immune system.
Separated Leg Head to Knee

Pose number: 5

English Name: Spine Twisting
Sanskrit Name: Ardha Matsyendrasana
Benefits: Compresses and stretches spine – improves elasticity and flexibility, detoxifying, opens bronchial muscles and rib cage, good for abs, increases circulation to spinal nerves, veins and tissues, relieves back pain and deformity in lumbar region of spine, helps arthritis of knee and sciatica, massages kidneys, liver, gall bladder, spleen and pancreas.
Spine Twist

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