Start Yoga, Bid Adieu to Pain!

A lot of people start yoga with the aim to get fit, to have get ready for the beach, basically to benefit your body. After a while of doing yoga you will realize that not only will yoga keep you in good shape, but will hone your mind and elevate your spirit! To feel energetic, happy and refreshed, to get rid of body pains, there are a few yoga poses that will help tremendously. Practicing these poses regularly helps to relieve pains and restore body balance.

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Lunge Twist: This is a must! Especially if you suffer from hangovers! Start in a down dog, then step the right leg forward with your right knee centered over the right ankle and the back leg remaining firm. Next, bring your hands in front of your chest in Prayer pose. Engage your abs and plant both feet firmly into the ground. Now, move your torso to the right, lifting your right elbow and bringing your left elbow to the outside of the right knee. Stay in this position for 5 to 10 breaths. Repeat the pose on the other side.

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Standing Forward Fold with Crossed Legs: Do you love to wear wedges, stilettos and platforms? Yes, I’m talking to all you men out there! If so, you must have experienced excruciating high heel pain. What to do? It’s simple. First start in a forward bend, both feet hip distance apart, head relaxed and fingertips touching the floor. Then cross your right ankle over your left so that the baby toes touch each other while the left leg remains straight. Stay in this position. Make sure your hips stack over your heels. Now fold your torso over the legs, relax your neck and gaze toward the ground. Hold this position for 5 to 10 breaths. Repeat on the other side.

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Seated Forward Fold: When your head throbs and aches, threatening to burst any time, you know it’s time to start practicing yoga. The seated forward bend position is one of the best poses to relieve headaches. Start by sitting with your legs extended straight in front of you. Firmly ground your hips into the floor and slowly lift your chest. Now, slowly breathe out and, without rounding your back, stretch your torso over your legs. Relax your neck and shoulders while pressing your thighs down and keeping your feet flexed. Keep this position for 5 to 10 breaths.

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Fish Pose: The Fish Pose or Matsyasana comes with innumerable health benefits. It helps to cure respiratory disorders and headaches caused by stiffness of neck. If you suffer from neck pain, lumbago and spondylosis, practicing this pose regularly by using pillows will help alleviate the pain and stiffness. First lie on your back in corpse pose. Then place your hands beneath the hips with palms facing down. Bring your elbows close to each other. Now, while breathing in, lift your head and chest. Keep the chest elevated, lower the head backward while ensuring that the top of the head touches the floor. With your head lightly touching the floor, plant the elbows firmly into the ground by placing the weight on the elbow and not on the head. Slowly lift the chest up while keeping the thighs and legs pressing into the floor. Remain in this position for as long as you are comfortable. Breathe gently. To come of this pose, lift the head, then slowly, gently, lower the chest and head to the floor, bring the hands to your side and just relax.

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Reclined Big-Toe Pose: Back pain is one of the most common health issues these days. To get rid of back pain, practice reclined big-toe pose. Start by lying on your back. Keep your left leg on the floor, bend your right knee while hooking your big toe with your index and middle fingers. Lengthen your right leg, keeping the foot over the hip. While lengthening your right leg, press the left leg firmly down into the ground. Hold this position anywhere between ten to twenty deep breaths. Then breathe out, gently bend your right knee into your chest and bring it to the ground. Repeat this pose with the other leg whenever you are ready.

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Cow Face: People suffering from the carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition causing numbness and pain in the hands and wrists, should use Cow Face pose, to alleviate the pain. Start in a seated position with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Now, bring your right foot under your left knee, placing it next to your left hip. Place your left leg on top of your right. Try to stack the knees together. Bend both the elbows. Now try to clasp your right hand with your left hand from behind your back. Remain in this position for 5 to 10 breaths. Repeat this position on the other side.

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Bound Angle Pose: Baddha Konasana or the Bound Angle Pose improves flexibility in the inner thighs, knees and groin. Regular practice stimulates the abdominal organs and gives relief from lower back and sciatica pain.

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Pigeon Pose: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana or the Pigeon Pose helps to open the hips, giving relief from sciatica and back pain. Daily practice helps in releasing built-up stress, trauma, fear, and anxiety.

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Cooling Breath Exercise: Sitali Pranayam or the Cooling Breath exercises rejuvenate your mind and body, regulate the digestive energy, detoxify the body and improve your clarity and concentration.

Caution: It is always better to practice the above yoga poses under the supervision of a yoga instructor. If you have any severe health issues, consult your doctor before performing these poses.

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