“Women are the real architects of society.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
From being an obedient daughter to a loving mother to a successful entrepreneur, a woman is one who shines in every role. Handling with finesse the personal as well as the professional life, a woman is the true personification of strength, courage, grace, and beauty.
While a woman of modern era dons many hats and juggles between many roles, she herself forgets how wonderful and sacred she is and for many reasons. Therefore, all the beautiful women of our society, please take a minute to celebrate your own uniqueness and awaken your inner goddess with the science of yoga, because women are special in every sense.
Here’s the five best yoga poses every woman should practice for stimulating the physical, mental, and spiritual health.
1. Warrior I (Virabhadrasana)
Fuel your inner strength and poise in the Warrior Pose. Emerge as a true yogini with the warrior series.
Steps: For the Warrior I pose, start in a standing position with your spine upright and arms by your side. Upon exhalation, spread your feet 3-4 inches apart and raise the arms to shoulder-height and perpendicular to the ground. Now, bring your right foot out at a 90-degree angle and turn your left foot inside at approximately 45-60 degree angle.
Align the heels and rotate the torso to the right. With your left heel firmly into the floor, exhale, take a bend at the right knee directly over the right ankle so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. Gaze forward and take 6-7 deep breaths in the pose.
2. Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)
Practice the balancing and grounding Tree Yoga Posture for strengthening your physical and emotional health.
Steps: To practice the Vrikshasana, begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Keep your left foot firmly pressed into a yoga mat and slightly transfer the body weight to the left leg.
Lift the right foot up, bend the knee and clasp the right ankle with your right hand. Draw your right foot up and locate it against the inner left thigh. Try to press the right heel into left groin for profound health benefits.
The fingers of the right foot should point towards the floor. Lengthen your tailbone and look ahead. For the hand movements, either raise them up, palms facing in front or join the hands together in Anjali Mudra.
3. Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Delve into the practice of heart-opening Camel Pose for developing greater openness and compassion.
Steps: Kneel on a yoga mat with knees-hip width apart and spine in an erect stance. Compress the shins and top of the feet into a yoga mat. During the practice of the pose, do not squeeze the hips. Elongate your tailbone towards the floor and place your hands on the back of the pelvis with fingers directed towards the floor.
Lean back with your chin tucked to your chest. Deepen the pose by extending your arms behind and grasping the heels. Keep the spine long and thighs perpendicular to the ground. Let your hand tilt back naturally without causing a strain to the neck. To release, bring the hands to your hips and push your hips down to the floor.
4. Child Pose (Balasana)
In the pose, get in touch with the mother earth and experience a sense of grounding and ease.
Steps: Come on your fours with correct alignment of the hands and knees. Breathe and slow down your thoughts. Spread your knees a few inches wide and rest your hips on your heels. Now, sit up straight.
Breathe out, bend forward maintaining the length of the spine and draping your torso between the thighs, gently bring your forehead to the ground and rest it there. Extend the arms forward or behind with palms up. Draw your gaze inwards and close your eyes. Relax and melt away your tensions.
5. Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Energize your body, mind, and spirit with this pose for spending your day in a healthy manner.
Steps: Begin in the Staff Pose (Dandasana). Fold your knees and place the feet on a yoga mat. Slide the left foot underneath the right one and place the left foot to the outside of the right hip. The outside of the left leg should rest on the mat.
Bend the right knee and point it towards the ceiling, step the right foot over the left leg and make it stand tall on the ground outside to the left hip. Firmly press the right hand into the floor behind the right hip and rest the left hand on the right thigh. Twist towards the inner right thigh.
So women, with these five yoga poses, celebrate womanhood. Embrace yourself and your individuality.