We’re probably preaching to the choir here, but it’s always good to be reminded of the many health benefits of yoga — especially when this information comes via an infographic (who doesn’t love a good infographic?)
Improving blood circulation, relieving stress, lowering the risk of heart disease, and alleviating back pain are just a few of the benefits of yoga,
Instead of counting sheep when you can’t sleep, roll out your mat and try this yoga routine for deep sleep from Tara Stiles. This 10-minute routine quiets the mind and opens up tight areas of the body to help you mentally and physically unwind. “When you’re looking to sleep really soundly and deeply, you want to start to calm the mind and a good way to calm the mind is to rest your attention on your breath.”
There are several yoga poses to strengthen back muscles that are sore or simply in need of some training. If your weak back is causing pain, be sure to practice yoga poses slowly, and focus first on the stretching and loosening poses. Otherwise, spend more time on the strengthening poses, but always start and finish with a good stretch and relaxation.
Yoga Poses to Strengthen Back Muslces
It is very common to have back pain as a result of weakened back muscles. Most pain can be alleviated by strengthening, stretching, and aligning the muscles of the back. While all yoga poses can result in increased muscle tone in your back, focusing on some of the poses listed below can help achieve faster results when it comes to a strong back.
Has your love life gone from sizzle to fizzle? You don’t have to memorize the Kama Sutra to spice things up between the sheets. In fact, it’s the positions you assume outside the bedroom that could really heat things up. According to research in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, sexually dissatisfied women who took up yoga and practiced mindfulness techniques reported higher levels of arousal and desire, and better orgasms. To reap similar benefits, perform the 10 poses below at least three times a week, spending a minute or so in each position. If this is your first time practicing yoga, don’t worry; we’ve linked each pose to a video tutorial so you can learn them at your own pace.
Wide-Legged Straddle Pose (Upavistha Konasana)
“This move is good for low libido,” says yoga instructor Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide. “It improves blood flow to the pelvic area, and where the blood goes, so do energy and vitality.” Research shows that below-the-belt circulation is directly linked to arousal. The more blood coursing through your veins, the higher your “state of enlightenment.”