5,000-year-old tension-relieving exercises. Hatha yoga exercise is concerned with stretching, posture, and breathing. Practitioners (yogis) claim that yoga helps you to relax and that it improves posture, strength of certain muscles, spine elasticity, and flexibility. Some of the exercises may be immediately beneficial. More advanced positions. like the cross-legged lotus, may take years to master. The best way to learn yoga correctly is to attend classes led by a reputable yogi. Improperly performed, the exercises can cause injury. If you are more than 3 months pregnant or have medical problems, don’t attempt yoga.
Wear loose clothing and no shoes. Hold a position only as long as it’s comfortable. Listen to your body; breathe normally through your nose. Stretch slowly; focus on telling a tight muscle to relax. Attempt an extreme position only after instruction.
Begin and end your exercises with the resting posture. Lie on your back. Hands by your sides, palms up, legs outstretched and slightly apart. Close your eyes. Imagine you’re floating on water. Unflex your neck muscles: very slowly roll your head from left to right 10 times. Visualize your head; mentally smooth your scalp, eyelids, lines around the mouth and eyes. Relax the other parts of your body: starting with your feet, your ankles, you r lower legs, move toward the head. Concentrate on each section of your body until it feels free of tension. (You may become so relaxed that you fall asleep. )
Relaxed on your back. slowly inhale to the count of four, pushing out your diaphragm (bulging your stomach) and distending your ribs. As you exhale to the same count, your stomach flattens and your ribs retract. You can do this while walking or sitting too.