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Yoga poses benefits your mood & health

Posted Jun 10 2009 12:00am

Believe it or not, yoga might help not just burn calories and lose weight, but also improve your moods! You can know what yoga poses to do, how to perform the yoga exercises and how you can use them not just to improve your mood, but to burn calories, gain muscle and lose weight!

Feeling Bored: Do the downward dog. Do a classic downward dog or a half-handstand. Place your hands on the floor about shoulder-width apart, and move your feet towards a wall. Walk your right leg up the wall, followed by the left. Keep your back aligned, legs parallel to the floor, so your body looks like an inverted L.

Feeling Blue: Do the camel pose in yoga. Kneel with your feet slightly apart (for balance) with toes pointing back. Drop your lower back down. Place your hands on your lower back and squeeze your elbows together. Lift your chest up and lean backwards, moving your hands to your heels.

Frazzled Mood: Do this squat-Keep your legs wider than shoulder width apart. Join your palms in prayer pose, turn your toes out 45 degrees and squat. Keep your feet rooted to the floor.

Feeling Insecure: Do the warrior- Keep your feet wide apart. Keeping your arms straight, extend them sidways. Make your right foot out 90 degrees. Bending your knee in the same direction, bend your torso 90 degrees to look over your right leg. Lunge into the position with your right knee bent at 90 degrees. As you lunge into this pose, move your straight arms pointing upwards. Look up as well. Switch legs, and repeat

Besides fixing your mood, Yoga is a great stress reliever and muscle tension reliever. If you love pumping iron in the gym, you can do some yoga poses on a rest day to help those muscles stretch and recover, get the blood flowing, and get your muscles to grow. This will also help keep you active on your rest day, and burn calories.

These yoga poses will also help you exercise your lower back, arms, legs and core muscles.

Note: The remedies discussed here are not meant to replace medical and professional care.

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