Author: Frosina Angjelkoska
Published on: March 11, 2017
5 Anti-Aging Yoga Poses to Rejuvenate Your Body and Mind
Yoga has been gaining constant praise for its incredible effects on people’s physical and mental well-being.
The wide variety of yoga poses actively include every part of the human body, do wonders for the restless mind, soothe the soul and relieve tension.
With stress being one of the main factors for premature aging, more and more people turn to alternative ways of rejuvenation.
Practicing yoga is an easy way to awaken your body and let the stagnant energy flow throughout.
So check out these anti-aging yoga asanas you can do daily to refresh your body and calm down your mind.
1. WARRIOR II
This powerful yoga pose will help your arms, legs and abs become stronger and more flexible.
To start, stand on your mat with feet slightly apart. Point your right foot to the side and your left foot inwards. Keep your body straight and faced forward.
On your first exhale, bend your left knee. Then as you inhale, raise both arms outwards. Turn your head to the left and hold the pose for half a minute, breathing normally.
2. TREE POSE
The tree pose is the best asana for good body balance. To begin, stand on your mat with both hands to the sides of your body.
Bring your palms together in front of your chest and transfer your weight to your left leg (the one you’ll be standing on).
Open your right leg and hip and place your foot against your left leg above the knee or on the calf to form a triangle. Breathe in and out a few times and slowly repeat with the other leg.
3. SEATED TWIST
The seated twist is a great pose for core strength, tension relief in the hips and improving your overall flexibility.
Start this pose by sitting on your mat in lotus pose with your legs crossed. Extend your arms to reach the mat on each side of your hips. Breathe in and lift your arms over your head.
As you breathe out, twist your upper body to the right and bring your left hand to the outer right thigh. Place the right hand behind you. Turn your head towards the right shoulder. Hold this position for half a minute. Repeat on the other side.
4. DOWNWARD-FACING DOG
For this anti-aging yoga pose, you may need a little initial flexibility. This asana is especially helpful for women who go through menopause because it helps relieve back pain and strengthens the upper body.
Start the pose with feet slightly apart. Lower your upper body to reach the floor with your palms. Your back and knees must be straight at all times and your body should form a triangle.
Breathe in and out normally as you remain in this position for 1-3 minutes, depending on how much you can endure.
5. SAVASANA (RELAXATION POSE)
Usually, the Savasana is practiced at the beginning or end of a yoga sequence to relax the entire body and mind. For this pose, lie down on your mat with feet slightly apart and arms positioned on the sides of your body.
While in Savasana, focus on your breath. This’ll help your body and mind wind down to a state of meditation. You can remain in this pose for as long as you need, optimally for 10-15 minutes.
When you’re doing yoga poses of any kind, always listen to your body and exercise within a pain-free range.
Now we’d love to hear from you – what are your favorite anti-aging yoga poses? Share them in the comments below!