Author: Frosina Angjelkoska
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 stress.
With stress being one of the main factors for premature aging nowadays, check out these anti-aging yoga asanas you can do daily to rejuvenate your body and mind and take all your tension away.
1. Warrior II
This powerful yoga pose will help your legs, arms and abs to become stronger and more flexible. To start, stand on your mat with feet slightly apart. Your right foot is pointed to the side and your left foot is turned inwards. Keep your body straight and faced forward. Exhale and bend your right knee first. Then inhale and raise both arms outwards to the side. Turn your head to the right 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 straight on your mat with hands on the side of your body. Bring your palms together in front of your chest and transfer your weight to your left leg (the leg you’ll be standing on). Open your right leg and hip and place your foot against your left leg (or 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 exercising core strength, tension relief in the hips and improving your overall flexibility. Start this pose by sitting on your mat in lotus pose (legs crossed). Extend your arms so as 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.
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 regular 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)
The Savasana is usually used 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, focusing on your breath will relax you almost to a state of meditation. You can remain in this pose for as long as you need, optimally 15-20 minutes.
Note that when you’re doing yoga poses of any kind, you should always listen to your body and exercise within a pain-free range.
I’d love to hear from you – do you include any other anti-aging yoga poses in your yoga sequence? Share them in the comments below.