Celebrating Yoga

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By June Ramli

Sydney, June 21: It is International Yoga Day today and to celebrate the day in its true form, we at DailyStraits.com have teamed up with a Melbourne-based meditation practitioner and a registered yoga teacher Micheal Teh to give us some easy-to-do yoga moves at home.
Yes, you read that correctly, all within the comforts of your home. If you have never tried yoga but always wanted to, perhaps you can start off with these easy-to-do moves around the house first, before signing up for classes. In this pictorial article, Teh shows us six yoga moves and explains their health benefits as well.

1. Warrior ll Pose (outdoor)
Warrior ll Pose

Warrior ll Pose

So, we will kick things off with the warrior two poses. This is a standing strength pose meant to energise the body and mind, increasing concentration and stamina. This posture strengthens the legs as it opens up the chest and hips. This pose is best done outdoors.

2. Standing Forward Bend Pose (outdoor)
Standing Forward Bend Pose

Standing Forward Bend Pose

This is a very famous yoga move and almost every yogi out there is familiar with this pose. To do this pose bring yourself into a downward dog position, and place your head lower than your heart, so it has the benefits of inversions and improves the blood flow through your body. A downward dog stretches and helps to relieve tension from the neck and back. The flow of blood to the brain helps to relieve headaches, mental fogginess, and mild depression. This pose is also best done outdoors.

3. Half Lotus Meditation (lounging)
Half Lotus Meditation

Half Lotus Meditation

Next, we have the half lotus pose that strengthens the back. It is best done while you are chilling on the couch watching TV. This pose stretches the hips, knees, ankles, and thighs. Sitting upright with your spine aligned calms the mind, reducing stress, anxiety, and mild depression. Additionally, this pose also improves circulation and blood flow in the pelvis, which can ease menstrual discomfort for women.

4. Tree Hugging Pose (kitchen)
Tree Hugging Pose

Tree Hugging Pose

The next time you are in the kitchen waiting for something to cook or for the water to boil for your next cup of coffee why don’t you try this pose while waiting. Known as the tree-hugging pose, this posture is often referred to as the “hug a tree” or “standing like a tree” pose. This pose is used to increase concentration and chi (qi) flow as well as increase the flow of energy and help build internal strength.

5. Triangle Pose (Lounging)
Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Again, the next time you are binge-watching anything on TV, try this pose in between the commercial breaks or while you are trying what to watch next. Known as the triangle pose, this yoga move helps stretch and lengthens the spine. It also opens the hips and shoulders, stimulates your organs and reduces stress.

6. Cobra Pose (TV)
Cobra Pose

Cobra Pose

Finally, this is another great pose to try in between the commercial breaks or right before you start binge-watching anything as this pose may reduce all these symptoms such as depression, and inflammation, relieve one’s lower back pain and improve self-esteem, and sleep and posture.
Well, that’s all from us, folks or shall I say, yogis? If you want more of this, try looking up more videos on the artform on YouTube or heck just sign up for classes at your neighbourhood gym. Yoga is a great form of exercise to embrace in your daily routine. Happy International Yoga Day!

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