Do not attempt the pose if you are suffering from back pain, neck problems, heart condition, high blood pressure, glaucoma.
Women should not do this posture during menstruation or pregnancy.
5). Pond Pose
Why it works?
Solar plexus or the third chakra located in the stomach area governs self empowerment and will power. When we face a traumatic situation and our sense of self or safety is threatened, it can manifest as energetic imbalance in solar plexus.
It can physically manifest as shallow breathing or gastrointestinal problems.
Pond pose is an excellent stretching pose that relaxes the abdominal muscles and enables us to do deep abdominal breathing.
1). Lie flat on the back.
2). Stretch your arms overhead and lengthen your spine.
3).Inhale deeply and allow your belly to rise up.
4). Exhale completely and contract your abdomen to return to its original position.
It is a stretching pose to elongate the spine. Hold it for as long as it is comfortable.
None unless mentioned specifically by your physician.
6). Bound Angle Pose
Why it works?
The hips are located near the second chakra or the sacral chakra which governs our creativity, sensuality and emotional body.
The hips are usually referred to as emotional junk drawers because they store a lot of uncomfortable emotions. Bound Angle pose is an excellent hip opening pose that helps to open the hips and release these emotions.
1). Sit with your legs straight out in front of you.
2). Inhale, bend your knees and pull your heels as close to you as comfortable. Then drop your knees on the ground and bring the sole of feet together.
3). Exhale, hold your toes and kneel forward.
4). To come out of the pose, lift your knees off the floor and extend the legs in front of you to return to the starting position.
You can hold the pose anywhere between 1 to 5 minutes.
Do not attempt the pose if you are suffering from knee injury.
Other Hip Opening and constructive rest poses
In addition to the above mentioned poses, you can try these additional poses that are great for releasing tension and promoting relaxation.
The Warrior Poses
The Goddess Pose
The Pigeon Pose
The Child Pose
The Corpse Pose or Savasana
The Butterfly Pose
Once we start practicing these poses regularly we will be able to clear the energetic blockages and life force or prana will be able to move freely in our body.
However, yoga is a holistic lifestyle that goes beyond performing Asanas. It encompasses mantras, meditation and self inquiry.Yoga means “union”, it is a beautiful journey towards union of body, mind and spirit.I wish you a beautiful journey ahead!