I’ve been teaching yoga for around five years now and throughout this time I’ve noticed the yoga poses people seem to love. When you find your centre in the middle of a crowded and sweaty class or in a peaceful quiet room, the world suddenly turns into just you and the air feeling like space and time revolve around you. The following are the top 5 yoga poses for mental health and wellbeing.
Fish pose promotes an open heart and vulnerability. This is essential in a mindfulness practice because it allows us to open our hearts to the world even if we have the tendency to be closed off. As the pose gets deeper, often our vulnerability loosens and we become earnest.
The warrior series promotes strength and power. As you can see in the name the Warrior Series is essential to a strong body and mind. This pose works out chest, hips, triceps, legs, and abdominal muscles at once and once this pose is mastered the warrior series works every single muscle in the body. You’ve got the power!
Pigeon pose promotes relaxation and flexibility. Pigeon pose has to be my favourite one of the bunch. It has a really nice flow attached to it and creates a beautiful relaxation and long stretch without putting too much strain on the muscles. This pose can go very deep and tends to be a fan favourite.
Shoulder stand promotes the release of negative energy. Shoulder stand is fun to do but difficult to master. Any *inversion allows the blood flow to change course and release through the third-eye and crown chakra. It’s a great pose to let go of something you’ve been holding on to.
Promotes acceptance, relaxation, and celebration. Savasana is the most important pose any yoga practice. Yoga was created for the sole purpose of building the strength to sit still for long periods of time. I know it sounds silly but if you try and sit straight for a while…you’ll see it’s one of the most difficult positions a body can hold. Savasana is celebrating your practice, settling your mind, and accepting your body here and now. This pose is so important and should be done in at least 15 minutes after every yoga practice.