Yoga has a rejuvenating effect that is both mental and physical. It nourishes your body, mind and spirit and the end result is a new energizing attitude to life. The benefits of yoga are both mental and physical it allows you to focus inwardly and that in turn inspires a profound sense of relaxation, whilst employing breathing exercises and concentration and physically it makes your body more supple flexible and therefore relaxed, it helps some cancer sufferers from feeling tired during their cancer treatment. It has an energizing and rejuvenating effect that will nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Below are a few explanations of simple yoga exercises that you can try out at home. However most people benefit from going to a yoga class, especially if they are a complete beginner to the concept of yoga.
Exercises to help you relieve stress
Salutation seal (Anjali mudra)
Physically, it can give you a more flexible arms, wrists and fingers. Mentally it decrease stress by soothing the mind. The effect is the heart match the two sides of the brain.
Inhale while bringing your palms and the rest of your thumbs on the breast bone while pressing your hands with equal pressure. Be sure that both hands are exerting equal force. This exercise can be done by sitting or standing.
Slightly bow your head and press toward the thumbs to your breast bone, at the same time let the elbow hang down as if they are really heavy. Hold for a few minutes then release.
The Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana
Benefits: Soothes back pain while strengthening it.
The Downward facing dog has many uses during yoga. It is use to change position, and is also a resting pose, but it strengthens the spine in its own right. The object is to have the feet and the hands on the floor and the body in an inverted v. Put your hands on the floor so that your body is in an inverted v with your wrists underneath your shoulders and the knees underneath the hips. Spread your palms, and turn your toes under. Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor with the heels lifting from the floor and the knees slightly bent. Lengthen the base of your spine away from the rear of the pelvis and press it lightly towards the pubis, which is the bone that forms the front lower section of your hips. This will create a slight resistance and against this resistance raise the sitting bones to the ceiling. Engage the quadriceps to take the weight off your arms, to form a resting pose.
Breathe out and push your top thighs backward, stretch your heels on the floor and rest them. You may not be able to reach the floor at first, it may need several practice before the muscle can lengthen. Do this in 3 minutes.