In this fast-paced life, how often do you stop to think about your wellness? We need to tune out for a moment, and think about ourselves too. That's where yoga steps in. Even something as minimal as 10 minutes of yoga can help you achieve a healthy body, mind and soul. Especially in the morning, where you're fresh and it can get your blood flowing, muscles active and energy focused. Do you know what's better? Absolutely anyone can do yoga! All you need is a mat and the right instructions. While all the asanas in yoga are beneficial, here are 8 asanas that you can do in 10 minutes, to gain the benefits of yoga:
Tadasana: Also known as "Mountain Pose" Tadasana improves your posture and is a great way to begin your daily detox with yoga.
How to do it: Stretch your arms toward the floor while your feet should be pressed evenly on the ground. Now slowly draw your abdominal in and up. Hold this yoga pose for about five to eight breaths.
Urdhva Hastasana: This asana rejuvenates and energizes your body, and is also a key posture in Surya Namaskar.
How to do it: Stand straight and lift your arms. Firmly press your palms together. Keep your shoulders relaxed and away from the ears. Hold this yoga pose for about four to twelve breaths.
Virabhadrasana I – Also known as Warrior pose, Virabhadrasana strengthens your shoulders and arms and help you connect your inner strength.
How to do it: Take your left foot back. Your position should be similar to lunges. Your foot should be pointing at a seventy-five-degree angle. Hold this yoga pose for about four to twelve breaths.
Virabhadrasana II: This yoga pose increases stamina, stimulates abdominal organs and relieves backaches.
How to do it: Hold the position from warrior I and open your arms, hip and waist to the side you are gazing at. The left foot should be at ninety degrees. Draw your abs in and keep the torso even between the legs. Hold this yoga pose for about five to eight breaths.
Trikonasana: This helps you relieve stress and improve digestion. Hold the pose from Virabhadrasana II.
How to do it: Straighten the front leg and hinge forward, placing a hand on the knee. Keep your other hand straight and up. Hold this yoga pose for about five to eight breaths.
Utthita Parsvakonasana: This pose strengthens your legs, knees and ankles and tone your abdominals.
How to do it: From Trikonasana, re-bend the front knee and place the outer right forearm on the upper right thigh. Stretch the other arm overhead and hold it for five to eight breaths.
Adho Mukhasvanasana: This yoga pose offers full body rejuvenation.
How to do it: Place both hands on the floor and lift your hips upward, forming a mountain shape position. Lengthen up your torso and keep your abdominals engaged. If you are a beginner, you can bend your knees as well. Hold this yoga pose for about five to eight breaths.
Balasana: Complete the yoga session with Balasana as it calms your body, mind and soul. It also stretches the lower back, and tones the abdominal area.
How to do it: Kneel on the floor and sit on your heels. Separate your knees and place arms overhead on the floor. Actively press the belly against the thighs and breathe slowly. Hold this yoga pose for about five to eight breaths.
Performing these 8 yoga asanas daily strengthens the body, and contribute in increasing muscle power, stamina, balance and flexibility. On this International Yoga Day, start living a healthy and active life.