June 21st is recognized by the Official United Nations as International Yoga Day as a means to promote global health, harmony, and peace.
The origin of yoga dates back 5 thousand years to northern India. As an ancient practice focusing on breathing, flexibility, and strength, this practice has proven to be an essential part of life.
There are even 19 different types of yoga and 66 basic yoga postures for you to experiment with.
Fun Fact: June 21st will be the longest day when the sun is out compared to the rest of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, including India (birthplace of yoga)!
This is one of the more notable poses when you think of yoga. It’s one of our favorites because this simple and easy move has many health benefits. This pose stretches your hamstrings, calves, ankles, all while opening your chest and shoulders to increase blood flow to improve circulation!
Although this pose might not seem as engaging as others, don’t be fooled! This pose improves posture, increases body awareness, strengthens toes, ankles, knees, and legs while establishing good alignment, and steady breathing improves blood circulation.
This pose is one of our favorites because it stretches the hip flexors and quadriceps, making it perfect for those who sit most of the day. The crescent lunge also opens the chest, shoulders, and torso while strengthening calf muscles and hamstrings. This pose has been noted as alleviating pain caused by sciatica.
This pose is anything but basic. The triangle pose strengthens your legs, feet, and ankles while stretching your hips, hamstrings, and even spine! As another yoga favorite, this pose has been noted to relieve stress, anxiety, flat feet, osteoporosis, sciatica, and symptoms of menopause. This pose has been highly suggested for pregnant women who want to ease backache!
Although this pose is named after resembling a pigeon puffing up its chest, this pose is flightless. You will, however, feel a deep stretch because this pose is noted as opening hips to support mobility and flexibility. Your hip flexors and lower back are stretched by holding this pose, which is tight from prolonged sitting. By regularly practicing this pose, it can reduce lower back pain!