How to Keep the Body Cool with Yoga Poses or Asanas
After an intense workout, you feel really tired and drained out. You need something to make you feel fresh and energized. This is what yoga offers you. After training sessions, you must even end it well. There are a number of yogasanas that help you in cooling down. Read on to know what these asanas are, and how they could help you out. Make sure you begin with the first pose, the Mountain Pose, and end with the last one, the Corpse Pose.
Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog Pose Benefits and Steps to follow:
- Stand on all your limbs and make sure your feet and palms are flat with your body straight.
- Bring your knees under your hips and wrists below your shoulders.
- Lift up your hips by pushing your palms and toes.
- Breathe out. Bend your knees, straighten the left leg and push your hips higher.
- Take deep breaths.
Baddha Konasana or Butterfly Pose Benefits and Steps to follow:
- Keep your back straight and stretch your legs as you sit down.
- Bring your heels near your pelvis by bending your knees.
- Touch the soles of your feet together by folding out your legs.
- Take deep breaths and bring your heels closer each time you breathe out.
- Make sure your back is erect and you are looking straight ahead.
Balasana or Child Pose Benefits and Steps to follow:
- Bring your knees together and rest your buttocks on your heels as you kneel down. Your back should be straight.
- Bend forward and tough the floor with your forehead as you breathe out. Your buttocks should be on your heels.
- Put your arms ahead of your head and keep your elbows above the floor.
- You could also put your hands on your sides with the palms facing upwards.
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana or Pigeon Pose Benefits and Steps to follow:
- Kneel down well on the ground with your right leg stretched. Lie on your thigh and knee and keep your toes pointed.
- Fold up your left leg to bring the left heel near the right hip.
- Support yourself by putting your hands on the floor.
- Make your hips upright and relax your shoulders.
- Breathe deeply as your leg, groin and lower back are stretched.
Marjariasana – Bitilasana or Cat Cow Pose Benefits and Steps to follow:
- Sit on all fours and put your hips above your knees and wrists below the shoulders. Your back should be parallel to the floor.
- Cow – Breathe in. Look up as you curve your spine in the downward direction. Your palms and feet should be well placed and the shoulders should be down.
- Cat – Breathe out. Arch your back as you tuck in your hips. Stretch both upper and lower back. Bring your head down and you press your palms firmly.
- Stay in each pose for 20 seconds and repeat 6 times.
Setu Bandhasana or Bridge Pose Benefits and Steps to follow:
- Bend your knees and heels and bring them close to your buttocks as you lie down with arms at the sides.
- Lift up your hips as you push your arms and feet and squeeze your buttocks.
- Bring your knees right above your ankles and put your hands under your hips on the floor.
- Stay like this for 30 seconds and then slowly lower your body to relax.
Supta Matsyendrasana or Supine Spinal Twist Benefits and Steps to follow:
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- Lie down and stretch out your legs.
- Bend your right knee to cross the left leg and push it down using your left hand.
- Bring out your right arm to the side and look at it by turning your head.
- Stretch your torso without putting too much strain on your shoulders.
- Take deep breaths as your spine is stretched.
Savasana or Corpse Pose Benefits and Steps to follow:
This is the last pose for every asana. You should always end your practice with this pose.
- Lie straight with your arms and legs on your sides and relax. Put them at an angle of 45 degrees away.
- Rest your back and bring down your shoulders.
- Slowly relax your body, one part at a time. Start from the ends and then go to your arms, legs, and then your upper body and your neck and head at the end.
- Keep your mouth open a bit and close your eyes. Relax your entire body.
- Take deep breaths and stay in this pose for 10 minutes.
Tadasana or Mountain Pose Benefits and Steps to follow:
This pose is the first pose for all other poses. It makes your body ready for the cooling down exercise.
- Keep your feet slightly apart and root them well to the ground as you stand straight.
- Without slouching your shoulders, make your arms loose by your side.
- Make sure your back is straight and has a natural curve on your lower back.
- Lift your chest and hold your stomach in.
- Relax your head.
- Breathe deeply.
Virabhadrasana or Warrior 1 Pose Benefits and Steps to follow:
- Keep your feet apart at a distance of twice your shoulder width.
- Make your left leg 45 degrees inwards.
- Bring your right leg 90 degrees outwards and turn your upper torso to the right.
- Bend your right knee and adjust your hips.
- Put your left foot on the toes.
- Bring up your arms with the palms touching.
- Turn your head high up and look at your hands as your stretch your shoulders and back.
- Slowly come back to the original pose and repeat this with the other side of your body.
Yoga is really good for your body. It is very useful for making you refreshed and rejuvenated. All parts of your body are relaxed and feel good after this exercise. Moreover, it also calms down your mind and makes you mentally refreshed. After your intense workout, try this cooling yoga and achieve all benefits.