Learning Seated Yoga Positions
The seated yoga positions, or Chatarunga Yoga as it is commonly known, are an excellent way of achieving full body alignment in an easy and efficient manner. The movements are slow, yet very repetitive, which, in turn, help to elongate and strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body. The stretching exercises involved not only stretch the muscles, and improve blood flow, but also help in improving the flexibility of the joints and bones. The movements are also deeply relaxing and can often relieve stress and anxiety, which make them ideal for use by individuals who are suffering from chronic stress, insomnia, or chronic pain.
In Chatarunga Yoga, there are a lot of stretching exercises that stretch the major muscle groups of the back and enable the muscles and ligaments to lengthen, strengthen, and relax. Among the most popular seated yoga positions is the Lotus Pose, sometimes called the Diamond Dance Poses or the Assisted-One-Arm Candle Poses. This is a combination of three poses, all of which stretch and strengthen the trunk, pelvis, legs, hips, and shoulders. As stated before, this pose is also great for stretching the lower back and shoulders, making it perfect for those people who suffer from back pain.
The second most common pose used in seated yoga positions is the forward fold. This pose is called Downward Folding Chairs, or Virasign. The idea behind the Downward Folding Chairs is to keep the spine straight, lengthen the spine, stretch the arms, and stretch the hamstrings. This pose is effective for anyone experiencing neck, back, or leg problems, but is also very useful if one experiences knee or shin pain. It stretches the hamstrings, which allow the quadriceps to extend and strengthen the calf muscles, helping to relieve these problems.
Third is the Upward Folding Chairs pose. This pose is sometimes called the Warrior Pose, after the famous Greek warrior and hero of Greek mythology, Hector. What makes this pose different than, say, the Cobra pose, is that the person does not need to inhale. Instead, one merely exhales while staying upright, and the muscles are allowed to lengthen on the inhalation and then relax on the exhale. It is an ideal pose for those suffering from low back pain, because it can allow the low back to be stretched without the use of the vertebrae, which is helpful when the spine is stiff.
The final basic pose is the praying pose, sometimes called the chair pose. This pose is sometimes called simply a chair pose or simply a praying pose. The key to learning this pose is keeping the upper body straight, with the right elbow resting on the right shoulder. From here, you simply exhale, moving the left arm downward, while keeping the other hand in contact with the floor with your thumb pointing down, gently pressing the right elbow into the floor.
These are the most common poses that people learn sitting yoga poses. They enable students to strengthen their legs and hips, as well as gain balance and flexibility through the movement of the hips. The benefits of strengthening these areas through this activity can be great for the mental and physical well-being. If you suffer from back pain or any type of physical discomfort, pairing yoga with regular walks and stretching can really help you to alleviate your suffering.