The benefits that yoga brings to the mind include, among others, concentration or emotional stability (it helps to isolate the mind from disturbances).
Although the benefits for the mind are usually the most attractive for people who decide to practice it, there are many benefits that yoga also brings to the body. These are different benefits to those that, for example, can be achieved in a gym by doing weights.
Through the practice of yoga, the body improves strength and endurance, but also flexibility and posture.
In addition, practicing certain postures can help you achieve a more slim and toned figure. In fact, various famous personalities have decided to be seduced by all these benefits, such as the model Irina Shayk.
Several actors also decide to practice it to prepare for their next films, such as actor Daniel Craig, who in 2007 decided to practice yoga to stylize his body and embody James Bond in Quantum of Solace (2008), after appearing more muscular in the remake from the first novel starring Bond, Casino Royale.
If this is your goal, there are certain postures that help strengthen and stretch the muscles, resulting in a leaner posture:
The posture of the half boat: it is a very simple position but very useful to tone the back and abdomen. To do it, you must lie on the floor on your back, with your legs together and your hands behind your head. Raise your head and shoulder blades first, about two feet off the ground, and then lift your feet. Hold the pose for about two breaths and repeat five times.
The dog face-to-floor position on one leg: it is a more complex position. Get on the floor, on the knees and the palms of the hands. Raise your pelvis (forming an inverted V) and stretch your arms and legs well. Trying to maintain the posture, lift one leg as high as possible. After several breaths (depending on your resistance), switch legs.
The triangle pose: Stand with your feet about one meter apart. Point your right foot to the right, raise your arms in the shape of a cross and, while exhaling, slowly lean to the right. Place your right hand on your leg and lift your left arm out as far as you can. Always keep your trunk and look straight ahead. Hold a minute and repeat the same to the right side.
Variation: Inverted Triangle Pose
The chair pose: This posture tones especially thighs and calves. Put your feet together and lift your heels. Bend your knees (as if you were going to sit in a chair) and raise your arms stretching them as far as possible. Hold for one or two breaths and repeat five times.
The high plank pose: This pose is useful for strengthening arms and styling obliques. Get on the floor face down. Place your palms on the floor and stretch your arms. While you are with your arms extended, it is important that you keep your torso completely straight, including the neck and head area.
You can perform the different postures dynamically, that is, move from one to another as if it were a circuit. These poses will help you tone your body, avoid muscle imbalances, and create lean muscle mass.
It is important that you make sure that you perform the poses correctly to avoid injury. In most cases, the injuries caused by the practice of yoga are not serious, but they arise, above all, from not positioning the body correctly during the postures or for straining them. Know your limits and don’t force yourself, yoga is not a competition.