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SUN SALUTATION (Surya Namaskara) The sun salutation is an excellent warm up exercise working on promoting flexibility in the body and gives a range of vertebral movements to the spine. It is not an asana but a series of gentle flowing movements in rhythm with the breath.

  • Strengthens & stretches all the major muscle groups of the body
  • Improves intake & flow of oxygen
  • Stimulates the respiratory system
  • Brings a feeling of warmth & energy to the whole body
  • Nerves are gently toned & allowed to relax
  • Concentration is enhanced

SHOULDERSTAND (Sarvangasana) The shoulder stand is said to benefit all parts of the body, hence its Sanskrit name which comes from 'sarvanga' meaning 'all parts'.

  • Strengthens respiratory & circulatory systems
  • Heart & brain receive a rich supply of nutrients
  • Relief from varicose veins
  • Improves memory and the senses
  • Massages thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Responsible for metabolism control
  • regulating hormones, bone tissue growth & maintaining calcium levels

PLOUGH (Halasana) Forward bending position

  • Relieves tension
  • Stretches the spine
  • Relieves insomnia

FISH (Matsyasana) Counter pose to the shoulder stand , the fish gives a backward stretch to the thoracic and cervical regions of the spine.

  • Natural massaging of the spine
  • Increases lung capacity
  • Relieves asthma

FORWARD BEND (Pashchimottanasana) Our spines often become compressed due to spending most of our time in an upright position. The forward bend helps to keep the spine flexible.

  • Invigorates internal organs
  • Reduces body fat
  • Regulates intestines & pancreas
  • Invigorates the nervous system

COBRA (Bhujangasana) In the cobra position the upper body is curling up and back resembling the snake. Gently arching the spine in this way works on the flexibility of the lower back.

  • Flexibility of the spine
  • Ovaries & uterus are toned
  • Massages internal organs

BOW (Dhanurasana) In the Bow both halves of the body are being lifted off the ground at the same time, all parts of the back are working simultaneously and help to increase suppleness and strength in the spine and hips.

  • Flexibility of entire spine
  • Invigorating massage to all internal organs
  • Gives vigour & vitality

HALF SPINAL TWIST (Ardha Matsyendrasana) This posture gives a lateral stretch to all the vertebrae, back muscles and hips.

  • Elasticity of the spine increases
  • Spinal ligaments receive a rich supply of blood
  • Relieves lower back pain
  • Joints become active

STANDING FORWARD BEND (PadaHastasana) This posture has many of the same benefits as the sitting forward bend.

  • Spinal flexibility increases
  • Invigorates nervous system
  • Leg length irregularities corrected
  • Reduces excess fat

TRIANGLE (Trikonasana)

  • Tones spinal nerves
  • Improves hip flexibility
  • Helps increase stability in many other postures