Do you think yoga is only for women? No, this isn’t true as men can benefit from certain yoga postures even more than women, which is due to their larger and tighter muscles. Yoga is used by both men and women to relax, build flexibility, connect their bodies and minds and develop muscle tone.
Here are the 5 Best Yoga Poses for Men:
1. Warrior Pose
The Warrior pose is one of the best yoga poses for men. It is also known as Virbhadra’s pose. To practice this pose, you have to raise your arms straight in the air, take a step back with your right foot by keeping your heels in line. Your left foot should be parallel while turning your right foot to a 45 degrees angle. Square your hips and sink into the position by bending your left leg to about a 90-degree angle. It seems difficult to do but when you master it you will love this pose.
Benefits: This pose targets almost the whole body which includes thighs, calves, ankles, chest, lungs, shoulders, neck, belly, knees, and back muscles.
2. Chair Pose
Chair pose is known as “Utkatasana” pose which means powerful or fierce. To perform this pose, the distance between your feet and the wall should be roughly two feet, your both knees should be at 90-degree angles as if you were sitting in a chair.
Benefits: The Chair Pose strengthens your thighs while also assisting with knee stabilization. Your ankles will become stronger and more flexible, while your arms and shoulders will gain strength and flexibility.
3. Hero Pose
Virasana or Hero Pose is a healing pose for tired legs at the end of the day. Perform this pose by kneeling on the floor and then placing your hands on your knees.
Benefits: The hero pose increases the flexibility of the hip, leg, and knee especially for men between ages 40-50.
4. Boat Pose
Boat posture, also known as Nava Sana. To perform this pose you need to keep the knees bent and the feet flat on the ground, now draw the lower tummy in and up by engaging inner thigh muscles. Now, raise your legs higher and spread your toes. Your arms should be parallel to the ground while performing this pose.
Benefits: It is excellent for developing the abdominal muscles, legs, spine, back, hips, arms, and shoulders.
5. Upward Facing Dog
Starting on your stomach, with your feet hip-distance apart and your hands beside your lower abdomen. Extend all ten toes straight back to engage your quadriceps by pressing your nails firmly into the mat. As you push yourself up, keep your arms straight and your hands shoulder-width apart. Raise your knees from the ground slightly and draw the chest forward and up.
Benefits: This pose also helps to enhance body posture, strengthens the arm muscle, and stretches the back muscles.
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