10 of my Favorite Yoga Poses [and the Great Things They Do For You]

It’s no secret that I love yoga…it makes everything more awesome, as far as I’m concerned.

Here’s a collection of my favorite poses and how they do a body good. This is also a great vinyasa series, when performed one right after the other!

1. Standing Forward Bend

  • Relieves stress
  • Stretches hips, hamstrings, and calves
  • Strengthens thighs and knees
  • Reduces fatigue and anxiety

2. Standing Half-Forward Bend

  • Stretches torso
  • Strengthens back
  • Improves posture
  • Stimulates belly

3. Downward Facing Dog

  • Increases flexibility and stretches hands, shoulders, calves, hamstrings, and back
  • Strengthens legs and shoulders
  • Increases energy and relieves stress
  • Improves digestion

4. Standing Split from Downward Dog

  • Calms the body
  • Strengthens glutes
  • Stretches thighs and hips
  • Relieves depression and fatigue

5. Tricep Pushup (Chaturanga)

  • Strengthens triceps, core, and chest

6. Upward Facing Dog

  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens glutes, back, arms, and wrists
  • Stretches chest, shoulders, and abdomen
  • Relieves depression and fatigue

7. Crescent Pose

  • Stretches shoulders, chest, neck, arms, back, groin, and belly
  • Strengthens and stretches thighs, calves, and ankles

8. Warrior II

  • Strengthens and stretches legs and ankles
  • Stretches chest, groin, and shoulders
  • Increases stamina
  • Stimulates abs
  • Relieves backaches

9. Reverse Warrior

  • Stretches torso and back
  • Strengthens and stretches torso, groin, and thighs

10. Triangle Pose

  • Stretches and strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles
  • Stretches hips, groin, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest, and spine
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves backache
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