While yoga poses have been developed for centuries to benefit every body type at every stage of life, yoga packs a special degree of advantages for women. Considered the source of life and union of various energies, according to yoga philosophy, many yoga asanas have been created to honor woman in her Hindu goddess form of Durga. Today we explore five yoga poses that every woman should practice to let her inner goddess shine and benefit every stage of her life.
Downward Facing Dog – Of the many yoga poses for women, Downward Facing Dog is one of the most beloved and popular asanas. Performed with the buttocks as the highest point and the upper and lower halves of the body as straight as possible, this pose stimulates blood flow throughout the entire body. For the best stretch, spread your hands like star fish and balance your body’s weight on your toes, heels as flat to the earth as possible.
Child’s Pose – Let all your troubles and stress dissolve into the earth with this comforting, grounding asana. When stress feels too overwhelming as you struggle to balance your life, lean forward into this soothing pose. First, kneel with toes together. Inhale and bend forward as your torso rests on your thighs and your face kisses the ground. Stretch your hands forward and create space all along your spine and rib cage.
Tree Pose – Like a mighty tree, grow self-confidence and balance as you rise up from the ground in this pose. Practice by standing on one leg with the other foot on your thigh, achieving stability for several minutes as your raise your hands, palm-to-palm, above your head. Maintain this straight, unwavering line for the benefits of balance, serenity, and empowerment.
Goddess Pose – Unleash your inner goddess and stand powerful and peaceful over all you survey with this fierce Goddess Pose. You’ll not only stretch your thighs, hips, and arms, but you will also enhance your mental, physical, and spiritual strength. Begin with your feet about three feet apart, toes turned out. On the exhale, squat deeply, stacking your knees over your feet as you extend your arms at shoulder height and bend your arms up at 90-degree angles. Roar your womanly call as loud as you want and show the world who you are.
Cobra Pose – We women are sensitive warriors, and sometimes that can take a toll on our hearts. Protect your heart with the Cobra Pose. This chest-opening pose allows you to open your heart and reconnect with ourselves in a loving, grounding cycle of inhalation and exhalation. As you press into the ground and push your chest upwards and your head back on the inhale, you’ll also strengthen and improve your back flexibility and core strength.
We at Core Fusion love helping women find their inner Durga. Come try these yoga poses for women and many other poses in our Core Yoga classes. For more information on yoga or signing up, contact us today.