by Jenn Dawson: While a full yoga practice is going to reward you the most, doing a few basic yoga poses are going to provide you with some amazing benefits…

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Whether you are short on time, have a hard time getting into a regular full yoga routine, or just need to boost your overall health, these yoga poses are going to give your health an overall improvement. 5 yoga poses for good health.

Twists

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Seated twists are a great way to rid toxins from your body. Additionally, practicing twists have the following benefits:

  • Stretches the spine, shoulders, and hips
  • Massages the abdominal organs
  • Relieves lower backache, neck pain, and sciatica
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion
  • Strengthening the lower back in the second trimester of pregnancy
  • Therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome

How to:

  • Sit upright and swing legs to one side, bending at the knees.
  • Reach arms around and twist back, facing the opposite way of your legs.
  • Breath deeply into your belly.
  • Switch sides and repeat.

Standing Forward Bend

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This simplistic asana is something that can be done easily, quickly, anywhere and packs loads of benefits, including:

  • Clears fear, worry, and anxiety
  • Improves constipation
  • Relieves lower back pain
  • Relieves joint pains
  • Strengthens lower back

How to:

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart
  • With a straight back, bend at the hips as far forward as is comfortable while exhaling
  • Arms may be crossed above the head, resting on the floor or on blocks

Child’s Pose

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This asana is beneficial for deep pelvis compression and relaxes the body. Benefits include:

  • Relieves gas
  • Improves constipation
  • Relieves lower back pain
  • Relieves joint pains
  • Strengthens lower back
  • Clears fear, worry, and anxiety

How to:

  • Sit with knees tucked underneath the buttocks and with heels flexed
  • Bend forward until your head rests on the floor
  • Reach arms out in front as far as they will comfortably go
  • You may place a blanket under your forehead if you need the assistance and comfort

Bound-Angle Pose

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While packing on the health benefits, the bound-angle pose helps prepare for other beneficial asanas you may wish to add to your practice, such as tree pose. Benefits include:

  • Stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys
  • Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation
  • Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees
  • Helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, and fatigue
  • Soothes menstrual pain and sciatica
  • Relieves the symptoms of menopause
  • Therapeutic for flat feet, high blood pressure, infertility, and asthma
  • May help ease childbirth if consistently practiced throughout pregnancy
  • Traditional texts say that this pose destroys disease and relieves one of fatigue

How to:

  • Sitting wits legs straight out in front of you, bend knees in toward the pelvis as far as they will comfortably go
  • With your first and second fingers, grab both big toes
  • Don’t force the knees down, but let gravity bring the legs toward the ground

Corpse Pose

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While the name sounds alarming, it is the most calming asana there is. Better sleep is sure to come with the practice of corpse pose, as are the following benefits:

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Relaxes the body
  • Reduces headache, fatigue, and insomnia
  • Helps to lower blood pressure

How to:

  • Lie on your back
  • Legs are comfortably hip-width apart
  • Arms are resting at your side, palms facing upward, relaxed
  • Eyes are relaxed or closed
  • Breathe deeply
  • Relax every part of your body
  • Remain here for 5-30 minutes, taking care to roll to one side to exit the pose slowly and thoughtfully

Source: Yoga Time