Many people don’t associate yoga with weightlifting. However, you will be surprised to know that a few simple yoga poses can help you improve your lifting techniques, increase your strength and flexibility, improve your postural alignment, and protect your shoulders and back from injury. So if you are wondering how to get all these benefits and which yoga poses to include in your daily routine, don’t worry because we have found a perfect guide for you. Courtesy of Sarvesh Shashi.
Sarvesh Shashi, the founder of a nationwide network of yoga studios called Sarva Yoga in partnership with Jennifer Lopez and Malaika Arora, took to Instagram to share a video that features Yoga poses for weightlifters. He shared five easy yoga poses in the clip, titled “Hey Weightlifters, You’ve Done Yoga and You Don’t Even Know It.” Weightlifters can easily include these asanas in their fitness routine. The poses are Anjaneyasana Where Crescent Moon Pose, Bhujangasana Where cobra pose, Virabhadrasana I Where Warrior Pose I, Setu Bandhasana Where bridge pose, and Dhanurasana Where bow pose.
“Wait! Weightlifters have been doing yoga forever and haven’t even realized it. Cat-Cow stretches before or after your deadlifts? Superman after a lower body workout? Front bends, backbends.. . I can give you countless examples. Here are 5 poses you should do if you want to lift better,” Sarvesh Shashi captioned the post.
Watch the video here:
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Benefits of Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose:
Anjaneyasana or the crescent moon pose helps release tension in the hips, stretches the hamstrings, quadriceps, and groin, and strengthens the knees. It also helps develop mental focus and provides flexibility in the legs, shoulders, arms, abdomen, back and knees.
Benefits of Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose:
Bhujangasana strengthens the spine, stretches the chest, shoulders and abdomen, tones the buttocks, stimulates the abdominal organs, helps relieve stress and fatigue and soothes sciatica.
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Virabhadrasana I or Warrior Pose I Benefits:
Virabhadrasana I or Warrior Pose I helps strengthen the back muscles, biceps, triceps and hamstrings. It improves balance and creates strength and stability in the shoulder joints.
Benefits of Setu Bandhasana or Bridge Pose:
Bridge Pose also offers several benefits including opening chest, core and hip flexors, stretching the chest, rejuvenating tired legs, shoulders and spine, soothing the body and reduction of stress and mild depression.
Benefits of Dhanurasana or Bow Pose:
Dhanurasana is a backbend yoga pose that strengthens the muscles of the back and abdomen, improves the spine, helps relieve pain, stimulates the reproductive organs, and improves menstrual disorders.