Forward bending stretch one's hamstrings and lower back. Stretching also adds strength to the back and legs often relieving lower back pain.
Forward bends are challenging once one goes beyond the beginning stage. Here you can make good use of a prop like a strap to help you learn new poses. Blocks also provide support as one learns new forward bending poses.
Back bending poses focus on the chest, ribs, and lower back. They also tend to release shoulder tension and add to arm strength.
Balance poses challenge everyone from beginner to guru. Like standing poses, balance poses target the lower back and legs. They also serve to improve posture. It is quite easy to get excited about balance poses because they are good fun. They also work to improve one's spiritual connection with the universe.
Balance poses zero in on one's attention and concentration as an added bonus. You can't do even the simplest balance pose unless you are fully focused on staying upright. By focusing on concentration there is a benefit the spills over to one's everyday life as well.
The Connection to Yoga Apparel
Look, learning these poses and developing one's concentration is a goal of yoga practice. For a moment, I want you to think of your yoga practice wearing yoga apparel that bunches at the knees and groin as you stretch. Where is your concentration going to? Not to the pose for sure. It will go to the area of greatest discomfort and distraction.
To end the discomfort, one should seriously think about the proper yoga apparel for the practice. If your yoga apparel feels like a second skin, there will be no distractions. Your concentration focuses on the pose. The meditative benefits of the pose become second-nature. All this because you choose the proper yoga apparel for the workout.
The simple truth is that your practice improves solely because you wear the proper yoga apparel. At the very least, properly fitting yoga pants and sports bra are a winning combination.
It is counter-productive to think that at the beginning you can cut corners and wear bulky or loose-fitting clothing to do the work of yoga practice. Do that and you are likely not to make it past even the simplest poses. Wear the proper yoga apparel and you'll add to the enjoyment of the practice. You'll likely make a lifetime commitment to the practice. Simple yes?
Author Bio Information
Sandy Fischel is the marketing director at And Above All YOGA, a wholly owned division of The Fischel Group LLC. She has an extensive career in brick and mortar retail fashion. Along with her two siblings, she created And Above All YOGA in January 2018 and launched the online store in early February of the same year. Sandy is responsible for marketing and advertising for And Above All YOGA. Her goal is to generate awareness of this unique boutique approach to custom designed yoga apparel for women (and men!)
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