Useful Yoga Poses For Treating Muscle Soreness

By Patricia | December 12, 2008
Yoga For Muscle Soreness

Yoga is an ancient practice that helps the mind, body, and soul. For more that 5,000 years, it has been practiced as the best means of attaining holistic health. Yoga includes breathing exercises, meditation, and poses. While the first two are effective in calming the mind and body and alleviating stress, Yoga poses help in making the body stronger and more flexible. Most athletes incorporate Yoga sessions into their daily work out routine in order to avoid over training and injury. Some of the Yoga poses serve as excellent stretching exercises that ensure prevention as well as treatment of muscle soreness.

Listed below are some poses that will help alleviate muscle soreness caused by over training. There are many other poses including the ones listed here that can be extremely beneficial.

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana): Keeping your feet apart, stand and place your hands on your hips. Lift your arms towards the sky as you inhale slowly. While exhaling, bend forward, forming a 90-degree angle at your hips. Gently bring your arms closer to the ground beside your feet. Remember, to not lock your knees when doing this. If you are unable to touch the floor, hold onto your calves and bend your knees slightly. Hold this position for as long as you can, and return to starting position.

Tree Pose (Vrksasana): Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Raise one foot and place it on the inner thigh of your other leg as high as you can. Keep your palms together in front of you, and stay in this position for as long as you can hold it. Repeat with the other leg too.

Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana): Keeping more than shoulder-width between your feet, stand and lift your arms up to shoulder level; your palms should be facing the sky. Slowly, while exhaling, bend at your torso such that one arm is along the length of your leg and the other is pointing toward the sky. Repeat on the other side.

Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana): Stand up straight. Lunge forward until your knee is directly over your foot. This is the base position. Inhaling slowly, lift your arms up towards the sky, and move your knee back until the thighs of your outstretched leg are parallel to the floor. Hold this pose for a few minutes. Slowly exhale and lower your arms. Return to the base position.

Cat Pose (Bidalasana): Get down on all fours. Keep your hands under your shoulder, and keep feet relaxed. Keep an angle of 90-degress at your shoulders, hips, and knees. Inhale slowly and push your stomach down toward the floor. Then, slowly push downward on your arms and lift your back up, while exhaling. Keep your head down. Hold this position for about 15 seconds. Repeat.

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