“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” – Anonymous
The holistic power of the ancient science of life has been healing people for ages, providing spiritual, physical, mental and emotional support. Throughout the ages and eras, the mystical art has served its purpose profoundly to people of all ages and genders equally, especially to the woman.
A woman goes through various phases during her life from childhood to menarche, from motherhood to menopause. The phases lead to a lot of changes in the body, mind and emotions and yoga is the way out to balance them all.
According to the ancient yogic philosophy, a woman is the manifestation of Hindu Goddess Durga and is the source of life and power to all kinds of energy. She is expected to be on her toes, and in the modern time, women do revolve in all directions managing everything from work, home, family, kids, etc. with no time for self.
With so much to do, it surely is impossible for busy and working women to have some quality ‘me’ time which is essential for complete wellness. Self-love, self-discovery, and personal outlook are essential and can be achieved through yoga.
Here are the ten best yoga poses for working women to feel relaxed and rejuvenated in the chaotic lifestyle for complete replenishment.
1. Tree Pose (Vrkasana)
Vrkasana or Tree Pose depicts the replica of a tree and bestow the gracefulness and steadiness of it. The pose is a great way to bring balance in the body, mind, and life. The pose strengthens the spine and brings balance to the posture, improves neuro-muscular coordination, tones the lower body and arms, makes the hip and knee joints stronger, relieves sciatica, and enhances concentration.
2. Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana)
With the pose attain the fierceness of the Goddess by delving deep into the practice and is a way to reach to the great level of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual perfection and wellbeing. The pose stretches the thighs, hips and strengthens the arms muscles providing the holistic empowerment.
3. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
A quite challenging pose, Chair Pose is an intense and powerful asana that makes it one fierce pose. Utkatasana stretches the hips and spine, strengthens the back, tones legs, balances body and mind, massages abdominal organs, strengthens the immune system and reduces stress.
4. Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2)
Women are a warrior in real lives in many ways, and the pose enhances their strength and power. Virabhadrasana 2 is really beneficial and celebrates the achievement of a mythical warrior like women. The pose increases stamina strengthens the hands and legs, stimulates the abdominal organs, relieves backaches during pregnancy, relives infertility and promotes auspiciousness.
5. Garland Pose (Malasana)
A yoga squat pose, Malasana is extremely beneficial for women during pregnancy as it helps with an easy and smooth delivery. Stretches the body, instigates metabolism, activates the digestive system, improves posture, and a lot more, Malasana makes each body part to express itself.
6. Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Savasana)
Packed with a lot of benefits, Adho Mukha Savasana is amazing and extremely essential for women to practice every day. It is a quick and easy to perform asana for a busy woman and provides deep relaxation. The asana strengthens the abdomen keeping the reproductive system and menstruation cycle in good health, decreases anxiety, tones the feet to keep you always on the run, and a lot more.
7. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Child’s pose is a restorative yoga asana that provides deep relaxation and stretches the hips, back, and quads. Child’s pose can be done in the morning or before the bed. The asana releases tension, dizziness and fatigue making you feel fresh, light, active and energetic throughout the day. Balasana reduces stress, provides better sleep, calms the mind, and rejuvenates the body proving a solace to the being.
8. Boat Pose (Naukasana)
If done with great dedication, the pose proves to be extremely empowering and energy bestowing. The boat pose balances our lives, makes us calm to ship easily through rough time, and are packed with endless benefits. The pose is beneficial when you have no time for a full-fledged workout and relaxes you.
9. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Asana)
Daily practice of this asana helps to open the chest, deepen the breath and re-energize the body. Bridge pose allows you to strengthen the body, enhance robustness and increase flexibility. Working women do face issues with the constant sitting and then standing for long hours for household chores, and the backbend pose is a great way to deal with the stiff back or back pain issue.
10. Seated Half Twist Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Prolonged sitting and standing can lead to bad posture, backache, and unhealthy spinal health, but this asana helps to improve the posture and spine health. Ardha Matsyendrasana should be an integral part of your workout regime that benefits menstrual disorders and comes with loads of other benefits for a working woman.
Complete the workout with Savasana, these power-packed ten poses bring inner peace, reduce stress, enhance focus, boost energy and relax the entire body.
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organizes 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. Bipin Baloni conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.