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Guys! These poses are for you! November 6, 2011

Filed under: Asanas — rainbowyoga @ 2:01 am

A lot has been written about the application of yoga to support women’s health, especially in the realm of pregnancy and the menstrual cycle. It might seem silly to think that men would need a special application of yoga to support their health when the whole system was originally created by men for men exclusively. The truth is that the pressures of modern society put men in a difficult situation with regards to their health. We are primed by the culture to be active and aggressive in the support of our goals. We are supposed to keep our emotions hidden and not to complain. Fitness culture pushes us to over-work and tighten our bodies with explosive muscular action. All of this puts huge amounts of stress on our joints, our nervous systems and our organs. Here are five simple poses we can do on a regular basis to help support our continued wellness:

 

1. Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose)

Hold for 5 minutes or more.

Opens the pelvis and hips, promoting softness and space around the prostate and gonads.

Improves blood flow to the abdomen and pelvis, aiding in general organ health and in digestion.

Opens the chest and shoulders, taking pressure off the neck and head, reducing the effects of long-term stress.

Opens the abdomen and supports the kidneys and adrenals, also reducing the effects of long-term stress.

2. Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Bog Toe Pose 2) with a bolster under the thigh

Modify this by placing a blanket under the head. Place a bolster, block or rolled up blanket under the upper thigh of the raised leg. Hold on to the foot with a belt and bend the knee to make the pose more accessible if necessary. Hold for a minute or two on each side.

Opens the pelvis and hips, promoting softness and space around the prostate and gonads.

Tones the abdomen, lower back and organs, improving general functioning.

Widens the chest, back and shoulders, taking pressure off the neck and head, reducing the effects of long-term stress.

3. Child’s Pose over a bolster

Hold for 5 minutes or more.

Softens, lengthens and widens the back body, allowing the spine to lengthen and creating space for the kidneys and adrenals. Helps to reduce the effects of long-term stress.

Widens the pelvic floor and lower abdominal area, improving blood flow and functioning of the gonads and prostate.

4. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) in a chair

Hold for 3 to 5 minutes.

Opens the chest and shoulders, taking pressure off the neck and head, reducing the effects of long-term stress.

The inversion changes the orientation of the organs to gravity, improving blood flow and general functioning.

The inversion also helps to release the pelvic floor and lower abdomen, softening and creating space for the organs.

The slight back bend supports the kidneys and adrenals, reducing the effects of long-term stress.

5. Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster

Hold for 3 to 5 minutes on each side.

Softens, lengthens and widens the back body, allowing the spine to lengthen and creating space for the kidneys and adrenals. Helps to reduce the effects of long-term stress.

Widens the pelvic floor and lower abdominal area, improving blood flow and functioning of the gonads and prostate.

The gentle twist helps tone the organs, improving overall functioning.

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