Last updated 26 Feb 2018 . 8 min read

10 Most Popular Asanas As A Yoga Trainer Should Know

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There’s a lot that goes into being a yoga trainer. And then there’s a lot more that goes into making you a good yoga trainer. One of the most important points to remember is that teaching yoga and practicing it are two completely different things.

With the latter, you know the smaller details and hence, don’t need to look into each and every minute aspect as you already know most of it. But with teaching, it is more about how you get the message of how the student has to do each and every fine detail right in order to get the bigger picture of getting his posture right. And how you get the message across goes a long way in determining how good a teacher you become.

There are lots of such aspects that a trainer has to keep in mind when conducting classes, like the letting his students know the importance of yoga. Being a good instructor is another way of getting your students to achieve their goals in the best possible way. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the ten asanas (poses/postures) a yoga trainer should know, in no particular order.

#1. Slow Neck Stretches

One of the more basic types of yoga poses which can help beginners get a feel of what lies ahead, while also being of good use for the more experienced practitioners to get their regimen started. It is good to perform a few sets of these neck stretches as it comforts the strain and tension on your neck. The best part is that you can do this asana whether standing or sitting on a chair!

#2. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

A posture that helps stretch and strengthens your muscles, hence improving the functions of your body, the trikonasana has great benefits for women who are pregnant. Along with helping ease blood flow through the body, it also helps in bringing down blood pressure, anxiety and stress. This posture is also a great way to burn fat from your waist and thighs while facilitating your body’s balance and concentration.

#3. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

A great asana to start your day, practicing this every morning is a good way to massage our back, hands, spine, and body. Another plus point is that this is a recommended way to help increase your height!

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

#4. Kapalbhati Yoga Asana

Kapalbhati is the most recommended form of pranayama (breathing exercise) to help cure a bad stomach, while also helping lose weight (especially belly fat). Such is its effect on the body that five minutes of regular practice removes harmful toxins from our body, while also increasing metabolism. This, in turn, helps cure constipation, diabetes, acidity, asthma and any other respiratory disease like sinus, while also curing you of hair fall!

#5. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold Pose)

This bending forward pose helps bring down stress and anxiety, while the arm binding around the legs acts like a profound shoulder stretch. This because the binding of hand helps the arms stretch, which in turn help the shoulders relax by tightening them. The most obvious positive is that it helps stretch the legs a great deal while helping facilitate blood flow to the brain.

#6. Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)

Another pose suited for beginners in yoga, the baddha konasana helps open the hips and helps ease lower back discomfort, especially of sciatica, something that happens when you sit for a long duration. A nerve the begins at the lower back and runs down both legs, the sciatica nerve radiates pain when it is compressed, which can occur during long journeys which involves a lot of sitting.

#7. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Used as an effective tool in weight loss programs, dhanurasana helps get rid of belly fat. A basic asana to stretch legs and reduce weight, this pose improves flexibility, balance, and strength, while reducing anxiety and stress. Some of its other benefits include shortening labor, thus improving birth outcomes, while bringing down symptoms of lower back pain, reducing disturbances during sleep and hypertension. This pose also increases energy and brings down fatigue and is useless to patients suffering from asthma and chronic diseases.

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

#8. Eagle Twist Posture

A great way to improve horizontal spinal flexibility, this asana also helps you relax. Another posture that is recommended to those who are new to yoga, daily practice helps relieve pain both in the lower belly and back.

#9. Sirasana (Headstand Pose)

People with sleeping disorder take note! Practicing this asana on a regular basis can aid in curing insomnia. But this asana is more than just something that cures your sleeping issues. It also reduces spine problems, while improving mental balance and powers of concentration. Facilitating an increase in blood circulation throughout your body, it leads to an increase in brain memory and functions. If you are going through problems with your liver or suffer from regular headaches, worry not for this can help reduce these issues as well.

#10. Sethu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)

This is another pose that helps cure insomnia, backaches, and headaches, apart from stretching the back and legs. But this posture is better to be done under the supervision of some instructor, as there are chances of neck injuries happening. It also helps a great deal in strengthening your stomach and neck.

While being an expert or experienced in yoga is important if you want to become a yoga trainer, it is imperative that you do not stop there. Getting a certificate for teaching it helps a great deal, as it attracts customers who are always willing to trust someone who has a validation in what they teach.

A certification also helps you get to know the nuances of teaching yoga, while also giving you an idea of how to impart all the knowledge you have picked up. That can only help you when you are facing a class full of yoga students, ranging from aspirants to those who themselves have some experience practicing this art form.

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