Yoga for men — 5 asanas to increase stamina and flexibility

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The idea of having a better-looking body is not just restricted to women. These days even men spend hours in the gym sculpting their body. However, men are usually skeptical about doing yoga as there is a preconceived notion that yoga won’t help them build muscles. The fact is yoga is not an alternative for gym, but an add-on that has many long-term benefits. In fact, yoga asanas prepare the body for workouts in the gym by making you more flexible and increasing your stamina. It creates a muscular balance in the body and helps reduce stress. Practising yoga will help you improve your posture that gets disturbed through sitting on a desk and staring at a computer screen for long hours.

Below are five basic postures listed by yoga expert Sunaina Rekhi that will provide with the foundation of flexibility and strength that every man needs.

1. Ardha matsyendrasana or half spinal twist

Most asanas bend the spinal column either backward or forward. In order to make it truly flexible, it must be twisted laterally as well. This asana helps improve the elasticity of the spine. The movement also tones the spinal nerves and ligaments.

Steps:

• Kneel down with your legs together, resting on your heels.

• Then sit to the right of your feet.

• Lift your left leg over your right, placing the foot against the outside of the right knee. Bring your right heel close to your buttocks. Keep the spine erect.

• Stretch your arms out to the sides at shoulder level and twist around to your left.

• Now bring the right arm down on the outside of the left knee and hold the left foot in the right hand, placing your left hand on the floor behind you. Exhaling, twist as far as possible to the left. Look over the left shoulder and hold for thirty seconds.

• Repeat the sequence twisting to the right.

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