Your life may be physically sedentary, but your schedule is hectic. You have to deal with everyday stressors that are bound to wear you out. It helps to have a lot of stamina to help you get through the day with ease. When you have energy and endurance, you will not only be able to do well in your professional life but will also be able to enjoy your life outside of work. To be able to stock up on stamina, you need to eat well, sleep well, and incorporate some form of stress relievers and physical activity in your life. Practicing yoga is a great way to build stamina and to improve your mental health to be able to face the daily challenges of life. And, you don’t require fancy equipment in order to practice yoga. All you need is a yoga mat, a few minutes of your time, and some determination to make your life better. Here are a few yoga poses to build stamina that will last all day long.
1. Child Pose
Sit on the floor or a mat in such a way that your ankles touch your buttocks. Bend forward slowly and touch the floor with your palms. You should try to touch the ground with your nose to be able to do this pose perfectly. Don’t exert yourself too much if you are a beginner and are not able to bend too low. You will get the hang of it with regular practice. When you do this pose regularly, you will notice an increase in your stamina level. This pose also helps to stretch your back and spine and relieves back pain and fatigue. It also promotes steady breathing and calms your mind.
2. Boat Pose
The boat pose is also known as naukasana. In order to do this pose, lie down on the floor. Raise your feet and hands up to the same level from the floor and hold the pose for a while. This pose not only builds stamina but also tones your entire body. If you have fat on your body, you will feel your entire body trembling once you complete this pose. So, you will end up shedding some extra weight from your body. You will also benefit from is pose if you are suffering from hernia.
3. Bridge Pose
To do this pose, lie down on the floor or a mat and place your hands by your side with your palms facing down and touching the ground. Bend your knees and bring your feet toward you. Keep your knees together and the sole of your feet on the ground. Slowly lift your hips upward. Hold this pose for a while. You will notice a marked difference in your stamina level when you perform this pose consistently.
4. Plough Pose
If you are new to yoga and are not very flexible, the plough pose may take some getting used to. Lie on the floor and slowly raise both your legs and try to touch the ground behind your head with your feet. Hold the back of your hips for some support and hold the pose for a while. Besides increasing your stamina, this pose tones your lower body, strengthen your neck, shoulders, and back, and boosts your immunity.
5. Kapalbhati Pranayam
To do this pranayam, sit normally with your legs folded and place your palms on your knees. Breathe in softly and throw your breath out. You will know you are breathing correctly when your stomach moves in and out as you breathe. Do this for 5 minutes without stopping. If 5 minutes is not possible, start with 1 minute and make your way up to 5. Practicing this pose consistently will increase your stamina, make your skin glow, and make your belly flat.
If you have any injuries, do consult your doctor before you try the different yoga poses. You can also take the help of a yoga instructor to know that you are performing the poses safely.