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Channel Your Inner Yogi: Guide to Yoga and Meditation

Known for its elaborate poses and calming effect, Yoga and Meditation has many including Maldives Island Resorts Naladhu Maldives jumping in the bandwagon of this popular practice. With a choice of over a 1000 poses (asana), consider the following popular asana.

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Yoga Squat (Malasana)

Yoga Squat (Malasana)

Performed in squatting position with toes pointed outwards and hands held in prayer in front of the chest, this pose is said to stretch calves and inner thighs and relieve back aches. There are many yoga positions that one can try and if you are looking for an idyllic retreat to practice yoga consider Anantara Naladhu Maldives.

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Half Moon (Ardha Candrasana)

Half Moon (Ardha Candrasana)

A test of balance, this pose requires you to balance on the right leg and right hand while the left leg is held parallel to the floor and the left arm held straight up.

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Alternate Nostril Breathing

Alternate Nostril Breathing

A breathing technique done in a seated position that aims to balance the body's nervous system leading to a release of stress and anxiety.

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Gratitude Meditation

Gratitude Meditation

By focusing your thoughts on all that you are grateful for, this is the perfect remedy for depression.

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Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

By standing on your knees with hips width apart and both hands resting on either the lower back or heels, this pose is deemed to increase lung capacity, and stimulate the adrenal, pitiuitary, pineal and thyroid glands.

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Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana)

Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana)

This requires you to sit cross-legged on the floor while leaning forward keeping a straight spine. The pose is believed to relieve menopause and prostate disorders by circulating energy through the pelvic organs.

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Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1)

Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana 1)

A muscle tension reliever, this pose requires you to stand with feet apart, with one leg in front and the back foot held at a slight angle. The front knee is bent at 90 degrees so that with the thigh is held parallel to the floor while both arms are extended upwards.

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Wheel of Vitality

Wheel of Vitality

Standing in a mid-way squat position with legs apart and feet pointed outwards, this pose includes graceful hand movements that will improve the cardiovascular system and blood circulation.

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Half Lord of The Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Half Lord of The Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Sitting with one bent knee and the other crossed over it with one hand crossed and placed atop the bent knee, this pose is known to strengthen the lower back.

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Forearm Plank

Forearm Plank

Helping to strengthen shoulders and core muscles, with the elbow positioned right under the shoulder and the palms flat on the floor, you raise yourself off the ground while maintaining a straight spine.