Top 7 Yoga Poses for Intermediates

Top 7 Yoga Poses for Intermediates

If you complete all the beginners yoga poses and became master, now it is the time to move towards the advance yoga poses for intermediates which give you more effectiveness and more strength.

To find out top 10 Beginners Yoga poses click here.

This advance poses will give you more challenge in your yogic path.

Therefore, here we pick up top 7 Yoga poses for the intermediates with step by step instructions.

 

Bhujangasana.

“Bhujangasana” is also called “Cobra Pose”. It is a lie down back twisting asana and a part of hatha and modern yoga as exercise.

Bhujan Asana
Bhujangasana

Step by Step Instructions.

Step 1.

Lie on the floor with the support of abdomen. Spread the arms along with the body.

Step 2.

Fold the arms over the shoulders and place it at the bottom of the surface.

Step 3.

Lift the arm, neck and shoulders. Raise the body upward and make an arch by looking forward. Maintain it for 10-15 seconds.

Contraindications or Limitations.

  • Do not allow people suffering from gastric ulcers, microorganisms and tuberculosis.

The Best Part or Benefits.

  • Strengthen shoulders and neck.
  • Improve the health of abdomen.
  • Strengthen chest muscle.
  • Increase blood flow.
  • Reduce lethargy and stress.(1)
  • Develops flexibility of the upper and middle back.
  • Beneficial for those who are suffering from respiratory disorders like asthma.(2),(3),(4)

Repetitions.

  • Recommended 2-3 repetitions.
 

Virabhadrasana I.

This asana, also known as “Warrior I Pose”. Virabhadra is an epic character created by Lord Shiva and this posture develops its name from there.

Virabhadrasana I
Virabhadrasana I

Step by Step Instructions.

Step 1.

Create a Mountain Pose and stretch your feet at about 4 feet. Raise your arms vertical to the surface and keep them parallel to each other. Now, stretch the hands through the little finger sides toward the roof.

Step 2.

Rotate your left foot in 45-60 degrees to the right and right foot 90 degrees to the right. The right heel should be align with the left heel.

Step 3.

Breathe out and rotate your upper body to the right, square off the front of your pelvis as much as possible with front edge of the mat.

Step 4.

By left heel firmly attached the floor, slowly breath out and twist your right knee over the right ankle.

Step 5.

Spread strongly through your arms support and lift the rib cage away from the pelvis. Hold your head and look forward.

Step 6.

Take gentle breath and keep this position for 30 seconds.

Contraindications or Limitations.

  • Person with heart problems, shoulder injury and high blood pressure should avoid this exercise.

The Best Part or Benefits.

  • Stretches the chest muscle.
  • Strengthens thighs, ankles and calves.
  • Beneficial for shoulders, neck and belly.
  • Improve lungs health.
  • Strengthens the arms and back muscles.

Repetitions.

  • Recommended 3-4 repetitions.
 

Vriksh Asana.

It is an easy way to balance. Like a tree, the legs look like roots, arms are like branches and pliers, lancers are like the trunks of the tree. All these make a shape of a tree. With the practice of this asana, the movements of the body become like trees. That is why it is called Vriksh Asana or Tree Pose.

Vriksh Asana
Vriksh Asana

Step by Step Instructions.

Step 1.

Stand with the feet together. The arms are both sides and look at the front.

Step 2.

Fold the right leg from the knee. Place the soles of the right leg as high as possible and put it inside the left thigh.

Step 3.

By balancing on the left foot, raise both arms above the head and now brought the hand to the chest with both arms folded over each other.

Step 4.

In this position, stay for 10-15 seconds.

Step 5.

To get back the normal position, both arms are brought down next to the body. Put the right leg down to the surface and stand straight. Repeat the entire process alternatively with the left foot.

Contraindications or Limitations.

  • The person who have dizziness should not practice this asana.

The Best Part or Benefits.

  • Rejuvenate the entire body.
  • Stretches the legs, back and arms.
  • Balance your mind.
  • Improve attentiveness and concentration.
  • Reduce problems of slipped disc.
  • Improve body balance.
  • Improves core muscles.(5)

Repetitions.

Recommended 3-4 repetitions.

 

Paschimott Asana.

In Sanskrit ‘Paschim’ means back (back). In this posture we mainly focus on the back of the body. It is also called “Seated Forward Bend Pose“.

Paschimott Asana
Paschimott Asana

Step by Step Instructions.

Step 1.

Sit with both legs in front. Fold the elbow and make a hook with fingers.

Step 2.

While breathe out lean the body down towards and hold the claws with the help of fingers.

Step 3.

Move the head between the arms. Trying to get the forehead towards the knees while keeping the legs slightly bent.

Step 4.

Keep this position for 5-10 seconds.

Step 5.

To get back to the normal position lift the head slowly with gentle breath. Leave the claw and bring the chest upward. Bring the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left and sit normally.

Contraindications or Limitations.

People suffering from cardiovascular diseases, stomach ulcers, chronic episodes should not be practiced.

The Best Part or Benefits.

  • Calms mind also give relieves from depression and stress.(6)
  • Improve digestion.
  • Give relaxation from menopause and menstrual distress.(7)
  • Reduced Anxiety, fatigue and headaches.
  • Strengthen the shoulders, hamstrings and spine.
  • Activate kidneys, liver, uterus and ovaries.
  • Can heal insomnia.(8)
  • Can cure high blood pressure, infertility and sinusitis.
  • Increase appetite and reduce obesity.

Repetitions.

Recommended 2-3 repetitions.

 

Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana.

“Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana” also known as “Rising Facing Dog Pose”. It is a part of the popular Surya Namaskar and quite similar like “Bhujangasana.

Urdha Mukha Shvasana Yoga Poses for Intermediates
Urdha Mukha Shvasana

Step by Step Instructions.

Step 1.

Lie horizontally on the surface. Expanse your legs with the tops of your feet. Twist your elbows and extent your palms on the surface next to your waist. So that your forearms are reasonably vertical to the surface.

Step 2.

Breathe in and press your hands on the floor. Then straight your arms and lift your upper body upward with a gentle breath.

Step 3.

Push the tailbone near the pubis and lift toward the navel. Keep it stable but do not stabilize the buttocks.

Step 4.

Fixed the shoulder against the back. Lift the body and look upward.

Step 5.

Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds, with a gentle breath.

Contraindications or Limitations.

  • Person should avoid, those have back injury, headache and pregnancy.

The Best Part or Benefits.

  • Develops posture.
  • Strengthens the arms, spine and wrists.
  • Improve health of abdominal organs.
  • Relieve depression, fatigue and sciatica.
  • Beneficial to asthma.
  • Stretches the muscle of chest, lungs, shoulders and abdomen.
  • Hardens the muscles of buttocks.

Repetitions.

  • Recommended 2-3 repetitions.
 

Bhadrasana.

“Bhadrasana” also known as “Gracious Pose”. It is a seated asana also a part of hatha and modern yoga. Bhadrasana is proper form of meditation seat.

Bhadrasana Yoga Poses for Intermediates
Bhadrasana

Step by Step Instructions.

Step 1.

First spread the legs in front and sit straight.  Now (according to the picture) put the leaves and stalks of the two legs together.

Step 2.

Now keep both hands on both toe together and keep the spine straight.

Step 3.

Hold breath for 20 to 30 seconds.

Contraindications or Limitations.

  • Person those are suffering from severe arthritis must avoid this exercise.

The Best Part or Benefits.

  • Improves flexibility of legs.
  • Increase digestion.
  • Decrease labour pain.
  • Improves brain power, focus and concentration.
  • Reduce fatigue.
  • Build up thighs, backbone, hips and buttocks.
  • Beneficial for those who are suffering from varicose veins and painful leg muscles.
  • Decrease infertility.(9)

Repetitions.

  • Recommended 4-5 repetitions.
 

Trikon Asana.

This asana is also known as “Triangle Pose, the body creates an appearance of ‘Triangle’, so it is called “Trikon Asana”.

Trikonasana
Trikonasana

Step by Step Instructions.

Step 1.

Stand straight, feet together and hands next to thighs. Keep your feet 1-2 feet away.

Step 2.

Take gentle breath, spread the arms on both sides and lift them upwards. The arms must be parallel to the body.

Step 3.

While exhaling, bow to the left and place the left hand on the left foot.

Step 4.

Move the right arm up. Both sides will be at 180 degree. With this condition, maintain 5 to 10 seconds of rest with normal respiration.

Step 5.

Alternately the right arm brought to the left side.

Step 6.

For get back to the normal position, lift the left palm, straighten the arm and bring the arms to the floor. While exhaling, put the arm down and bring the hands to the side of the thighs. Take your legs together.

Contraindications or Limitations.

  • Do not practice this asana if you have more back pain.

The Best Part or Benefits.

  • Build up the legs, arms, chest, knees and ankles.
  • Increases mental and physical equilibrium.
  • Helps to improve digestion.
  • Releases the hips, hamstrings, calves, shoulders and spine.
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, sciatica and back pain.(10)

Repetitions.

  • Recommended 2-4 repetitions.
 

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. What are most effective intermediate yoga poses?

Here you find 15 selected yoga poses specially designed for intermediates;

  • Boat Pose or Paripurna Nav Asana.
  • Bow Pose or Dhanur Asana.
  • Chair pose or Utkat Asana.
  • Cow face pose or Gomukh Asana.
  • Half Spinal Twist pose or Ardha Matsyendr Asana.
  • Camel Pose or Ustr Asana.
  • Crow Pose or Bak Asana.
  • Big Toe Pose or Padangusth Asana.
  • Dolphin Plank Pose or Makara Adho Mukha Svan Asana.
  • Eagle Pose or Garud Asana.
  • Extended Hand To Big Toe Pose or Utthita Hasta Padangust Asana.
  • Lotus position or Padma Asana.
  • Plow pose or Hal Asana.
  • Half moon poser or Ardha Chandr Asana.
  • Hero pose or Vir Asana.

2. What yoga poses should I do everyday?

Here are the 20 yoga poses which you can do everyday;

  • Bridge pose or Bandha Sarvang asana.
  • Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svan asana.
  • Child Pose or Bal asana.
  • Easy Pose or Sukh asana.
  • Warrior 1 or Virabhadr asana I.
  • Warrior 2 or Virabhadr asana II.
  • Triangle or Trikon asana.
  • Low lunge or Anjaney asana.
  • Triangle or Trikon asana.
  • Tree pose or Vriksh asana.
  • Locust pose or Salabh asana.
  • Bridge pose or Setu Bandha Sarvang asana.
  • Cow face pose or Gomukh asana.
  • Legs up the wall or Viparita Karani.
  • Bow Pose or Dhanur asana.
  • Chair pose or Utkat asana.
  • Lotus position or Padma asana.
  • Cat pose or Bidal asana.
  • Staff pose or Dand asana.
  • Crocodile Pose or Makar asana.

3. What is the hardest pose in yoga?

Here are the list of 20 most difficult and hardest poses in yoga;

  • Headstand or Sirs asana.
  • Firefly Pose or Tittibh asana.
  • Marichi Pose or Marichy asana
  • Fish Pose or Matsy asana
  • Hanuman Pose or Hanuman asana.
  • King Pigeon Pose or Kapot asana.
  • Pendant Pose or Lol asana.
  • Marichi Pose or Marichy asana.
  • Side Splits or Samakon asana.
  • Balance or Tul asana.
  • Lotus Pose or Padma asana.
  • Handstand scorpion or Taraksv asana.
  • Lord of the Dance Pose or Nataraj asana.
  • Peacock Pose or Mayur asana.
  • Kaundinya Pose or Kaundiny asana.
  • Tortoise Pose or Kurm asana.
  • Side plank or Vasisht asana.
  • Wheel or Chakr asana.
  • Arm persistent pose or Bhujapid asana.
  • Bharadvaja curl or Bharadvaj asana.
  • Formidable or Bhairav asana.

4. What is a good standing peak pose for intermediate yoga?

Here are the 17 topmost standing peak poses for the intermediate yogic;

  • Extended Triangle Pose or Utthita Trikon asana.
  • Low Lunge Pose or Anjaney asana.
  • Mountain Pose or Tad asana.
  • Standing Big Toe Hold or Utthita Hasta padangusth asana.
  • Inverted Warrior or Viparita Virabhadr asana.
  • Tree pose or Vriksh asana.
  • Extended Side Angle Pose or Utthita Parsvakon asana.
  • Dancer Pose or Nataraj asana.
  • Lotus Pose or Padm asana.
  • Warrior III pose or Virabhadr asana III.
  • Half Moon Pose or Ardha Chandr asana.
  • Upward Salute Pose or Urdhva Hast asana.
  • Big Toe Pose or Padangusth asana.
  • Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose or Utthita Hasta Padangusth asana.
  • Chair Pose or Utkat asana.
  • Eagle or Garud asana.
  • Intense side stretch or Parshvottan asana.
  • Sun Salute or Surya Namaskar.

5. What are the intermediate yoga poses for weight loss?

Here are the top 20 poses which are most effective for weight loss;

  • Plank pose or Chaturangadand asana.
  • Warrior pose or Virabhadr asana.
  • Triangle pose or Trikon asana.
  • Downward facing dog pose or Adho Mukha Svan asana.
  • Shoulder stand or Sarvang asana.
  • Bridge pose or Sethu Bandha Sarvang asana.
  • Twisted Chair pose or Parivrtta Utkat asana.
  • Bow pose or Dhanur asana.
  • Plow pose or Hal asana.
  • Bow pose or Dhanur asana.
  • Warrior I pose or Veerbhadr asana.
  • Upward plank pose or Purvottan asana.
  • Lotus Pose or Padm asana.
  • Sun salutation or Surya Namaskar.
  • Crow pose or Bak asana.
  • Chair pose or Utkat asana.
  • Plank or Phalak asana.
  • High lunge with a twist or Parivrtta anjaney asana.
  • Forward Fold Pose or Uttan asana.
  • Headstand Pose or Sirs asana.
  • Feathered Peacock Pose or Pincha Mayur asana.
 

Bottom Line.

Last but not the least, all of this yoga poses will toned your muscles and give you an alarming, attractive posture and look. For healthy conditioning of the body and muscle it is also important to plan a diet which will help you to transform. Apart from this you may bookmark our top 5 freehand exercise for the beginners.

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