Yoga push-ups are an exercise that combines a traditional push-up with a hip hike. Push-ups are beneficial in many ways, such as improved core strength and upper body strength. They can also be performed anywhere. No equipment is needed, just a surface, which doesn’t even have to be a level surface.
Variations in the push-up routine can place your feet on the ground, on a bench, or even one foot in the air. Hand placements can be on the floor, on a bench, or even on a stability disk. I like the yoga push-up because you can have all of the aforementioned variations, but it also gives you a great stretch. Therefore, you can have the best of both worlds. An exercise that will strengthen your muscles while increasing flexibility.
In a normal push-up you would keep your core rigid, but a yoga push-up adds a hip hike. This is similar to going from a push-up position into a downward dog. In other words, you are able to stretch in between working your muscles. Most importantly, this is wonderful for your posture.
Benefits of Yoga Push-ups
- Calms brain and relieves stress
- Energizes the body
- Stretches shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
- Strengthens arms and legs
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Improves Digestion
Adding a few yoga push-ups into your morning routine is a great way to get the blood flowing, wake up your muscles, energize your body, and get a great stretch. Don’t perform these exercises right out of bed, give yourself some time to wake up. I usually suggest waiting roughly 30 minutes in the morning before doing any stretches or exercises. Meanwhile, this gives you just enough time to make some coffee, say your prayers, and take the dog for a small walk.
Dr Spencer Charlet
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