Yoga is often associated with relaxation and good health, but it can also be helpful for those in the modelling industry. One of the most important aspects of modelling is good posture and body language, especially for those who want to exude confidence and command attention. Yoga can help with this by teaching good alignment and improving core strength, both of which are essential for good posture. Yoga can also help to increase concentration and calmness, both of which are necessary for a successful shoot.
Before a shoot, yoga can help to loosen up the muscles and reduce stress levels. Especially for early morning shoots, a well thought through practice routine can help warm up the limbs and remove stiffness from the joints.
We asked our in-house model and yogi, Sandhya De Angelis to show us her before and after routine that she practices to support her modelling career.
There are many different yoga postures that one can practice to prepare for a long shoot day, but here are a few that are especially good for loosening the limbs and prepping the muscles and joints.
1. Seated Urdvabaddhaanguliya asana or upward bound hands pose is a great shoulder, arm and torso stretch. It also helps to open up the chest and expand the lungs.
2. Swastikasan twists or crosslegged seated twists works towards prepping the torso, waist and side body. The twist helps to extend the muscles and prepare them for the day ahead.
3. Gomukh asan or Cow face pose is a great way to widen the shoulders an open up the chest. It also helps to increase mobility in the shoulder and wrist joints. This posture can be practiced using a yoga belt to make it more accessible yet equally effective.
4. Parivrita trikonasan or twisted triangle pose is another excellent day starter. It helps to strengthen the legs and increase mobility in the hips while compacting the body. Use of a yoga block can help retain the benefits of the pose while making it more accessible.
5. Vrikshasan or tree pose is a great way to stretch out the legs and improve balance, concentration and alignment. Practicing this with your back against a wall is a good way to ease into the pose if balance is a challenge.
6. Virabhadrasan 1 or Warrior 1 pose is an excellent posture for strengthening the legs. It also helps to open up the chest while extending the arms and shoulders.
7. Ardhachandrasan or half moon pose is a great way to stretch out the entire body and improve balance. Use of a yoga block for the palm to support the top body is a good modification to try.
Try this routine out first thing in the morning before you start your day and let us know how you feel in the comments!