Yoga Exercises for Wii Fit Plus
Part of the Wii Fitness For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Wii Fit Plus offers 18 different yoga poses. When doing the poses it is always important to pay attention to your center of balance and your breathing to optimize performance and prevent injuries.
|Exercise*||Sanskrit/Hindi Name||Target||Purpose||Pose Type||Potential Contraindications**|
|Deep Breathing||Pranayama||Entire Body||Improves Metabolism||Two-legged||None, but discontinue if you become light-headed, tired, or irritable|
|Half-Moon||Ardha Chandrasana||Waist||Increase Flexibility||Two-legged||Low blood pressure, headache, diarrhea, insomnia, varicose veins|
|Warrior||Virabhadrasana||Thighs and Hips||Aligns Pelvis||Two-legged||High blood pressure, diarrhea|
|Tree||Vrksasana||Legs and Back||Strengthens||One-legged||Headache, insomnia, high or low blood pressure|
|Sun Salutation||Surya Namaskar||Arms and Thighs||Increases Flexibility||Two-legged||High blood pressure, pregnancy, chronic back problems|
|Standing Knee||N/A****||Thighs||Increases Flexibility||One-legged||Pregnancy, knee and chronic back problems|
|Palm Tree||Talasana||Calves, Ankles, and Back||Strengthens and Improves Balance||Two-legged||High or low blood pressure|
|Chair||Utkatasana||Back, Legs, and Abs||Strengthens and Improves Balance||Two-legged||Headache, insomnia, low blood pressure|
|Triangle||Trikonasana||Lower Body and Waist||Strengthens||Two-legged||High or low blood pressure, diarrhea, headache, heart or neck conditions|
|Downward-Facing Dog||Adho Mukha Svanasana||Back||Stretches and Strengthens||Floor||High blood pressure, pregnancy, diarrhea, carpal tunnel syndrome|
|Dance||Natarajasana||Hip and Spine||Improves Balance and Aligns||One-legged||Low blood pressure|
|Cobra||Bhujangasana||Back||Improves Posture||Floor||Carpal tunnel, headache, back injury, pregnancy|
|Bridge||Setu Bandha Sarvangasana||Torso and Hips||Strengthens||Floor||Neck injury|
|Spinal Twist||Supta Matsyendrasana||Back and Pelvis||Stretches and Aligns||Floor||Back or spine injury|
|Shoulder Stand||Sarvangasana||Abs and Back||Strengthens||Floor||High blood pressure, menstruation, pregnancy, and ear, eye, and neck disorders|
|Spine Extension||***||Shoulders, Legs, and Waist||Strengthens||Two-legged||Back or neck injury,pregnancy, high blood pressure|
|Gate||Parighasana||Side Torso, Hamstrings, Calves, Shoulders, and Abdomen||Stretches and relieves tension||Floor||Knee injury|
|Grounded V||Navasana||Abs||Strengthens||Floor||Asthma, diarrhea, headache, heart problems, low blood pressure, menstruation, pregnancy, neck injury|
*Yoga poses have many variations, depending on the yoga style; therefore, if you were to take a yoga class, you may find these poses performed slightly differently from the Wii Fit Plus versions. For instance, there is a Warrior (Virabhadrasana) I, II, and III, of which the Wii Fit Plus offers Warrior II.
**This list includes the most common contraindications for each pose, but these are by no means the only ones. Before starting any exercise, it is important to consult with your physician, especially if you have any of the conditions on the list.
***Advanced User activities are those deemed to be more challenging by Wii Fit Plus.
****N/A indicates non-applicable and denotes an activity for which there is no Sanskrit/Hindi name equivalent.