There’s no denying that Yoga is considered a way of life. And for a good reason! This ancient Indian practice has proven to be a great way to cope with the trials and tribulations that life inadvertently brings us.
Yoga is said to provide a retreat from chaotic and busy lifestyles and is a go-to for many people. This is true whether you’re practising the downward dog asana on a mat in your bedroom, or previously at a yoga studio. Wherever you choose to practice, yoga does indeed have many mental and physical benefits.
Some of them include:
Given the fact that most of us are confined to the walls of our homes, with fewer permissions when it comes to moving about due to the lockdown, a sedentary lifestyle is more likely going to increase for most of us. That said, this is the perfect time to begin your fitness journey, and what better place to start than with yoga?
We have actress Pavleen Gujral show us some basic asanas that are super easy to do. Even if you’re a first-time practitioner, you’ll become an expert in no time.
Gujral leads us in a quick workout beginning with Yogasana or Padmasana, the Lotus Pose. “Now I am sitting in the Half Lotus Pose with one leg over the other. I am still not able to put the other leg over the other, which is the full Lotus Pose.” Of course, as she increases her practice, she will be able to transition into a full lotus pose.
But why opt for Padmasana? This is a great pose to help you open up the hips, stretch the ankles and knees, calms your mind, increase awareness and attentiveness, keep the spine straight, help you develop good posture, ease menstrual discomfort and sciatica, keep joints and ligaments flexible, stimulate the spine, pelvis, abdomen, and bladder, and restores energy levels.
Says Gujral, “We put our hands on our knees, and we start by deep breathing. So take a very deep breath through your nostrils and try to take the air inside your stomach and deep inside your body. So let’s start with that; now hold it there and exhale. So always start yoga with a couple of breaths, and if you are a beginner, I suggest you go very slow.”
Gujral then proceeds to demonstrate the Paschimottanasana, which is the Seated Forward Bend. This is a pose that’s ideal for helping a distracted mind relax and unwind. It’s said to calms the brain and relieve stress and mild depression, stretch the spine, shoulders, and hamstrings, stimulate the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus, improves digestion, relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort, soothe headaches and anxiety, and reduces fatigue. It’s also a great way to treat high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis.
Says Gujral, “We start with our legs straight. Then we stretch our upper body up with our arms up in the air and inhale. And as you exhale, bend down from your lower back and try to touch your feet and your forehead to your knees. As soon as you reach your maximum point, let go and just place your palms on the floor. Stay there and breathe. As you come up, you stretch your body forward and then come up. Put your arms at the back and try to raise your hips above in the air. Stay there. This is a nice anti-stretch.”
While we can write everything you need to know about how to do a pose, we suggest you watch the video and learn all you can. After all, nothing teaches us things better than when we watch and learn!
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