THE FIT­NESS FIX

Yoga asanas that will keep you hale and hearty

India Today - - BUZZ - MEENAKSHI Yoga In­struc­tor

Yoga con­tin­ues to be the hottest fit­ness trend amongst health en­thu­si­asts, with peo­ple across age-groups im­mers­ing them­selves in this an­cient In­dian heal­ing sci­ence. Its wide­spread pop­u­lar­ity can be at­trib­uted to the fact that not only does it lead to a phys­i­cal me­ta­mor­pho­sis, but is also in­stru­men­tal in low­er­ing stress lev­els, some­thing which ev­ery­one in the con­tem­po­rary times des­per­ately needs. Think care­fully, we con­tract dis­eases when we ig­nore the body and mind. The prac­tice of yoga is all about fo­cussing one’s at­ten­tion on his/her body and en­sur­ing that the in­ner self starts tak­ing care of the ex­ter­nal and vice-versa.

For cen­turies, reg­u­lar prac­ti­tion­ers of yoga have been speak­ing about its abil­ity to make body flex­i­ble and we all know that a flex­i­ble body is in­her­ently at­ten­tive and can there­fore carry out im­por­tant func­tions like breath­ing, sleep­ing and walk­ing more ef­fec­tively.

When it comes to yoga, there is no pre-con­di­tion of age or gen­der. All you need is a yoga mat, loose clothes and a well-ven­ti­lated en­vi­ron­ment. Re­mem­ber, an ex­pe­ri­enced and pas­sion­ate teacher can in­spire ded­i­ca­tion and dis­ci­pline, some­thing that can be of enor­mous ben­e­fit to any­one wish­ing to tread this path. In­dia, like the rest of the world is witnessing a great boom in yoga stu­dios, not just in met­ros but also in smaller towns. How­ever, one does not re­ally need a huge wad of cash to un­der­stand and prac­tice this form. Com­mit­ment and hon­esty are the key. If you pre­fer the pri­vacy of your home, there are sev­eral asanas you can do on your own. Reg­u­larly prac­tic­ing the be­low men­tioned ones will not only in­crease your flex­i­bil­ity but also help main­tain weight, lower blood pres­sure, normalise heart beat and calm the nerves. Tadasana Stand up­right. Feel your weight on both legs. Keep your chest open and raise your arms, in­ter­lock­ing the fin­gers and al­low­ing your­self to stretch to one side. Re­peat on the other side.

Go­mukh Sit in a sim­ple cross-legged po­si­tion feel­ing the weight of your torso on the legs. Raise one arm over the shoul­der and the other un­der. Hold and re­peat with the other arm. Konasana Stretch your legs as wide as pos­si­ble. Rest your hands on them and al­low the head to drop for­ward. Do not push for­ward. Hold, re­lax and re­peat. Sethu Bandha Lie on your back cre­at­ing as much even­ness as pos­si­ble be­tween your left and right side. Stay un­til you feel com­fort­able. Now bend your knees, and with feet firmly pressed, raise your hips off the floor. Re­peat as many times as pos­si­ble. Bhu­jang Lie on your belly and make your­self com­fort­able. Place your hands mid-chest with fore­head on the ground. Now raise your head and chest off the floor. Hold for a few sec­onds and slowly take your head back to the floor.

A model do­ing the Go­mukh asana

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