One of the many things people immediately relate to when thinking about India is Yoga. It is the ancient Indian form of exercise to achieve a specific state of body and mind of an individual. Unlike other forms of exercises, Yoga is low intensity and soothing. It is actually meant for EXCERCISING THE BODY NAND CALMING THE MIND AT THE SAME TIME. As a result, people of all ages can practice yoga.
There are two sub types within Yoga; Pranayama (the various breathing and mid exercises) and Asanas (the body exercises). In this article we will tell you some of the basic and common Yoga Asana’s to do at home for a healthier you. The asanas are as follows:
1. Surya Namaskar:
Meaning sun salutations, this is a combination of 10 different Yoga poses that can be seen in the image below. It is done early in the morning in the direction of sun rise and preferably directly under the sun. All the 10 forms have been included to stretch every muscle of your body in the morning and increase blood circulation.
2. Setu Bandhasana:
Also known as the bridge pose. This is one of the best asanas to focus on glut, butt and thigh muscles. It helps stimulate lower spine and other lower body muscles. It stretches the core and also elongates your body to make you look taller. Extra perks include stimulated endocrine and nervous systems along with a surge of energy in the whole body.
One of the most basic exercise to do before beginning any other asana’s. With regular practice, this helps increase digestion and reduce constipation. It also help relieves lower back problems. It is also very helpful to reduce menstrual cramps and labour pains.
Also known as the lotus pose. Some of it’s benefits are Opens up the hips, Stretches the ankles and knees, Calms the brain, Increases awareness and attentiveness, Keeps the spine straight, Helps develop good
posture, Eases menstrual discomfort and sciatica, Helps keeps joints and ligaments flexible, Stimulates the spine, pelvis, abdomen, and bladder and also Restores energy levels.
5. Adho mukh Svanasan:
Also known as the downward facing dog pose. Adho Mukha Svanasana leaves you feeling energized and rejuvenated. It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. It lengthens the spine and strengthens the muscles of the chest thereby increasing lung capacity. This pose strengthens the arms, legs, shoulders and feet. Because of the weight bearing nature of the posture on the arms and legs, it helps strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis. It helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. Adho Mukha Svanasana relieves headache, insomnia, back pain and fatigue. This pose can be used as a therapeutic aid for high blood pressure, asthma, sciatica, flat feet and sinusitis.
6. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose):
One of the classic yoga asanas, Trikonasana helps to give you a strong sense of grounding and stability through activating and balancing the root chakra, Muladhara. It powers up the legs and core, and the subtle twist allows you to open and light up the heart space. Beautiful.
7. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose):
Ardha Matsyendrasana is one of the classic yoga asanas for a good reason. Like all twisting postures, it promotes a healthy spine. It also helps stimulate the internal organs, promoting healthy digestion and encouraging detoxification. Another pose to do before breakfast.
There are hundreds of other asana’s in Yoga. But these are the best ones for a head start. Make the most of these and then go on to becoming the healthier version of you.