“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in ” – B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga: the path to Holistic Health.
Deep down, we all want to practice Yoga and be fit, but somehow don’t follow through on this giving excuses like “We don’t have the time” or “We don’t wish to waste our money”.
But have you given a thought as to how beautiful and stress free you will be outside, when you take care from the inside?
In today’s stressful and hectic life, people are always on the go, leading to a state where the body, mind and soul take a thorough beating. To combat these unbearable side effects of today’s luxuries, people are turning back to the age old mantra of exercise called Yoga.
Yoga can help you reach a state of calm and peace, by relaxing your mind, body and spirit through its various asanas, meditation and other cleansing rituals.
The best part about this is that you don’t really have to spend way too much of your hard earned money and neither you have to leave the privacy of your home.
All you need is Commitment. “Commitment to the Connection”- Yes! That is what yoga is all about. Top it up with some soothing music, a mat and a relaxed corner of your home and you are ready to go. Yoga and healthy living just simply go hand in hand!
Yoga For Health
Some of the selected daily exercises from yoga for healthy living are given below. These exercises will not only help you rejuvenate, but will also combat stress and keep you healthy. These exercises are very simple and each asanas requires 4-5 minutes.
1. Shava Asana (The Corpse/ Death Pose):
This is a relaxation pose!
- Just lie down on the mat, close your eyes and try to put all your weight on the ground. Concentrate on your breathing; breathe deeply and slowly with your nose.
- Learn to be patient and observe the way your weight is shifting towards the ground and let go of everything, all the heaviness and all the tiredness.
- Gently open your eyes and roll over to your side before coming to seating position.
The mantra of this asana is to just relax.
Benefits: It helps in rejuvenating body, mind and soul.
2. Bhujangasana (The Cobra Pose):
- Lay on your stomach, placing your palms down just under your shoulders. Without letting your elbows drop away from your body, have them point straight back behind you. (Shown in the picture).
- Push gently on your hands to slowly lift your upper body and head and inhale.
- Do it slowly, and don’t come up too high, your elbow should not become straight.
- Slowly let your body come down and with your forehead touch the floor, while doing this, exhale.
- Do this 3- 5 times.
Benefits: It helps relieve Back Pain and strengthens spine.
3. Adho Mukha Svanasana (The Downward Facing Dog Pose):
- Start on your hands and knees on All Fours.
- Keep your fingers wide apart and press your hands and feet firmly into the mat in downward direction.
- At the same time, lift your hips and tailbone to the sky, so your body is in a V-shape.
- Let your head be down and relax.
- Stay in this position and hold for 2- 3 breaths and finally rest in Balasana.
Benefits: It helps in congestion and increases blood flow to sinuses. A great exercise to cure cold.
[ Read: Slimming Face Yoga Exercises ]
4. Balasana (The Child Pose):
- In this asana, the body faces the floor in fetal position. This is passive and relaxing pose.
- The forehead has to touch the floor, if your forehead cannot touch the floor, use yoga block or a book.
- Rest and breathe for as long as you want.
Benefits: This pose helps soothe headaches as it relaxes upper back and neck.
5. Uttanasana (Forward Bending Pose):
- Stand with your feet parallel and hip width apart. Fold forward slowly while exhaling.
- Allow your arms to come forward. If your hamstrings are tight or your lower back is sensitive, bend your knees.
- Let your head bang and relax your head and neck completely and let go of all your stress out the top of your head.
- Hold for 2- 3 breaths and gently come to standing position while inhaling.
[ Read: Yoga For Stress Relief ]
Benefits: This pose works to soothe the nervous system.
But at times when you feel you are too busy and don’t have much time, stick to Pranayama (deep breathing) and Shava Asana. Do not force yourself to do all the exercises, instead follow one or two but do with proper rhythm and gradually increase the number of exercises. Never strain your body, as you know till what extent you are flexible. The main aim of the Yoga is to relax. So keep resting every few minutes. These asana’s of yoga for good health is all you need.
Finally, Yoga is not only about asanas but also about healthy diet, correct postures, emotional balance and proper sleep. Once you reach the gateway of this proper stability, then with Yoga you are sure to attain a healthy body, mind and soul.