Health and wellness is a growing trend today. People are realizing the importance of caring for their bodies earlier in their lifetime and getting into the habit of practicing a regular exercise routine. Many different workouts are becoming popular in the market but nothing can quite compare to yoga.
Coming from the Sanskrit word ‘yug’ which simply means the unification of the universal consciousness with our individual consciousness, yoga is an ancient Indian practice that is associated not only with the physical wellness of the body but also with its overall health. More than just an exercise, it has become a way of living for enthusiasts that gives focus not only to their body but also to the mind and soul. The aim of yoga is to cleanse and restore both the outer and inner parts of the human being. That is why this has become so much more popular with the health conscious and fitness experts.
Because people are getting more cautious about their wellness and the different metabolic disorders that can result due to an unhealthy lifestyle, it is important to know the different factors that can bring about weight gain. The first would be unhealthy eating habits. However, the malfunctioning of some of our body processes is also a factor to consider. The beauty is, yoga can target and solve all those issues.
We’ve put together a list of five simple yoga exercises you can try to help your mind, body and soul get back in shape.
1. The Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar
This posture is probably the most basic and widely practiced asana in yoga. It is composed of twelve different poses that target different parts of the body as well. From this one asana, you work on strengthening your entire skeletal system including your joints and muscles.
When practiced at a fast pace, the Sun Salutation can be a great cardio workout, causing you to stretch your abdominal muscles while burning belly fat. The regular and active deep inhalation and exhalation makes sure the lungs are well ventilated and the blood is properly oxygenated as well. It helps speed up the metabolism and promotes proper digestion. This yoga pose will increase the blood that flows thru to the digestive tract ensuring the proper functioning of the intestines and the release of trapped gases in the system. Imagine, all of those benefits gained in practicing one posture. Can you imagine how much more we have in store for you?
2. The Warrior Pose Or Virabhadrasana
Isn’t it weird that a yoga posture is named after a warrior? I mean, it’s all about peace and positivity right? True, true. However, you must remember that the Bhagavad-Vita, one of the most important of yoga texts, is actually a conversation between two warriors.
Anyways, Warrior I, II and III are probably the most common postures used in yoga practices today. That is probably because of the fact that they are achievable for most bodies and less intimidating than some of the other postures in yoga. However, they are very amazing for strengthening and stretching many parts of your body including your arms, legs, back and shoulders. Because it engages so many muscles, it energizes the entire body promoting proper respiration and circulation.
3. The Triangular Pose Or Trikonasana
The Trikonasana is a special posture because, unlike others, it requires you to keep your eyes open for you to maintain balance while holding the pose. In Sanskrit, ‘trikona’ means three angles and ‘asana’ means pose and the body literally produces just that.
Practicing the Trikonasana regularly can help lower stress and anxiety in the body, calming the mind and allowing proper blood flow throughout the brain. It works in strengthening the hips, back, arms, thighs and legs. All that in one pose. Also, if you’ve been suffering from indigestion, then trying this pose out might be the answer for you. And last but definitely not the least, it targets and burns the fats that are built up in the waist and thigh areas of the body. Amazing!!!
Want all that?? Get in the triangle pose now.
4. The Upward Plank Or Purvottanasana
Okay, if you’ve seen pictures you might be a bit frightened to try and we understand. Remember that perfecting poses takes time and that’s okay. Start off by trying the pose with the support of a chair until you reach the point where you can do it on your own.
It might seem difficult to achieve at the onset but, trust us, the benefits that this asana can bring to your body will leave you satisfied. This posture benefits extensively the back area, your shoulders, the wrists and spine. It strengthens and fortifies the muscles in those regions, engaging the core as it works as well. It relieves your front ankles, removing any tension or stress in the area. Also, the posture is known to free up the mind and, after practicing it a couple of times, you should feel more creative and open to the new possibilities that are to come.
5. The Boat Pose Or Paripurna Navasana
Despite the possible difficulty and effort involved, getting stability while performing this posture may help calm and align your mind, body and emotions. The boat pose is extremely good in toning and strengthening the abdominal muscles because, throughout holding it, the core is engaged. So, if you’ve been dying to get that six-pack, then this pose is exactly what you need to be practicing.
Also, proper digestion is promoted while all the digestive organs are massaged and put to work by the motion required in properly achieving the posture. It stretches out and strengthens the hamstrings, the spine and hip flexors. The pose also aides in relieving built up stress in the body. If you are able to hold the pose, stretching your hands out forward all throughout, then your balance and your confidence should be greatly improved as well.