Be a Newbie Yogi, start your yoga routine as early as possible

  2017-06-19 14:37:25   Anukanksha

The mental, physical and spiritual practice of yoga has been in India for past 5000 years, originated in the times when people used meditation as a medium to transform their body and mind. After the initiation of our Prime Minister to the United Nations General Assembly, 21th June was declared as International Yoga Day, in 2014.

PM Narendra Modi has truly said during his address to the UN general assembly that – “Yoga is an invaluable gift to India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being”.

Therefore, to honor this international celebration of yoga and your well-being, here are five poses that you really should take the time to get to know. These poses will help you to create strength, space alignment and freedom in your body.

1. Tadasana (mountain pose) : Standing straight up, feet about hips-width distance apart, bring your hands to a prayer position at your heart, then stretch your hands in similar position over your head as much as possible. Gently closing your eyes, begin taking deep breaths in and out through your nose, releasing any tension in the body and face and calming the mind.

2. Adho Mukha Shvanasana (down dog pose) : From mountain pose, reach your hands down to the floor, bending your knees if need be. Walk your hands out about three to four feet in front of your toes. Pushing into your palms, lift your hips up toward the sky and press back into your heels, pressing them flat into the ground. Keep your gaze toward your legs and continue pressing your chest toward your thighs to create a nice flat back.

3. Uttihita  Chaturanaga  Dandasana (plank pose) : From downward-facing dog, press up onto your tiptoes, and rolling over them, come into a high push-up position. Hold here for a few deep breaths, making sure your wrists are directly in line under your shoulders, heels are lifted towards the sky and hips are lowered and in line with the rest of your body. Keep your gaze a few inches in front of your finger tips, creating one straight line with your head, neck and back.

4. Bhujangasana (cobra pose) : From plank pose, slowly lower your body down to the ground either by lowering your knees, chest and then chin, or lowering straight down through the push-up position. Press your palms into your mat alongside your chest, roll your shoulders back and begin to lift your chest up off the ground while keeping your hips firmly planted. Keep a slight bend in the shoulders to avoid injuries.

5. Balasana (Child’s pose) : Sitting back on your heels, keep your big toes connected and knees closed. From here, begin to walk your finger tips forward as much as possible. Once you are there, begin to lower your forehead and chest down to the floor while your hips continue to push back onto your heels, releasing any tension and allowing your body and mind to relax.

Be newbie yogi, start your yoga practice as early as possible.