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Yoga is not a fitness fad. It’s a way of life. And what’s said to be a 5000 -year-old practice for the wellness of the body, mind and soul has diversified into innovative forms, benefits intact. We’re talking about quirky derivatives such as Beer Yoga, Doga, Naked Yoga, classes for which are organized in the city. On International Yoga Day, today, which one will you pick, Delhi?

Yoga is a light
which once lit will never dim,
the better your practice
the brighter flame.
B.K.S Iyengar

International Yoga Day 2019: Stretch Some More, But Different

Let’s celebrate International Yoga Day by learning new forms of yoga;

1. ACRO YOGA

Acro yoga is performed by combining acrobatic formations and postures of yoga. It blends traditional yoga, circus tricks and acrobatics. It aids blood circulation, keeps the body fit and enhances flexibility. It is unstructured and fluid as compared to traditional yoga. It might be growing art form with small groups of people participating in it as of now, but it will gain immense popularity.

2. BEER YOGA

Beer yoga is quite a heady form, one can say that it incorporates beer drinking into yoga poses. Sounds like a perfect scene for a party, right? It’s more about balancing the bottle on your head or taking sips while settling into a pose. This yoga reduces the risk of heart attack and protect against diabetes. It is also sometimes prescribed to marathon runners as a recovery drink.

3. DOGA YOGA – DOG YOGA

Doga is yoga with your dog, performed using pets as props or well, partners. It is very beneficial because pets can be therapeutic. The dogs themselves aren’t doing anything. Rather, they are cathartic. This form of yoga releases stresses and makes the bonding between you and your pet stronger.

4. AQUA YOGA

Aqua yoga is performed under water. Water has buoyancy. It helps you to hold a stretch for longer. Exercising in water helps in toning your muscles. Also, there’s no age bar and it is very safe to perform. Anyone can do it, young or old. It provides relief to the spine and joints. It’s very effective and the best thing about this yoga form is that you are not able to feel the sweat.

5. AERIAL YOGA

Aerial yoga is an aerial adaption of the traditional form of yoga.

Aerial yoga is an aerial adaption of the traditional form of yoga. Hop into a silky sling-like hammock hanging from the ceiling and get going with the yoga poses. There’s a rising demand for this type of yoga form. And it’s not only fun but a full-body workout, engaging every muscle in your body. You are off the ground hence the asanas involve your core and strengthen it. And the inversions incorporated in the aerial yoga sequences improve blood circulation.

6. NAKED YOGA

Well, naked yoga is performed without any clothes on your body. This is one of the ancient forms of yoga, which is not so popular in India. Naked yoga has been practiced by Rishi-munis and Tantriks. It enables you to release all inhibitions and accept your body and your flaws in a world where everyone desires to attain a specific body or physique.

Naked Yoga has been practiced since ancient times. In the Bhagavata Purana (written c. 800–1000 AD) it says:

A person in the renounced order of life may try to avoid even a dress to cover himself. If he wears anything at all, it should be only a loincloth, and when there is no necessity, a sannyasi should not even accept a danda. A sannyasi should avoid carrying anything but a danda and kamandalu.

Bhagavata Purana

Nowadays, depression is on the rise in the world. Be it a 12yr child or older than that is fighting for depression. Many of us go through various treatments for curing depression. But through yoga is a permanent solution for this disease. Yoga not only helps physical health but your mental health also. The yoga poses help to reduce the impact of stress and is very helpful in warding off depression and anxiety.

It is better for you to practice yoga poses than going through various surgeries. Yoga is the best way to improving your overall health without any medicines. Without any side effects, yoga will ward off depression from you permanently.

Yoga Poses That Helps In Fighting For Depression

So, don’t go under any treatment or any surgery just practice yoga. Here, the most effective yoga poses that will surely help in fighting for depression permanently just in a month;

1. BALASANA (CHILD POSE)

It is the easiest and most comfortable pose for everyone. This pose helps in calming your brain and reduces the stress levels and anxiety which makes your body relaxed. You simply need to sit on your heels in such a way that your toes touch each other. Now bend forward in between your thighs, make sure that your forehead touches the ground. Then bring your arms forward and place on either side of your head with palms down. Stay for a few minutes and repeat at least 5 times.

Benefits of child pose (balasana):

  • Gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles
  • Relaxes your spine, shoulders, and neck
  • Increases blood circulation to your head reducing headaches
  • Massages your internal organs and keeps them supple
  • Calms the body, mind and central nervous system
  • Helps to relieve stress and tension and fatigue

2. SETHU BANDHASANA (BRIDGE POSE)

It is known as the bridge pose which helps in strengthening and relaxing your muscles. This pose makes you feel light just as all your stress has been vanished. First, lie down on your back then place your arms on either side with palms down. Now lift your legs by folding your knees. But make sure your ankle and knee are in a straight line. Gently, lift your back away from the floor but make sure that your thighs should be parallel and your chin should touch your chest. Stay for few seconds and repeat the same 3 times.

Benefits of bridge pose (balasana):

  • Stretches the chest, neck, spine, and hips
  • Strengthens the back, buttocks, and hamstrings
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Helps to reduce stress and mild depression
  • Calms the brain and central nervous system
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps to relieve symptoms of menopause
  • Reduces backache and headache
  • Reduces fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia
  • Rejuvenates tired legs
  • Relieves symptoms of asthma and high blood pressure

3. URDHVA MUKHA SVANASANA (UPWARD DOG POSE)

This upward facing dog pose is the easiest way to cure depression. By practicing this pose all your stress in your back will vanish. You need to just lie down with face down and keep your arms on either side with palms down. Now lift by straightening your arms and your legs should be few inches away from the floor. Your head should be upward and let your chest rise high. Stay for seconds and repeat the same for 5 times.

Benefits of upward dog pose (urdhva mukha svanasana):

  • Improves the body posture
  • improves capacity of your lungs
  • Strengthens the spine, shoulders, arms and wrists
  • Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
  • Relieves back pain
  • Firms the buttocks
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Helps relieve mild depression, fatigue, and sciatica
  • Therapeutic for asthma

4. ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA (DOWNWARD DOG POSE)

This downward-facing dog pose has a rejuvenating effect on your body. it helps in relieving all your stress from your body and make you calm from depression. This pose also improves digestion and blood circulation in the body. You need to make a table with your body and keep your elbows and knees straight with hips upward. Just like forming an inverted V with your body. Slowly, press your hands to the ground and keep your neck straight make sure your ears should not touch the inner arms. Stay for a few minutes and repeat 4 times.

Benefits of downward dog pose (adho mukha svanasana):

  • Strengthens your shoulders, arms and wrists
  • Firms the core and waist
  • Stretches hamstrings and calves
  • Increases blood flow to the brain
  • Stretches the Spine and Strengthens the Back

If you’re short on time and looking for one simple exercise to keep you fit, you’ve come to the right place: a sequence of 12 simple yoga exercise (asanas, poses) that provide an excellent overall training. Surya Namaskar, literally translated as “Sun Salutation” is a good way to keep your body in good shape and calm your mind.

The word “Surya” denotes the sun and “Namaskar” denotes worship. Therefore, the term “Surya Namaskar” denotes worship of the sun. It is one of the finest yoga exercises that helps in developing the overall growth of the body, mind and soul.

Even the most glamorous celebrity Shipla Shetty believes that every individual on this planet should do surya namaskar in the morning daily as it helps in all the four domains of health that is Physical, Mental, social and Spiritual.

BENEFITS OF DOING SIMPLE YOGA EXERCISE EVERY MORNING - Kate Hudson doing yoga
Kate Hudson keeps her great shape thanks to Yoga

It consists of 12 items that are perfect for overall health. Surya namaskar helps you to welcome a new day in your life and be positive about it. This is said to be done in the early morning as the body will absorb the first sunlight and your metabolism will increase.

Regularly practicing Sun Salutation has great benefits for your physical and mental health, including:

  • stretches and strengthens the spine muscles,
  • regulates breathing and the work of internal glands,
  • improves blood circulation and digestive processes.
  • maintains well-being and vital energy

There are many other benefits of practicing sun salutation, and there are several of them below.

5 INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF DOING SIMPLE YOGA EXERCISE EVERY MORNING

Here’s the 5 most incredible healthy benefits of doing surya namaskar every morning.

1. WEIGHT LOSS

BENEFITS OF DOING SIMPLE YOGA EXERCISE EVERY MORNING - weight loss

Surya namaskar play a positive role in loosing weight as it helps in shedding extra calories. It is the most helpful technique for reducing belly fat and to get a flat stomach. Each and every pose of surya namaskar helps in facilitating adequacy of stretching, twisting and flattening the entire body. Therefore, whosoever are trying to reduce weight should do surya namaskar every morning.

2. HEALTHY HEART

BENEFITS OF DOING SIMPLE YOGA EXERCISE EVERY MORNING - healthy heart

Practicing surya namaskar daily helps in increasing the heartbeat and the working of the circulatory system in the body. This yoga provides oxygen to each and every cell and tissue of the body which leads to healthy and vitality of the body. It also ensures that the human heart is functioning properly.

3. GOOD FOR LUNGS

BENEFITS OF DOING SIMPLE YOGA EXERCISE EVERY MORNING - good for lungs

Surya namaskar helps in the utilization of the lungs and the respiratory system in the body in the most effective and efficient way. It helps in expanding and contracting the air sacs of the lungs which further helps in the production of many germs and diseases. By practicing this the lungs of your body gets empty from the impure air and your brain gets fresh oxygen which helps in increasing the level of energy in the body.

4. IMPROVES DIGESTION

BENEFITS OF DOING SIMPLE YOGA EXERCISE EVERY MORNING - improve digestion

This yoga module helps in stretching and compressing all the organs of the body including the stomach. It encourages the digestive system to work effectively and efficiently. It also helps in removing the waste from the body through the intestine by stimulating it.

5. ENRICH SKIN BEAUTY

BENEFITS OF DOING SIMPLE YOGA EXERCISE EVERY MORNING - enrich skin beauty

Mostly women practice this exercise for beauty and glowing skin. Surya Namaskar helps in removing the sufficient quantity of waste from the skin because while performing this exercise the person becomes sweaty which further helps in the removal of various toxins from the skin thus, you will get no more pimples and boils.

Useful Tips

As the name suggests, the Sun Salutation sequence is best practiced in the morning with your face facing the rising sun to wake your mind and body. Of course, this does not mean that exercising at a different time and under different conditions will not bring the desired results.

Surya Naradamthi is a fairly simple yoga exercise to learn. The sequence consists of several items performed smoothly and in the right order.

Daily practitioners should repeat the sequence at least 6 times in one session. Beginners, as well as those who have not done any exercises for a long time, should start with 3 repetitions and gradually increase their number.

The sequence is not complicated, hard or demanding. You just need to correctly perform a few simple asanas (postures). Even a beginner yogi should be able to handle it without any problems.

In the video below you will find a detailed instructions of these simple yoga exercises

Sun Salutation – simple Yoga exercise explained in details