Stretch it out! Stretch it out regularly to avoid tightening of your muscles. Always begin your workout with basics of warmup and stretching so that no muscle pull or rupture happens. In order to have a fluid like movement in your body you need to work a little to reach up a threshold temperature so as to attain better results. After having done with your warmup continue with your regular yogic practices. And don’t forget to stretch back again and do some cooling down exercises after you are done with your workout.
This International Yoga Day, realise that your body is your biggest wealth. So workout for your wealth, fall in love with your body regardless of your weight, size and shape.
Shwetal wishes you a happy, fit and healthy lifestyle.
It took me 3 months to get into the hanumanasana (split) and it feels great doing it. In the beginning it was quite difficult to even stretch legs wide apart but practicing it regularly made it easier to get into the split .
How to do the Hanumanasana:
- Start by kneeling on the floor with knees a little apart. Place your right foot forward and raise the inner sole such that only the outer heel touches the floor.
- As you exhale, bend your torso forward and bring your fingertips to touch the floor.
- Slowly, move your left knee backwards till the knee and the front of the foot touch the ground. Simultaneously slide your right leg forward till it touches the floor completely.
- Sliding your left foot backward and right foot forward, come into a split position.
- The toes of the right foot should be pointing skywards and the front of the left foot should be touching the ground.
- Raise your arms and join your palms. Stretch your arms and arch your back a little.
- Stay in this position for a couple of breaths before bringing your arms back down.
- To come out of this posture, shift the weight of the body on the hands by pressing them on the floor. Slowly slide your left and right feet back to the initial position before repeating the pose with the left leg in front and right leg behind.
Benefits of Hanumanasana:
Hanumanasana stretches and strengthens muscles in the hamstrings, thighs and groin region. This yoga pose also stimulates the abdominal organs and improves their functioning. A regular practice of this pose ensures that the hips become more flexible over a period of time.
Refrain from practicing this yoga pose if you have an injury in the hamstring or groin area. Do not force do a full split as it might harm the body. Respect your body’s limits and stretch till where you comfortably can.
This is an intermediate pose and even regular yoga practitioners may initially find it a difficult to perform a full split. You may place a blanket below your knees and ankles to avoid any pain or discomfort.
It is a type of backward bending asana. It helps stretch your abdomen, thorax, thigh, ankles, throat and groin.
How to do camel pose (ustrasana)
- Kneel on the yoga mat and place your hands on the hips.
- Your knees should be in line with the shoulders and the sole of your feet should be facing the ceiling.
- As you inhale, draw in your tail-bone towards the pubis as if being pulled from the navel.
- Simultaneously, arch your back and slide your palms over your feet till the arms are straight.
- Do not strain or flex your neck but keep it in a neutral position.
- Stay in this posture for a couple of breaths.
- Breathe out and slowly come back to the initial pose. Withdraw your hands and bring them back to your hips as you straighten up.
Benefits of the Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
- Improves digestion
- Stretches and opens the front of the body. It also strengthens the back and shoulders
- Relieves the body of lower back ache
- Improves flexibility of the spine and also improves posture
- Helps overcome menstrual discomfort
Contraindications of the Camel Pose (ustrasana)
Back injury or neck injury, high or low blood pressure: Perform this pose only with the supervision of an experienced teacher.
Balance is an essential element in ones life. Here’s why balancing yoga asanas are important:
- Strengthening of muscles and joints of the body.
- Pacifies and stills the mind.
- Develops self assurance physically and mentally.
- Build up heat levels in body, particularly abdominal fire.
- Builds agility, strength, over all harmony and stamina.
- Forward tilts of torso sends high speed blood flowing into the heart, specially the neglected lower region cleaning the veins and arteries out.
Vrikshasana: The tree pose
It is one of the most beautiful balancing asanas done by standing at a single leg by resting the other on the thigh of the standing leg . Hands raised above the head to make namaskar mudra and keeping the eyes closed or stare at a single point (tratak).It should be done by both the legs one by one . This asana is beneficial to balance both the hemispheres of the brain well.
For every body is meant to be beautiful in its own way.
For every breath inhaled is meant to give a new life.
For every life is to be lived fully.
Celebrate your body; whatever shape, size ,dimensions it may be 🙃 Love you body ❤️
And how Saturday mornings begin!
Mine began with a challenge to do suryanamskars unless dropped…
Began with 1 suryanamskar at 6:55am and got along 150 well. Break for just a minute and began again and then no break 🙅🏻
Terrible breathing, and super thirst of water 💦 but you cannot stop because you are a yogini. And finally did 450 suryanamskars at a stretch 😄
Another feather to my cap 🤸🏻♀️
Feels so superb and enthusiastic after doing it , could feel the energy even after 450.
Feels great 👍🏻 .