“What I am looking for is not outside it is within me” Helen Keller
I know you would shell out big bucks to join a Gym but will think hundred times before joining a Yoga class. This post is about how you can start your Yoga practice today. We have a short lifetime and we make it shorter by having 100 things in our to do list, but we forget to put ourselves at the top. In order to have a happy and successful life it is necessary to put yourself ahead of everything and treat your body as a temple.
This is my tiny little effort to get you started on Yoga. You can kick start your Yoga practice with the below asanas sitting at home –
- Forward Fold or Uttanasana – This pose gently lengthens and strengthens the hamstrings. It gives a good stretch to your lower back and improves digestion. You can do this after a busy day or heavy workout to relax yourself. Stand straight, bend your knees a little if straightening is too much for you. Bend forward, extend your hands, you need not touch your feet or the ground at the very first, just reach till you can. Stay there for 5 breaths.
- Downward Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana – This pose improves the blood flow to your upper body, calms mind, relieves stress and depression. Stretches your calves, hamstrings, shoulders. Also strengthens your arms and legs. If this is too hard for you, use any elevated surface to rest your hands while bending. You can either use stairs, chair or Yoga blocks. Once in the pose, stay there for 5 breaths and come back to the Standing pose/Tadasana. Do this anytime during the day to get yourself active 🙂
- Triangle pose or Trikonasana – This engages your whole body. Strengthens the core, stretches the obliques and legs. It also opens up the hips which is integral part of going deeper into other yoga asana. Ask one of your friends or colleague to try this together during break and have some Yoga fun 😉 Stand with legs stretched out side wise. Bend from one of the side, your hand touching the ground and the other hand in the air pointing towards the sky, making 180 degrees with the other hand. Repeat on the other side and stay there for 5 breaths. If you find touching the floor challenging use a yoga block or a book or any elevated surface to rest your hands.
- Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana – Do this pose to strengthen your spine, release stress, and relieve fatigue. This opens up your heart and is also helpful for Asthma patients. You get a good squeeze in your butt which makes it firm. This will also activate your abdominal organs in return, a better bowel movement. Lie down on your stomach. Keep your hands at the sides of your chest. Raise your head and chest up pushing your hands into the ground. Keep your neck straight and do not shrug your shoulders. Take help of your friend to correct your posture.
- Child Pose or Balasana – This is a restorative asana which can be done in between the practice. It relaxes the whole body. Gives a gentle stretch to hips, thighs, ankles and shoulders. Do this after a long day at work to relax and rejuvenate. You need to kneel down on the ground, stack your hips over your heels, and bend forward with your hands stretched straight ahead. You can also keep your hands beside the ankles if needed. Do this with your loved ones 🙂 to have a good time. Can stay in this pose for as long as you want 😉
Happy Women’s Day to all 🙂
I will be glad if you will join me in this Yoga journey 🙂 Please try these and if you have any questions let me know in the comments. Let’s make our life a little better with Yoga 🙂
Please share your first yoga experience would be happy to know 🙂