Daily Yoga for Good Health
What do you mean by Health?
The definition of health, according to WHO, is that Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Our ancient science has stated a beautiful definition of health as balanced state of doshas (basic functional components), agni (inner fire), dhatu (various components), mala kriya (excretory function), along with a pleased atma (soul), indriya (senses), and manas (mind).
Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature. It is an historic approach to health and well-being. Adopting yoga in your daily routine is not just about exercising, but discovering a sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature.
How do Asanas affect our body?
An asana is a physical pose, a kind of bodily gesture. All asanas, whether done in group or individually, have their own energies, depending upon what they do to the body. Since all our bodies do not have the same structure, the experience of an asana will vary depending upon the build, flexibility, and organic condition of the individual. The effect of the asana is a combination of the structure of the asana, which is the same for everyone, and the person’s own bodily structure, which will vary not only by individual but also changes through the course of time.
Simple Yogasanas for Everyday Health
If you are planning to achieve a healthy lifestyle with the help of Yoga asana, then it is better to start doing some of these simple and non-complicated asanas regularly. These postures will help to stimulate all the systems in the body, and will help you lead a healthier and happier life. Each asana will require only 4-5 minutes to perform. If you spend some minutes every day, you will be able to achieve good health.
Vajrasana makes the body exceptionally strong and healthy. Vajra means “thunderbolt“ in Sanskrit. During this asana, feel the sensations in the body as you move. Do the movements slowly and in a relaxed manner. Inhale and exhale slowly. Relax before, during, and after the yoga posture.
- With knees, ankles, and big toes touching the ground, take a kneeling position.
- Sit on your heels, and place both your palms on your knees.
- The spine should be erect, and breath should be deep.
- Draw the abdominal region inside and expand the chest.
- Keeps the spine erect and removes drowsiness.
- Activates Vajranadi.
- Increases awareness.
- Reduces Varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis.
Means snake pose. In this asana, the body attains the shape of a raised hood, the stance of a snake. It is a very rejuvenating exercise. In this asana, the upper, middle and lower muscles of the spine are massaged. In this posture, the muscles are slowly and gradually stretched into the final position. Listen to the body and know your limit. Be aware of the sensations in the body during the asana.
- Lie on your belly on the floor.
- Place your forehead on the floor with palms by the side of the trunk.
- Slowly inhale, lift the head and trunk, only the part above the umbilicus should be raised.
- Bring the back of your head and feet in contact, however, be careful to not force the stretch.
- Maintain this posture for several breaths and exhale slowly while lowering your body, and relax.
- Flexibility to the dorsal spine.
- Strengthens the spinal muscles.
- Prevents back pain.
- Reduces abdominal fat.
- Useful in managing bronchial problems.
This asana is also called, the Locust pose. Here the focal points of concentration are the legs. Lift the legs only as much as you can. Feel the pull exerted along the muscles in the back, and in the legs. Be aware of the body movements, and stretching. Yogic exercises help to gather attention and develop a peaceful state of mind.
- Lie on your abdomen with the chin resting on the floor.
- With arms on both sides of the body and fists even with the pelvic girdle, inhale lifting both legs upto the maximum extent above the floor.
- Hold this position till you feel a pull on the bottom of the spinal cord and retain this position while taking several deep breaths.
- Helps to manage sciatica, and lower backache.
- Tones up the kidney.
- Tones the hip muscles.
Yoga in your life
When you feel you are too busy and don’t have much time, stick to Pranayama (deep breathing) and Shavasana. Do not force yourself to do all the exercises, instead follow one or two but do it with the proper rhythm, and gradually increase the number of exercises. Never strain your body. The main aim of the Yoga is to relax, so keep resting every few minutes. These asana’s of yoga for good health is all you need.
Finally, Yoga is not only about asanas but also about healthy diet, correct postures, emotional balance, and proper sleep. Once you reach the gateway of this proper stability, then with Yoga you are sure to attain a healthy body, mind, and soul.
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