I have always maintained that health and fitness should be an essential part of your routine. It not only helps you to reduce and maintain the weight issues but also cleanses the system thoroughly. It makes you feel good as it release positive hormones in the system which are very essential for a healthy lifestyle. I have seen many people following some good yoga routine to start their day. They inspite of their age are far more fitter than me and those who don’t exercise.
With this thought I will also state that your exercise routine should be according to your choice and convenience as then only it can be continued. It should be in sync with your body strength and will power. Will power is very important for a routine to be maintained. So with this note I will state some easy yoga exercises which can be done at home. They are helpful in improving the flexibility of the body, improving the digestive system, strengthening the muscles and losing the excess flab in due course.
Today I have a friend of mine who is practicing yoga for some time now and her thoughts on the age old art is something I am a follower of. So I approached her and she agreed to share her thoughts and asanas on my blog. She is Akshaya Zanzad, working as a manager in Bank of India. She is an awesome photographer as well and have some great work to her credit. Apart from this, she practices yoga with such ease that its inspiration. Her social media accounts are witness to her yoga routine and her love for a healthy body, mind and soul.
She says, “Five things yoga has taught me are that to honor your body, let go of the things that no longer inspires you, breathe, be present and you can achieve more than you think you can.” I totally agree with her in her inspirational thought. These are some of the key points for a better living where you will start feeling good about yourself and your surroundings.
So here are some of her regular asanas, which she practices at home and can be followed by us at home. These are very good for flexibility, digestion, concentration, balance and weight loss. No requirement or sweating off at gym, as all the benefits are easily achievable in the vicinity of your home.
(Disclaimer: Before trying any of these asanas, kindly check the internet or seek the permission of a doctor. As some of these are difficult to perform and can result in injury as well.)
Yoga Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana
The Warrior Pose or Veerabhadrasana is one of the best yoga poses that strengthens and tones the arms, shoulders, thighs and back muscles – all at the same time. It is an effective yoga for people with back problems and is also beneficial for increasing overall balance and stamina. It has three variations. Out of those two are stated here along with their benefits.
- Strengthens the ankles and legs.
- Strengthens the shoulders and muscles of the back.
- Tones the abdomen.
- Improves balance and posture.
She believes that , “Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.”
- Strengthens your shoulders, arms, legs, ankles and back.
- Opens yours hips, chest and lungs.
- Improves focus, balance and stability.
- Encourages good circulation and respiration.
- Stretches your arms, legs, shoulders, neck, belly, groins and ankles.
- Energizes the entire body.
Chakrasana or wheel pose
Naginyasana or standing mermaid pose
Mermaid Pose stretches the quadriceps, hips, groins, back, chest, and shoulders. The pose also strengthens the core and pelvic floor, creates expansiveness through the front body, and can help improve balance. Akshaya says ,” This posture stretches the lower back, hip flexors, Psoas and quad muscles. It opens the chest and shoulders and challenges balance. So you have a beautiful mixture of a back bend, Hip opener & Binding posture, as well as a Standing balance pose”.
Vrikshasana or Tree pose
Tree Pose stretches the thighs, groins, torso, and shoulders. It builds strength in the ankles and calves, and tones the abdominal muscles. The pose also helps to remedy flat feet and is therapeutic for sciatica.
“Very simple yet very effective. It improves balance, posture, concentration, strength in ankle, improves the motion in hips and tones leg, back and chest muscles.”