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.

Virabhadrasana III

  • 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.”

Virabhadrasana I

  • 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

Chakrasana, also called Urdva Dhanurasana is an asana. It is a backbend and part of the finishing sequence in the Primary Series of Ashtanga. Chakrasana or the wheel pose is a backward bending yoga asana. Chakra in Sanskrit means Wheel.
Strengthens: Human back, Abdomen, Vertebral column, Leg, Arm, Buttocks, Wrist
Stretches: Abdomen, Thorax, Lung
Pose type: Backbend, Chest opener

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.”

Tripod headstand or Sirsasana II

Tripod Headstand strengthens the arms, legs, spine, and lungs while toning the abdominal organs and shoulders. It stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands, and it also improves digestion. It also helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
These are some of the very effective asanas which will only be achieved with lots of patience and practice. And not to forget concentration. I have personally tried these asanas except Sirsasana II and Naginyasana. And believe you in me, these look simple but they are not. So be very careful in attempting any of these asanas. People with back problems should be extra careful with these.
Special thanks to Ackshaya Zanzad and Anuja Zanzad (she has also been a great contributor for this write up) for giving their valuable and inspiration thoughts for this write up. I will really appreciate more of your inputs in future and will look forward to them. Please do share your experience with us.
So will leave the readers with these awesome yoga asanas for a wonderful Tuesday and week ahead.
Happy reading…

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