DAINIK NATION BUREAU
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi coming to Uttarakhand for international day of yoga there is a fitness fever amongst the denizens of the State. Protocols are being fixed for the venue Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun where thousands would participate in the early morning hours on the eve. Yoga guru Swami Ramdev for yoga tips for amateurs who want easy, fast and quick fix yoga without caring much for nitty- gritties of this age old Indian science.
Practising yoga on a daily basis gives tremendous health benefits but most of the times it is not possible to have easy access to a personal yoga trainer or approach a yoga centre on time. Wherever you are and whatever you may be doing, squeezing 20 minutes out of 24 hours a day proves beneficial, making one healthy and happy all day through. Slouching at office desk for eight hours or more may stiffen the body muscles leaving one with an achy neck and back. The yoga experts speak of some easy-to-do yoga asanas and breathing techniques which anyone and everyone can practice irrespective of age or profession.
Yoga is balancing one’s mind, body and soul. Most of the people think that huffing and puffing, sweating out at the gymnasium will give them fit bodies. But that is not the holistic approach as the body is not synchornised with mind and soul. Ashtanga Yoga (eight limbed path propounded by sage Patanjali) is a holistic way to balance the body and it gives all that any fitness regime gives, but in a peaceful, safe and holistic manner. It combines aspects of cardio, functional and strength training all in one at our own homes.
Ramdev said, “Twelve poses combined with breathing techniques if done regularly on daily basis can keep a person healthy physically and mentally. Vrikshasan (tree pose), Dhanurasan(bow pose), Tadasan (upward stretch), Bhujangasan (snake pose), Mandukasan (frog pose), Ardhhalasan (half plough pose), Gaumukhasan, Vakraasan, Makarasan (crocodile pose), Shalabhasan, Markatasan (monkey pose) and Pawanmuktasan are the twelve poses, which if done for one minute every day help improve muscle flexibility, strength and posture.
Tree pose strengthens the spine while improving both balance and poise. Bow pose or Dhanurasan reduces fat from stomach fast, strengthens back and abdomen muscles. All these poses regulate heart rate, reduce stress levels and makes one a happier person. Upward stretch and snake pose enable lungs to inhale deeper, more oxygenated air and thus give extra energy to the body. Clubbed with Surya Namaskar, these twelve poses help maintain general body fitness.
Those desiring weight loss must make it a practice to do Trikonasan, Sarvangasan and Pashchimottanasan. Trikonasan is triangle pose performed standing with the feet one leg-length apart, knees unbent. Sarvangasan or shoulder stand pose benefits from head to toe and regulates the entire body functions. The secretions from thyroid gland get balanced by doing this pose and body weight is reduced, said the Yoga guru. Pashchimottanasan is forward bend pose while sitting. It reduces fatty deposits in the abdomen. These poses improve the flexibility of the spine, relieves from backache, gastritis, indigestion, acidity, flatulence. Daily yoga helps stretch and tone body muscles, assists treatment of neck sprains, strengthens the ankles and tones the ligaments of the arms and legs. “Hot Yoga and other techniques are popularly claimed to help lose weight. But Yogic asanas done gently in a rhythmic manner fuel the metabolic system and will help burn fat, leading to weight loss. Daily yoga can also help restore the hormonal balance in your body, which can normalise body weight,” said Swami Ramdev.
Pranayama, regulated breathing exercises balance levels of cortisol, the hormone that is released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration. It is lowered, making one eat less. Daily practise of yoga also strengthens the overall mind-body connection and helps us deal more effectively with unpleasant emotions rather than reaching for comfort foods to suppress those feelings.