Hope you are doing well. May all the coming days bring you love, happiness, and good health. As the unlock process has been started everyone slowly and gradually resumed their jobs and businesses. In this blog I want to highlight the sensation of the time” YOGA & ASANAS” because I am also among the one who followed it immensely during this lockdown for being fit and also got the positive result, here I want to draw the attention of all the viewers towards yoga some asana which is easier for one to start with and its benefits. This has been possible with some research work from some books which helped me to understand it more deeply. It has immense benefits if it is done regularly.
Yoga is as old as ancient India! It is an evolution of great Indian Sages(yogi) who gradually made a system down the centuries to exercise the body for physical fitness and it unites mind and soul through asana. Yoga is a blended mental, physical, and spiritual practice which has been originated in ancient India. Patanjali in India who organized knowledge about yoga from a much older tradition. He spread out the real benefit of yoga so that one can keep the body fit. Today we can see the magical benefits of Yoga when everyone is home arrested cannot move out has the safest option to boost immunity and make the body fit while performing yoga regularly.
I found it magic, it works as soothing music once you sit silently for an hour or a couple of minutes without thinking about the outer world. It makes you connect with the self. It gives the chance for a person to connect himself/herself with peace. It gives you an immense feeling of happiness, it calms your body and relaxes the mind from the tension of the outer world.
I found yoga a kind of meditation when a person adopts a yogic posture, he/she must freeze up himself/herself for a few seconds. Yoga is designed for the whole body, not just skin, muscles, or limbs. However, yoga coordinates various body functions. Yoga asana encourages the mind and mental ability to integrate the mind with the body.
Yoga is a form of physical exercise. You must be thinking if it is a form of physical exercise so what is the difference between yoga and physical exercise. Physical exercises actively focus on the muscle groups; these exercises are arduous and involve the speedy movement of the body. Whereas Yoga’s fundamental focus is on the spine, the base of the human body. Yoga involves composed posture of the body.
When we talk about yoga the Asana is needed to be acknowledged because the fitness of the body brings together the mind and soul through asana. Here comes the question what is asana? Asana is the Sanskrit word for yogic physical exercises. Asana means a steady pose.
While performing yoga asana a large amount of oxygen gets inhaled by a person which reduces the effect of the acids when the oxygen is absorbed by the body cells. Research reveals than an hour of yoga asana if performed regularly with dedication and concentration, yields rich benefits.
Benefits from yoga asana
- Protects spine
- Makes Posture Perfect
- Makes Bone health better
- Boosts immunity level
- Drops blood pressure
- Helps you concentrate/focus
- Lower down blood sugar
- Relax your system
- Maintains nervous system
- Increases flexibility
How yoga asana Protects/Strengthen Spine?
Yoga asana synergistically works on the fundamental body system, fine-tuning the efficiency of the organs, glands, and muscles. Yoga asana controls and regulates the hormone output to stabilize emotions even under the most daunting events or situations.
Maximum absorption of oxygen by the blood from the lungs and nutrients from the digestive system.
Every cell in the spine is flooded with maximum oxygen and nutrients to become stronger and healthier which improves body health.
Every healthy cell fights diseases better and strengthens the immune system.
Types of Yoga-Asana
Here I am discussing the twelve basic yoga asana and their benefits which are easier to perform daily to be fit.
- Sirshasan: This is the king of all asanas, it is also known as a headstand. In this asana, one should stand upside down. Your body counteracts gravity and the blood like any other fluid flows along with gravity to the throat, face, and brain.
The face is radiant with an increased flow of blood. Abundant oxygen to blood that reduces the pressure on the lungs and heart. It minimizes mood swings and emotional disturbances and makes you calm.
- Relief from constipation/Improve digestion
- Relief from lower back pain standing upside down reduces pressure on the lower back.
- Strengthens the lungs
- Strengthens the arms legs and spine.
2 Sarvangasana: the shoulder stand, Sarva-all, and- the body parts, as an- exercise
By this, you must have got to know it benefits all the body parts of the body. So when you do the Sarvangasana you derive benefits that keep the thyroid in great health. Chin presses against the throat activating the thyroid gland by a rich supply of oxygenated blood with abundant nutrients.
- Strengthen the muscles of the throat.
- Stretches the shoulder and neck
- Reduces fatigue and alleviates insomnia
- Great stress buster helps relieve stress and mild depression
- Helps in developing smooth skin and maintaining a youthful figure.
3. Halasan: The plow, this asana includes a bending posture
It stretches the entire spine and muscles of the vulnerable back to benefit to the cervical region and reduces all the pressure.
- Strengthen the abdomen muscles
- Promotes blood circulation
- Improves body balance
- Ensure arms and shoulders become flexible and strong
4. Savasana: The corpse pose
In this asana, one should lie down flat on the floor, keep your feet comfortably apart, place your arm about 45 degrees from your body, close your eyes. Loosen your shoulders to let out the tension. Lie in this position for a couple of minutes you find yourself relaxed and calm.
- Reduces headache, fatigue, and anxiety.
- Promotes spiritual awakening and awareness of consciousness
- Calms down the nervous system
- Warms the body completely
5. Pashchimothasan: The head knee pose
In Sanskrit, Paschim means the west direction that refers to the back of our body. This asana provides a complete stretch to the back of the body. In this asana you bend forward, stretching yourself from your neck down to the heels through the forward bending posture.
- Reduces body fat
- Stretches the entire back of the body from the head to the heels.
- Stimulates the liver, ovaries, kidneys, and uterus.
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort.
6. Bhujanasan: The cobra pose
In Sanskrit, Bhujanga means the cobra. In this asana, the legs lie parallel together on the ground while the upper body and the head are raised. Physical posture gets improved and the tendency to slouch gets corrected.
- Reduces back pain/ Strengthens the spine
- Abdominal muscles are stretched and toned
- Therapeutic for Asthma
- Opens the chest and helps to clear the passages of the heart and lungs.
7. Salabhasan: the locust pose
In Sanskrit shalabha means Grasshopper. It is a back-bending asana that opens the front of the body and this asana tones the upper torso of the body. The flow of blood from the lower extremities of the legs to the chest, neck, and throat vastly improving the flexibility of the cervical region.
- It tones the pancreas, liver, and kidneys.
- Increase in body temperature and destruction of disease-causing bacteria.
- It also helps to regulate the acid-base balance in the body
- It regulates metabolism and helps lose weight
8. Dhanurasan: The bow
In Sanskrit, Dhanur means the archer’s bow. Here you bend backward while lying on the stomach and raise both halves of the body simultaneously upwards, in an arch that resembles the bow with your arms outstretched and both the legs held like a bowstring. Your body assumes the posture of a bow.
- It relieves constipation and dyspepsia
- Intestines, liver, and spleen become brisk and active
- Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck
- Improves posture
9. Ardha matsyendrasan: The half spinal twist
Matsyendra’s pose lord of fishes, in Sanskrit name Ardha matsyendrasan is inspired by the revered Indian sage matsyendra, one of the earliest teachers of Hatha yoga. This asana involves the half spinal twist of the torso (upper body) that stretches the muscles of the back and the vertebrae of the spine
- The pose energizes and stretches the spine
- Enhances sideways movements
- Opens up neck, hips, and shoulders
- Cleanses the internal organs
10. Padahasthasan: hands to feet pose
In Sanskrit, pada means the feet. Padahasthasan is the first standing pose. It is a standing forward bending asana.
- The blood supply to the brain increases
- The entire nervous system is rejuvenated
- Improves the metabolism
- The fat around the abdomen melt for a trim waist
11. KaKasan: The crow Posture
In Sanskrit kaka means the crow. This posture is most beneficial for perfect body balance. The body weight supported on the elbows and hands and the head gets in the forward position. It works on the muscles in your middle back, upper back, upper arms (biceps & triceps) wrist, and muscles of the fingers.
- Improves Physical balance
- Attain Mental balance
- Improves concentration
12. Trikonasana: The triangle
In Sanskrit, trikon means a triangle. In this asana, the spine is laterally stretched on both sides. It stretches the muscles of the sides, tones the body, and rids of excess fat around the waist with a more flexible spine.
- Enhances blood circulation
- Stimulates liver and spleen
- Reduces blood pressure, stress, and anxiety
- Stimulate the function of the kidney
These are the basic asana which one can perform to get fit because the fitness of the body should be a priority. Lack of awareness towards your health becomes the big issue of tomorrow earning money and then spending on your diseases will not be wise action.
So keep your health in the priority and understand its enormous benefits in your life. Consult a doctor before beginning a yoga regime.
Thank you to all my readers who have taken out time from their busy day to read it. Your comments do encourage me to go further.
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