Let’s do some Yoga
Why should you do yoga? Because Janet Jackson, Cameron Dias, Katie Holmes and other famous celeb does it? Of course, not. But why then? Simply put, yoga makes you feel good and makes you feel rejuvenated.
What is Yoga
Being an ancient system of movement, yoga comprises of various poses and gentle moves all aimed at the development of the body and mind. It encompasses one’s lifestyle and lays emphasis on inner peace, compassion and non-violence. In fact, yoga is considered as the best technique for body stimulation and relaxation.
Like every other exercise, yoga begins with the basics of breathing and can be done even while sitting. It also has certain moves which are difficult, but of course, it would definitely be unnecessary for one to twist his body into a pose he is uncomfortable with.
Here are some moves you might want to give a try.
The “Tree” pose
This is a powerful yet simple move that needs both grace and balance. To begin;
- Stand straight with both legs together.
- Bend your left leg placing your left foot on your right thigh with your left toes pointing towards the floor. Your left knee should point out.
- Placing your hands on your hips, try aligning (leveling) them while your torsos faces straight ahead.
- Immediately balance is obtained, place both hands in a prayer position and slowly lift your arms above your head. Ensure your palms are together when doing this.
- Breathe deeply and steer softly at any point in front of you for about 30secs.
- Start all over again but this time with the reverse leg.
The “Downward facing dog” pose
This starts with your hands and knees as follows:
- Spread out your palms until they are about an inch away from each side of your mat
- Press your hips back and up.
- At a slow pace, lower your heels towards the floor. Your body should take the shape of an inverted “v”.
- Taking deep breaths, stretch your heels closer to the ground, contracting the muscles while you lift your butt higher towards the sky.
- Ensure your head aligns with your spin. To do this simply look back toward your knee.
- Remain in this position for a minute.
The “Half bridge” pose
This pose helps improve posture. To do this,
- Lie flat on your back with your palms by your side facing down. Your knees should be bent and your heels close to your butt as possible as you can.
- On exhalation, push your arms and feet to the ground then lift your hips into the air. This raises your buttocks off the floor and keeps your thighs parallel to the floor.
- Maintain focus on extending your knees towards the wall in front of you while you keep your feet and thigh parallel.
- Clam your hand together and roll your shoulder beneath you so as to move your arms towards each other.
- Remain in this pose for about one minute and release on an exhale.
Go on, try these moves just for a few weeks and see the difference yourself.