Neetu Jha is a Chandigarh based trained graduate teacher , writer and editor.She loves to write and contribute on the topics related to health , child care and nutrition.
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that has got global recognition. More and more people are adopting this form of exercise regime to stay healthy and fit. It is one form of exercise that can be done by people of all age groups. Its exercise positions are called ‘Asanas’. Not only the common people but many movie stars and celebrities are reaping the benefits of yoga.
By practising yoga not only the body stays fit but the mind too. It helps cure many diseases apart from weight reduction that other exercise forms cannot cure. People who have perfect body shape too are indulged in yoga as it is for overall fitness and health of the body.
although yoga has many asanas and newly evolved fusion variations like power yoga , vikram yoga etc , that can be practised but a few basic ones are easy to perform and are great for our body too.
The first one is the ‘Paschimottanasana’. All you have to do is sit down on the floor. Keep your back absolutely straight. Stretch your legs out. Stretch out your hand and then slowly bring them down to touch your ankles. Remember you must not bend your knees while doing this. Repeat the same four to five times. After you are done with it, breathe in deeply and then relax.
The second one is the Bhujangasana. It is also called the Cobra pose. This is believed to strengthen your backs, is good for your heart and also for your arms. First lie down on the floor on your stomach. Stretch out your legs and keep your palms flat on the floor by your chest. Keeping your lower body touched to the ground, raise the upper half as high as you can. Repeat.
The third one is the Trikonasana or the triangle pose. This improves flexibility of the body, strengthens back and torso. Stand straight on the floor with your legs wide apart. Bend towards one side without bending the knees. Touch your feet or ankle with one hand and keep the other straight up. Reach as low as possible. Now repeat the same by bending the opposite side. While doing this Asana keep your head straight looking at front.
The fourth asana is the Uttanasana. This is one of the simplest asanas in Yoga. It helps make legs more flexible and the spine stronger. Stand straight and slowly raise your arms up. Inhale while doing this. Now exhale and bend your upper half of the body and touch the floor or your feet. Try not to bend your knees. Repeat the exercise about 5 times.
The fifth asana is Tadasana or the mountain pose. It puts a stretch on the whole body and helps you relax. Stand straight with feet together and hands by your side. Raise your body to your toes and while doing this stretch your body taking your arms up. Hold the position for a few seconds and then come back slowly.