A yoga pose for complete relaxation is challenging first with the mind. Yoga practice usually includes this position near the beginning or end of asana practice, as therapy for fear, hypertension, insomnia, and even psychosis. While it looks deceptively simple, it is actually difficult to perform.
By Deeksha Ahuja
Pavanamuktasana Asana (Wind Relieving Pose)
The term Pavanamuktasana comes from the Sanskrit word `pavana` which means air or wind and `mukta` which means freedom or release. The Pavanamuktasana works mainly on the digestive system. Specifically, it helps in eliminating excess gas in the stomach.
Salabhasana Asana (Locust Pose)
If the Bhujangasana works mainly on the upper back, the Locust pose targets the lower part. This posture also strengthens the abdominal area, arms, and legs. Another thing that makes it different from many poses is that it entails rapid movement.
Bhujangasana Asana (Cobra Pose)
The Bhujangasana is a great exercise for people with lower back aches. This posture decreases stiffness in the lower back, enlarges the chest, and strengthens the arms and shoulders. It also stimulates digestion by invigorating the internal organs.
Ardha Matsyendrasana Asana (Half Spinal Twist)
If done properly, the Ardha Matsyendrasana lengthens and strengthens the spine. It is also beneficial for your liver, kidneys, as well as adrenal glands. Practice this Yoga Pose under the supervision of a Yoga instructor. This yoga position works by massaging and stimulating the internal organs. Its therapeutic affect relieves constipation and dyspepsia and also cleanses the liver and kidneys.
Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward facing Dog Pose)
The Adho Mukha Shvanasana improves flexibility of your spine, stretches the hips and middle and lower back, rejuvenates the body, and helps in preventing back problems. Take note that this Yoga pose should not be performed if you have serious back pain or injury.
Vajrasana Asana (Cat Stretch Pose)
A deep backbend, this yoga position strengthens the muscles of the torso. Exercise with this pose for several rounds to bring heat and flexibility to the spine, releasing toxins and stimulating the internal organs.
Bidalasana Asana (Cat Pose)
The Bidalasana teaches you to initiate movement from your center and to coordinate your movement and breath. These are two of the most important themes in Yoga practice. Keep in mind that the Bidalasana may not be advisable if you have any chronic or recent back pain or injury.
Sukhasana Asana (Easy Pose)
This is one of the classic meditative poses and is usually performed after doing the Shavasana (Corpse Pose). The Sukhasana helps in straightening the spine, slowing down metabolism, promoting inner tranquility, and keeping your mind still.
Kapalabhati is a breathing technique used specifically for cleansing. If you have a lot of mucus in the air passages or feel tension and blockages in the chest it is often helpful to breathe quickly.
World Health Day: Yoga for Elderly
Ageing is an inevitable process that all humans have to undergo. However, it is also the time when you are more susceptible to some ailments that are linked to old age like Arthritis, rheumatism, incontinence, and High Blood Pressure.
Because of this aging process, the different parts and muscles of the body degrade in their performance as well. Therefore, yoga proves quite beneficial in enhancing its performance or curing various ailments that comes as a result of these natural processes of the body.
Yoga is also beneficial in the prevention and control of common ailments and emotional problems that is linked with old age. Some Yoga asanas are designed to normalize your blood pressure and balance the Nervous System and are essential in the prevention of heart ailments and problems in the nervous system.