We’ve seen two key benefits so far, Yoga helps you sleep better and lose weight. Let’s take a look at Benefit number three: YOGA FOR BETTER POSTURE Are you slouching right now, as you read this? Do you always look for something to lean on while standing? If you do then you must work on your posture. I’m sure you would’ve heard this from your mom or grandparents in the past, but I don’t mind saying it again. Keeping a good posture is extremely important for your spine; after all it’s your spine that supports you all day long! A bad posture not only results in medical issues like chronic back pain and osteoporosis, it also messes with your confidence and happiness levels! I’m not kidding! The next time you are low on confidence or feeling a little upset notice your posture. I don’t blame you if your posture needs improvement. It’s our lifestyle these days, like long hours at the desk at work or increased time in the car due to heavy traffic, which takes a toll on our body! Also, we are so distracted with our work or personal life that we don’t think twice about the way we sit or walk! Here are a few quick Yoga moves that will help strengthen your back and improve your posture. Tadasana: Stand with feet shoulder width apart Raise the hands above the head and interlock fingers, pressing the palms toward the ceiling, elbows stretched completely. Begin to feel a lengthening of the spine. Lift and ribcage and raise the heels, coming onto the toes. Stay in this pose for up to one minute, or as long as is comfortable. Bhujangasana: Lie down [...]
I’m back with another benefit today! This one is very popular. Here’s benefit number two: YOGA FOR WEIGHT LOSS Losing weight is a struggle for many. Maintaining the body after weight loss is even harder. You may go on crazy diets; cut down on desserts, junk food, eat only salads and drink fresh juice all day and still see minimal change. According to a famous news article in the daily mail, the people in UK alone spent 1.8billion pounds on diet foods in 2013!! Many young women fall prey to eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia etc. Is it even worth it? Abusing our body for a size zero? Personally I think it’s nonsense. I’m slim myself but this is not because of crazy diets. I’ve been asked many times ‘’What’s your secret?’’ I simply say I eat whatever I want and I workout accordingly. I follow no diet and I don’t intend to either. Yoga helps you lose weight and also strengthen your body simultaneously. Being slim alone is not enough, you must be fit too! The most popular yoga series you can follow to lose weight would be the Surya namaskaar also known as the Sun salutation. Surya namaskaar is a set of asana that’s performed in succession. It’s an effective weight loss tool and a great warm up exercise for other physical activities as well. If you are a beginner you can start with eleven rounds of Surya namaskaar daily and slowly increase the numbers. For the intermediate level you can set your timer for 5 minutes and practice Surya namaskaar with no break till your timer goes off! For a more advanced level, set your timer for 10 minutes and do as [...]
How does practicing yoga benefit you? The first two benefits that come to your mind would be increase in flexibility and reduce stress levels. But that’s not all! Yoga has many many hidden benefits that you may not be aware of. I’m going to take this up as a challenge and share one benefit a day for the next two weeks to start with. I’ll top it up with a posture for every benefit! Let me start with saying a few minutes of yoga everyday can do wonders to your body and mind. So if you haven’t already started then you must now! Spend at least 10 minutes every day to do a few sun salutations (surya namaskars) and Pranayama. Once you notice the positive change in yourself you’ll crave for more! Trust me on that one, that’s how I started my practice. Here’s benefit number one: YOGA HELPS YOU SLEEP BETTER. If you are experiencing a lot of sleepless nights, you may be suffering from insomnia or other sleeping disorders like the restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea. The effects of these disorders may include; drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, not refreshed after sleep and fatigue. Restful sleep is extremely necessary and an average adult requires around 8 hours of sleep a day. Insomnia maybe caused by numerous reasons but the most common include; stress, depression, snoring partner and certain medications. According to University of Maryland Medical Centre, about 50% of insomnia cases have no identifiable cause. Yogis use ‘Yoga Nidra’ or ‘Yogi Sleep’ to help relax the whole body and in order sleep better. To perform Yoga Nidra you need to first lay down in Shavasana (Corpse pose) with your feet slightly apart and palms [...]
Here's a round up of some news on Yoga that I found interesting. My yoga mat has been in a bad shape for a few months now and I finally decided to buy a new one. But what do I do with my old one? I don't want to just throw it away, I'm a BIG believer of recycling . So I stumbled upon this interesting article on reusing old yoga mats! Talk about timing:) check it out.. Do you want to go on a Yoga retreat but haven't made up your mind yet? This article gives you 10 reasons to go on a yoga retreat. It might help you decide! Read more... J-Lo's new video includes some yoga moves that I think you would instantly recognize. Yes okay maybe some of them are not actual yoga postures but it sure does resemble them! Read more to see what I'm talking about. Shwetha Seshadri: Yogi, Kindergarten Teacher & Graphic designer.
How yoga helps in treating backpain? Yoga is perhaps the most important methodology to treat Back Pain. Most Back Pain is caused because of the sedentary nature of our modern Lifestyle; and hence due to weakened Back and Core muscles. Add mental Stress to this, which causes stiffening of muscles and we find that Back Pain has become a global epidemic! Yoga exercises or Asanas were designed to keep the Back supple yet strong as a straight back was pivotal for sitting long hours in Meditation. Asanas are often used in Physiotherapy exercises in the therapeutic alleviation of Back Pains. Also, Yoga’s Breathing exercises or Pranayama helps us de-stress; so then our Body can relax and heal itself. Is yoga a good workout? Take a peek in to any gym in the world and you will see a Yoga class on the schedule. Yes, Yoga has universally been accepted as an effective work-out! Yoga helps us get Fit, lose Weight, tone our muscles, improve posture, alleviate back pains and strengthen the back. It helps us make our bodies more supple and Flexible while also Strengthening to create a lean, toned look. Worldwide sportsmen and athletes are swearing by yoga! It is an exercise that caters to people of all age groups. Yoga is arguably the most complete workout in the world as it benefits all aspects of Fitness - flexibility, strength, cardio, balance and mental wellbeing! Is yoga good for respiratory system? Yoga lays a high emphasis on Breathing. In fact an entire range of practices called Pranayama are dedicated to Breathing completely. This makes the Body stronger and eliminates toxins. The right balance of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide is vital [...]
‘Yogi Trek’ was conceptualized as an outdoor fitness cum meditative experience – to take yogis outside the yoga studio! The Ancient Yogis did a lot of trekking and walking in the Himalayas; however as modern yogis we find that our range of physical training is limited to asanas. So in order to have a well-rounded natural fitness experience as well as to do Pranayam outdoors; we introduced monthly Yogi Treks to places around Bangalore city. We also found that Meditation happened spontaneously to students in the great outdoors as compared to in the studio classes! This Yogi Trek we are going to Skandagiri! From Wikipedia: This mountain is also known as Kalavara Durga, is an ancient mountain fortress located approximately 70 km from Bangalore city, and 3 km from Chikballapur in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is off Bellary Road and overlooks Nandi Hills, Muddenahalli, and Kanivenarayanapura. The peak is at an altitude of about 1350 meters. We’ll be trekking up the hill nearly 1hour and 30 minutes followed by Yoga and meditation atop the hill; Brunch at Silver Oaks Farm near Nandi Hills. Timing: Saturday, 27th September Departure from Total Yoga Indiranagar- 6:00am Reach destination – 7:30am approximately Mode of transport: Carpool Price: No charge for Total Yogis and Rs.500 for others. Breakfast charges additional for all. Things to carry: Trekking shoes,Fruits, Energy Bars, Water, Cap & Yoga Mat! (Avoid wearing shorts) Please write into firstname.lastname@example.org or call +91 9740980200 for all details about joining Yogi Trek.