DIY, 5 Easy poses.
Although, I own and operate a retreat for over quarter years now, I never did practice yoga regularly, until a couple of seasons before the pandemic closure.
Lot of yogis would pose this question, seeing me not in the class regularly. They are more than surprise when told, my practice at best is irregular, one in 2 weeks. They must have been wondering why on earth would anyone not want to practice when he has a dazzling array of teachers constantly teaching right under his nose? Is he one of those who does not walk the talk?
Criticism is fair enough. Explanation is a combination of laziness and not understanding what yoga is all about.
I never liked the morning class , as I found it too difficult to move my limbs that early. Preference is to sit in my cosy favourite square overlooking the lush green garden, sipping my coffee. Yoga emphasizes a yang class ( strong practice) in the morning and a yin ( slow/relaxing) in the afternoon, and most teachers follow this pattern.
Unfortunately, this is not something I subscribe to, as I find a strong practice in the late afternoon is best. It makes me slightly tired, hungry for a sumptuous rice and curry dinner, a pleasant chat across the table, a good night sleep.
The strong morning class on the other hand makes me not only tired but also my brain stops working, and I do have a lot of things to organise. I find it difficult to move my limbs that early, which is only 7.3- am!
So here are the simple things I discovered.
- Yoga can help manage stress remarkably well, in a natural way.
- Everyday, or ever other day, exercise will help keep you healthy
- I recommend simple poses to begin with.
Vrikshasana– Tree pose.
Cultivation of strong balance, while focusing on concentration to help keep our mind sharp and body in perfect balance.
Ardhamatsyendraasana – Seated twist.
Increases the flexibility in your spine and hips. Opens your shoulders and flexes you neck muscles. Strengthens and tone your abs.
It stretches the spine.
Bujangasana– Cobra pose.
Soothes sciatica and piriformis.
Opens the heart and lungs especially with correct breathing technique.
Stimulates abdominal organs
Strengthens the spine.
Suptavajrasana – fish pose.
Tones and soothes the spinal nerves.
Improves body posture
Helps straighten rounded shpulders.
Marjaryasana – Cat-cow pose.
Spine is the mainstay of all our activities. It is the conductor between the brain and the limbs and keeping it healthy.
Cat cow pose simply flexes your otherwise dormant spine with a superb benefit of a breathing technique.The spinal code is an extension of the central nervous system, and flexing it gently along with inhale and exhale can calm the connected nerves.