Saturday November 18, 2017

Benefits of Trikonasana: Channeling Inner Strength, Stamina and Stability With Yoga

What exactly is yoga? Is it a religion, a philosophy, a practice or an ideology? Is it a way of life?

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Practice of yoga is believed to heighten the spirit and the body.
The term Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' meaning to connect, join, or balance. Wikimedia
  • Yoga is a 5000-year old Indian body of knowledge
  • This combination of mental, physical and spiritual practices hold the key to a healthier life
  • The Trikonasana focuses on the mind, body, and soul of the yogi

New Delhi, August 10, 2017: I am a hurtler, and it comes naturally to me.  My days were always divided into two segments- a part that fast-forwarded through every task and the other which was rather dull and long. Once I was out of the bed, I hurtled through my morning routine and sped through every task scheduled. This was usually followed by long hours sitting at my workstation. The problem with this go-go-go attitude and then the sluggish stance was that it put me in a frantic state, leaving me worn out by the end of the day.

This went on for a few months. All this while, I kept saying, ‘My back hurts when I get up from bed’. ‘Maybe I’ve been sitting on my desk for too long, my lower back hurts’. ‘My bag is too heavy and my shoulders ache now’- words that I later realized were only another way of saying that I needed to establish a healthy routine.

Climbing stairs was exhausting, and it hurt more mentally than physically because I was not old yet, and I should have been fine doing it.

These realizations then began to be predictably followed by – “I am going to do yoga every morning, I am sure that will help.”

But I didn’t.

I talked about it all the time, read extensively about it in the Internet. Even got myself a yoga mat. I did everything to be ready for my promised early-morning-yoga-sessions, but I made zero efforts to actually do yoga.

It took me a while to recognize that things weren’t getting better. So, I decided to own up, and finally get to business, if even for 10 minutes daily in the morning. Studies suggest that doing yoga can relieve anxiety and increase flexibility and I was willing to try.

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I began getting up early and diligently joined my mother for her morning sessions. After meticulously doing yoga for a month, I observed that it,

  1. Lowers stress and improves mood
  2. Boosts confidence
  3. Lowers risk of injury
  4. Helps lose weight
  5. Increases flexibility
  6. Improves strength and helps tone muscles
  7. Improves posture
  8. Supplements breathing and helps keep blood pressure in check

The Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar very aptly puts it, “Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life-in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic you are.”

One yoga asana that specifically helped me target and cure my back and shoulder trouble and has now made it to my favorite list is the TRIKONASANA.

The asana is pronounced as Tree-cone-ah-sah-nah

Trikonasana is the triangle pose
Trikonasana against the sunsent at Sunset. Wikimedia

In the Hindu mythology, the triangle is a forceful symbol and the three sides of the triangle represent the three forces of the universe,

  • The creative force Brahma
  • The sustaining force Vishṇu
  • The destroyer and force of change Shiva

Taking on similar lines, the triangle pose signifies focusing on the mind, body and soul of the yogi, its qualities being strength, the ability to support weight and the capacity to resist pressure.

Unlike most other yoga postures, this asana requires the eyes to be kept open.

It is known to stimulate all the abdominal organs, and helps in treating diabetes. The asana also assists in better digestion, and helps reduce waist fat, and enhance spinal flexibility.

However, one should avoid doing this if suffering from high or low blood pressure, migraine, neck or back injuries.

How to do the Trikonasana (Triangle pose)

  1. Stand straight with your feet comfortably wide apart.
  2. Turn your right foot out 90 degrees.
  3. Ensure that your feet are pressed against the ground and the body weight is balanced equally in both the feet.
  4. Inhale deeply, and raise both your arms from the sides, bringing them in line with your shoulders.
  5. As you exhale, bend your upper half to touch the right toe with the left hand, while the right hand points straight upwards.
  6. Now turn your head to look at the right hand in the air.
  7. Make sure both your knees are straight when you perform this posture.
  8. Hold the posture for as long as you can, as you breathe normally. Then repeat the same with the other side.

Trikonasana must not be performed if one has a neck or back injury.
The Trikonasana. In this posture, the yogi can either touch the ground, as depicted in the image, or touch their toes. Wikimedia

Benefits of the Trikonasana

  • Strengthens legs, knees, chest, and arms.
  • Stretches and moves the muscles of the legs, hamstrings, calves, hips, shoulders, chest, and spine.
  • Increases mental and physical equilibrium.
  • Reduces anxiety, stress, and back pain.

ALSO READ: Here’s how the Science links Yoga to Happiness!

As a beginner, there are a few things you can do to make the experience enjoyable, and perform the asana in the right manner,

  • Throughout the asana, ensure that your back is totally straight.
  • Do not twist along the hips while twisting the body. Only your legs move.
  • As a beginner, it might help to keep the back of your torso or heel touched against a wall to keep steady in the pose.

 
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4 Best Yoga Asanas and Their Benefits

Yoga keeps your mind relaxed and helps you to stay fit and healthy. Try these 4 asanas for an overall good health

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Yoga Pose.Pixabay
  • Yoga is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in ancient India
  • These 4 yoga asanas will help you to be in shape

“Yoga is the journey of self, through the self, to the self.” – Bhagvat Gita

Weight loss, a strong and flexible body, glowing beautiful skin, peaceful mind, good health – whatever you may be looking for, yoga has it on offer. Yoga is all about stretching our body in different forms and meditation.

Here are 4 best yoga asanas to keep your body toned-

1.Tadasana

Tadasana strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles.It helps to develop good posture and calms down the nervous system.

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Tadasana.pixabay

2. Parvatasana

Parvatasana strengthens the muscles of the arms and legs.It tones the spinal nerves and sends the good flow of blood to the spinal region.

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A variation of Parvatasana. For the original asana, you need not raise the leg in the air as depicted here. Pixabay

3. Vakrasana

It is intensely twisted posture which helps in reducing back problems and fat reduction on the belly. It also increases spine blood flow to abdominal.

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Vakrasana, Wikimedia

4. Bhujangasana

It strengthens the spine, chest, shoulders, abdomen and buttocks. It helps in reducing indigestion and acidity problems.

yoga asanas: Bhujangasana
Bhujangasana.wikimedia commons

-prepared by Pragya Mittal of NewsGram| Twitter @PragyaMittal05

 

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Here’s how you can keep up with your fitness this Diwali!

Do you wish to celebrate a celebrate guilt-free Diwali? Read on!

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Diwali does not mean you will have to compromise on your health, Wikimedia

New Delhi, October 17, 2017 : Saying no to sweets becomes near impossible around Diwali, making many conscious of their weight, calories and sugar level going up. Be active and restrict to two drinks to enjoy festivities with full fervor.

Here’s how you can keep up with your fitness this Diwali! Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal and Preeti Kakkar, nutritional expert at Credihealth, have listed what people can do to celebrate guilt-free Diwali:

  • Plan your day: If one meal goes for a toss, make sure the rest of the meals are on track. For instance, if you’ve reserved a table for dinner, then make sure your breakfast, lunch and snacks are balanced and healthier.
  • Festival and alcohol: Just restrict to two drinks. Alcohol dehydrates your body. Avoid taking cocktails and aerated drinks too as they give you just extra calories.
  • Be active: Physical activity will keep your metabolism active too. No matter what, engage in at least 20 minutes of physical activity every day. It can be in the form of dance, walk, jogging or yoga. You may find it hard to believe, but Surya Namaskar is the best way to fight exhaustion.
  • Don’t give up on sweets: It would be a crime to cut out the sweets entirely during this season. So, choose the healthier options and watch your portion size. Go for dry fruit, phirni, kheer, dark chocolate and date mithai instead of other sugar-loaded sweets.
  • Hydrate well: Don’t wait for the thirst to strike. Keep hydrating yourself at short intervals. Moreover, it will keep you stay full and energized in the rush of all preparation. (IANS)

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Hillary Clinton finds Yoga, Alternate Nostril Breathing helpful for Relaxation

Hillary Clinton has found alternate nostril breathing yoga technique as a mantra for relaxation and peace after her loss in 2016 Presidential elections to Donald Trump.

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Hillary Clinton VOA

Washington, October 12, 2017 : Hillary Clinton has demonstrated on national television how to perform yoga through alternate nostril breathing exercise. It is quite interesting to see Hillary Clinton has discovered the mantra to deal with stress.

In the aftermath of United States Presidential elections 2016, Hillary finds sitting cross legged on a yoga mat and practicing long inhale and exhale breathing techniques quite helpful. Hilary mentioned that she has been practicing it for quite some time and it has come across as a very helpful way.

The Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton has recommended yoga for everyone to try for relaxation. Yoga is an ancient Indian technique of pre-Vedic Indian tradition that involves physical, mental and spiritual training to relax the mind and body. Promoting the idea of practicing yoga for relaxation seems to be working well for Hillary, who found a new way out to live life and find peace after her loss to Donald Trump in 2016.