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