“Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”
In these modern times there is a serious need to calm our mind and our body because we are on the go all the time and in that process we disconnected from our family, relatives, friends, nature and even ourselves. Devices that are meant to connect us are creating further rift in our lives and that is changing our very nature which is very dangerous to our being. In all this disconnect and confusion there is one ancient philosophy called yoga which has to power to help us bridge our disconnect. Yoga is not hard, yoga is not difficult, yoga is not a religion, and yoga is not an escape from reality. Yoga is the way to connect with you mind, body, sprit and nature. Yoga teaches us to see the good and bring the good from within us and it is a cleanser of our mind and body.
Since yoga can be practiced by any age group here are five simple yoga poses i.e. asanas that are very easy to perform and in just few weeks if done regularly and correctly you will feel the change from within.
Tadasana or Mountain Pose
When someone starts practicing yoga the first asana which is generally taught is tadasana because it is simple and slowly prepares your body to perform more complex poses. Daily practice of tadasana helps our Intrinsic and extrinsic foot muscles, quadriceps, iliopsoas, piriformis, abdominal wall, and diaphragm. Also by doing this pose people can help relieve sciatica and also it can reduce flat feet.
Ardha Kati Chakrasana
Ardha means half, Kati means waist and chakra means wheel which means we only rotate our body in half without causing too much stress. But with practice we will be able to stretch more and the benefits of this asana are
- It increases the elasticity of lateral region
- It helps stretch our Lateral thoracic muscles and supplies more blood
- Excess fat around the waist gets reduced and hip joints become flexible
- It is a good pose for those who suffer from back pain constipation and suffer from flat foot
Virabhadrasana or Warrior pose
This is again a very simple pose and with constant practice stress levels can be easily increased. The benefits of this particular asana is that it helps you have stronger muscles of the feet and knees and strengthens the shoulders, arms, and the back. Also stretches the hip flexors and gives us enhanced calf muscles. But the best outcome from doing this pose is more cerebral because improves our concentration.
“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.”
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Prana literally means life and Pranayama is the art of breathing without which life is not possible. By quietly sitting in a spot you can practice this simple but profound life changing asana. We need oxygen to live but most people on earth do not know how to utilize oxygen which contains abundant source of energy for our body. This breathing exercise can help you fight stress and supply more oxygen to all parts of your body making you strong and rejuvenated.