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YOGA-THE KEY TO A HEALTHY LONG LIFE

YOGA,WEIGHT MANAGEMENT,DEPRESSION,STRESS,YOGA FOR KIDS,PREGNANCY AND YOGA,YOGA ASANAS


Do you feel stressed over the past and worry about future?
Is depression eating you and you feel low most of the time?
Are you in search of mental peace?
Has your body clock changed working in shifts?
Do you want to burn those extra calories?
Are you expecting a new born in your family?

If your answer is ‘Yes’ for any of the above array of questions, then yoga is the magic word for you. Let me tell you why.

COMBAT STRESS
In this modern era, almost everyone are stressed in some way. Once the amount of stress in you increases, you are prone to many health complications such as panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder. Yoga is known to decrease the stress levels and keeps up energy levels, leaving you refreshed, young and enthusiastic.
The reputed yoga techniques that gives stress relief are:
• Ujjayi
• Alternate nostril breathing
• Controlled breathing
• Meditation
• Mental imagery
• Stretching

THROW DEPRESSION OUT
A person is said to be depressed when he/she is seriously upset for some reason. Negative thoughts arise in his/her mind and stay there for a prolonged period. One who bottles up the feelings and always keeps the mouth shut gets depression easily. Some people go to extremes because of a deeply depressed state. Yoga has been known to manage depression. The five main yoga postures recommended for depression are:
1. Simhasana (The Lion Pose)
2. Matsyasana (The Fish Pose)
3. Balasana (The Child pose)
4. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
5. Savasana (The Corpse Pose)

A STABLE MIND
Meditation through yoga helps in achieving mental peace through a state of detachment. It gives stability of mind where you neither worry about the future nor brood over the past. It teaches you how to workout for the moment. Yoga is the best practice to keep mind go in harmony with the body and lifts up our spirits. Thus yoga is something that engages mind, body and spirit. Some yoga asanas for calmness and relaxation of mind are:
• Shavasan
• Dhanuras
• Paschimottasan
• Konasan
• Matayasan
• Padmasan
• Vajrasan Yogamudra
• Matsyendrasan.

KIDS NEED YOGA
Children gain good concentration power, high energy levels and feel confident when they do yoga. Other physical benefits include flexibility, strength and coordination. In US, even infants are engaged in yoga with their parents. The two main yoga poses specially recommended for kids are
1. Warrior pose
2. Tree pose

If very interested, they can also do Uttanasana II (Extension), Ardha Saryangasana (Half shoulder stand), Tadasana (Mountain), Sukhasana (Sit/Easy Position), Savasana(The Corpse), Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II).

YOGA FOR MOTHERS-TO-BE
It is a nice idea to take up yoga for the first time when you are pregnant. But yoga is excellent during this period whether you have done it before or not. It strengthens the stomach and makes the back and pelvis more flexible, thus helping you with normal delivery. There are yoga classes specially designed for mothers-to-be, where they teach breathing techniques specially meant to get rid of the pain during labour. And yes, your figure will return gradually, if you do the exercises on a daily basis. The asanas commonly practiced during pregnancy are:

• Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
• Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
• Warrior Pose
• Standing Side Stretch Pose
• Standing Spread Leg Forward Bend
• Seated Forward Bend (Paschimothanasana)
• Hero Pose (Virasana)
• Spread Leg Forward Fold (Upavista Konasana)
• Fish Yoga Pose
• Cat Pose (Bidalasana)
• Head Stand (Sirshasana)
• Tree Yoga Pose
• Plough Pose (Halasana)
• Sage Twist Yoga Pose (Marichyasana)
• Shoulder Lifts
• Neck Exercises
• Ujjayi Breathing Technique
• The Corpse Pose

THE BLOOM OF YOUTH
Once you step into your 30s, your body loses its suppleness and elasticity. In due course, your body : fat ratio gets changed and the so called “Ageing” pops its head out. Don’t fall for those anti-ageing cosmetics. Join Yoga classes instead. Yoga removes toxins from all over the body and lengthens the onset of ageing. The yogic techniques recommended for this are:
• Reclining twist
• Lunge
• Plow pose
• Child pose

BENEFITS FOR NIGHT SHIFT WORKERS
If you are working in night shifts, your body clock gets changed which finally puts you in many health related issues. The most common disorder is ‘disturbed metabolism’ which increases the stress hormones that in turn raises insulin and blood sugar levels and encourages the storage of fat, making it very difficult to stay fit. Many shift workers say that they have constipation problem also. So, the main area of concern for shift-workers are poor sleep, over weight and constipation. The two great yogic solutions for these problems are:

1. Yoga nidra
2. Sarvangasana

STAY FIT THE EASY WAY
Fitness experts say, ’The best way to kill the flab is Yoga’. Yoga helps in developing good muscle tone in the stomach. Deep breathing exercises brings plenty of oxygen into the fat cells and helps in burning calories faster. Yogic techniques for those who crave for a fit body are:

• Dynamic spiral twist
• Churning the mill
• Rowing the boat

Some other asanas to stay fit are:

• Pavan-Muktasan
• Bhujangasan
• Paad-Pashchimottanasan
• The bow pose

SAY ‘NO’ TO DISEASES
It is a proven fact that yoga regulates heart beat, treats asthma, prevents strokes, relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, tones the stomach, provides flexibility, slows down ageing, helps with back pain, straightens the spine, lubricates joints and ligaments and cures arthritis. And certainly, yoga can cure many other ailments which are not in the above list. Find below are some asanas specifically meant for major ailments:

For healthy heart : Mountain pose, Tree pose, Warrior, Triangle and Lotus pose
Blood Pressure : Shayasan, Padmasan, Vajrasan, Yogamudra and Dhanurasan
Back Pain : Fish pose, The Corpse and Lotus pose
Pain relief : Twisting poses, Cobra and Cat tilt pose
Asthma : Anuloma, Viloma and Kapala Hati

Now that you probably know why yoga is a must for you, get set to choose a good yoga expert for personal guidance and make your way for a hassle free living.

Wish You a Healthy Long Life..!!
Published: 2009-06-23
Author: Manopriya

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