The best way to start your day is by waking up early, at sunrise, and spend some time by yourself, for yourself without going anywhere near your electronic gadgets. And the best way to this, is by performing a routine called yoga. A yoga session is the performance of a collection of asanas (or postures) that help you to maintain your physical and mental health. As you perform these asanas one by one there is a regularisation of your breathing pattern that visibly reduces stress and rejuvenates every cell of your body. The way you start your day most definitely defines how the rest of the day might go and hence starting with yoga guarantees a positive beginning to your day.
How yoga can help you
Yoga is an ancient art of living that was performed as a ritual to achieve physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It originated in India around 17th century BC and has been continuing ever since. It has been proven effective in treating various chronic diseases by reducing the occurrence of its symptoms. Now it has become a highly respected and a popular routine among all the health-seeking-patrons. The best of all is that it can be done anywhere, at any time, and by people of all ages. Yoga helps you to
- Increase immunity and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart diseases, cholesterol and diabetes.
- Increase your body flexibility which in-turn will mentally increase your confidence and reduce stress levels
- Overcome depression, regulate body metabolism and reduce insomnia issues. A good sleep always ensures a better lifestyle.
- Reduce negative emotions and positively motivate yourself to remain optimally productive for the rest of the day
Some basic yoga asanas
Suryanamaskar: This asana is mostly performed at the start of the yoga session as a holy start by offering your prayers to the Sun God. This consists of 12 postures that are performed one after the other. Suryanamaskar exercises every muscle on the limbs in different positions.
Vrikshasana: Also known as the tree pose, involves the standing of the participant like a tree. This asana makes us innately focus on our breathing and maintain it.
Trikonasana: This asana is also known as the triangle pose and attempts to maintain balance and stamina in our body.
Bhujangasana: This pose looks like a cobra and you are supposed to maintain in this position for as long as you can. This asana mainly strengthens the curvature of the spine and promotes overall flexibility by opening out your chest to breathing right.
Dos and Don’ts
Whenever you are planning to start your yoga ritual, make sure that you learn from a certified instructor or practitioner.
Initially, if you are not be able to do the poses or not able to do them correctly, don’t lose heart. Yoga cannot be learnt and performed overnight. Give it some time. Always take a bottle of water and a yoga mat to the yoga session.
The results or consequences of yoga, that you might desire, may take weeks or months to happen. Try to build your stamina by holding the poses for a longer time or by repeating it for more number of times than the previous one.