Ageing is a fact of life. No one can escape it. Whether we like it or not, with age the muscles become less flexible and the body weaker, the skin has wrinkles and bones become stiff. All this can sound depressing. However, with healthy dietary habits and regular physical exercise, one can delay and even counter the onslaught of these conditions. The Indian discipline of Yoga has become a global phenomena now with more and more people from all walks of life embracing it. Here we share four Yoga poses which can help in increasing one’s life span.
1. The Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
This pose might seem easy but it requires flexibility and core strength. It helps in strengthening the thighs, calves and spine while also giving stability to the knees. It also stimulates the abdominal organs. Begin by squatting half way as if sitting on a chair and raise both your hands towards the ceiling. Maintain this posture 30-40 seconds.
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2. Boat Pose (Navasana)
This asana helps in building a strong core and abdominal muscles which supports the lower back. One has to extend the legs and arms creating a ‘V’ shape and hold this position for 10-12 deep breaths. One has to balance the body on the hip bones.
Pic – https://www.doyou.com/5-boat-pose-variations-to-wake-up-your-core/
3. Warrior Pose (Virbhadra asana)
This pose strengthens the arms, shoulders, thighs and back. Begin by standing straight with legs wide apart. Turn your right foot 90 degrees and left foot inwards by 15 degrees. Bend your right knee and lift both arms sideways parallel to the ground. Hold in this position for 10-12 deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.
Pic – https://www.aloyoga.com/blogs/alo-blog/perfect-the-pose-warrior-ii
4. Shoulder Stand (Sarvang Asana)
This pose helps in improving blood circulation, boosting metabolism and reducing body fat. It also stimulates the thyroid gland and improves digestion. Lie on your back with arms on the sides. Raise you back, legs and buttocks in one movement and support your lower body with your elbows and shoulders. Take deep breaths and stay in this position for at least one minute.
Pic – https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6214/10-Reasons-to-Practice-Shoulderstand-Every-Day.html
Do all these asanas regularly to detox and strengthen your body, increase your lung capacity and improve overall stability and balance. Enjoy holistic wellness by adopting Yoga and Pranayam into your daily routine.