As we all know, Yoga is the oldest form of spiritual and physical discipline. It not only keeps our body fit but also our mind healthy and happy. Historians believe Yoga originated around 2700 BC, in the earliest of civilisation. Legend has it that Lord Shiva was the adiyogi. He spread his knowledge of Yoga among his disciples, the Saptarshi or the “Seven Sages”. Ever Since, Yoga is in practice. Today, let us learn some Yoga Positions that will keep us healthy and active.
Vrikshasana or the Tree Pose
Stand straight with your hands on your side. Then gradually raise your feet. Also raise your hands, straight up above your head and join them. Hold the position for sometime and then repeat with the other foot. This pose will help you improve balance and concentration. It will strengthen the muscles of your thigh and legs.
Bhujangasana or the Cobra Pose
Lie face down on the floor and slowly, with the hands on both sides, push your body upwards. Hold the position for a minute and relax. This pose will help you strengthen your spine, stretch your shoulders, chest and abdomen. It will also make the muscles of your hands strong.
Marjaryasana or the Cat Pose
Take a tabletop position with your hands and knees on the ground. Keep your hands straight. Exhale and slowly arch your spine towards the ceiling. Slowly then come back to the initial position. This yoga asana will also strengthen your spine, neck, torso and the organs of your abdomen.
Simhasana or the Lion Pose
It is a pose that will help you reduce stress. Sit with your hips on your heels and rest your palms on your knees. Stick your tongue out and start inhaling from your nose. Keep your eyes open and exhale. While exhaling, make a sound like the Lion (Haaaaa). This position benefits your lungs, throat and respiratory tract. It also keeps your tonsils healthy and functioning. And this asana boosts your immune system.
Savasana or the Corpse Pose
Looks like an easy position from the outside, but it takes the most patience. Lie on the ground with your hands beside you. Keep your eyes closed. Normally breathe in and breathe out resting your body weight on the ground. This position is beneficial for keeping the heart rate and blood pressure low. It reduces muscle tension, insomnia, and anxiety. It also improves your concentration and memory.