Asana does not only belong to the yogis! The right asana helps you to win over everyday aches and pains. Moreover, it ensures a lot more health benefits. It’s indeed very frustrating thing when you have neck pains, backaches, knee pains, weak joints, stiffness in the knees, etc even without any physiological problems.
It is a pretty common thing with lots of people and it leaves you with confusion and questions like- where is the pain coming from? And what can I do about it? It is also admitted that many of us try our best to lose weight. Indian diets are superb diets that we have already mentioned in our previous articles. An Indian diet for weight loss is a blissful gift by nature.
Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar explains the benefits and ways of performing asana in her 12-week fitness project 2020. In her previous article, she explains the benefits and ways to eat food in the right proportion.
We tend to focus more on gaming and strength training rather than stretches. Too much exercise can lead to your immunity going down. So if you stretch post-workout you can avoid crashing, infections, or falling sick. Besides, if you’re suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid, etc., stretching is extremely helpful for you.
Benefits Of Asana
- It fixes posture. Lots of time you feel weak while moving or your knees get locked while sitting for a long time, etc. With stretching daily, this problem can be avoided.
- It improves the motion of your joints. Sometimes your joints can get stiffened after low movement. Stretching can fix the flow of motion.
- Stretching increases and betters blood circulation.
- It improves coordination. It’s pretty common when you want to reach out for something but your hands aren’t moving. With stretches, this can be avoided.
- And of course, stretching helps with aches and pains.
How To Perform Asana
There are three positions or stretches which belong to the wisdom of yogi, the SP series. They are done lying down on a mat.
Place the mat very close to the wall and get a yoga belt. Then lie down straight on the mat with both your feet pressing against the wall. It’s very important that your feet must touch the walls straight. Then bend your right knee towards your chest. Take the belt and wrap it around your feet, a little below your toes. Put your elbows own on the floor and extend your leg up. Force your other foot to stay put. Your thigh should be pushing away, your calf going up, and your toes facing you. And hold this position for 10 counts or longer.
For the second position, hold both ends of the belt with your left hand as to extend your right leg to the right side as much as you can. Keep your knee straight and once you get settled in that pose, go back to the first position.
For the third position, push your right leg to the left side with your right hip pressed on the floor. Push your thigh away from your face. Do the same thing with your left leg after you’re done with the right one.
When To Perform Asana
If you’re diabetic or have blood pressure issues, you should stretch twice a day. Once in the morning and nice in the evening. If you work out every day, you should stretch before and after exercise. Post-exercise stretches should be longer. If you have chronic fatigue or having your period, stretch once a day. Repeat twice on each side. And finally, for weak joints, arthritis, osteoporosis, back problems, leg cramps, heel pain, etc. You should stretch before going to sleep and after waking up on the bed.
Stretching is very beneficial to your health and it can ease your aches and pains. And considering that it’s so easy to perform, you should try to include this in your daily habits.