Stressed at work? Hatha yoga could be your answer for all mental woes
After a busy day at work especially on a Monday, all you want to do is sit back and relax. That seems like a great idea, except that it is not possible to let your hair loose while you have loads to do at home too. That’s why experts insist that you opt for hatha yoga as your go-to aid.
‘Ha’ in Sanskrit means ‘sun’ and ‘tha’ in Sanskrit means ‘moon’. Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga that proposes that there must always be a balance between the sun and the moon in the body. Hatha yoga is practiced to calm your body, mind, soul, and spirit. It also professes the need to meditate in order to find the right balance. Here are 3 hatha yoga poses that will be extremely helpful to calm you down:
Hatha yoga poses for beginners
Hatha yoga comprises of yoga postures that are divided into 5 categories – the standing postures, the sitting poses, resting poses, back-bending asanas and balancing poses. These poses aim to benefit specific body regions and create an internal balance in your body.
- Standing forward bend pose (Uttanasana): Uttanasana is a perennial favourite of yoga gurus. Stand straight on a yoga mat with hands on your hips. Inhale deeply as you stretch your arms towards the ceiling. Exhale and bend down at the hips while bringing your arms on the floor next to each other. Now rest your hands on the back of your ankles. Rest your chest and hand on your arms.
Benefits: It is excellent for your spine and hip region.
- Mountain pose (Tadasana): One of the easiest poses in hatha yoga, ‘Tadasana’ is said to be the start of every other posture. Stand on your yoga mat with your feet close to each other. Gradually, raise your arms and intertwine your fingers. Keep your arms straight and try to inhale carefully. Try to hold the breath for about 30-60 seconds; exhale. Try to do the same by standing on your toes too.
Benefits: This asana utilizes almost all parts of your body. It is great for improving your posture and reducing back pain.
- Downward facing dog pose (Adho mukha svanasana): Adho mukha svanasana is one of the best postures in terms of relaxation and rejuvenation of the body. In order to practice the posture, you must stand straight first. Gradually bend forward, let your arms be on the ground- as though forming a triangle. Keep your head parallel to the ground, while not letting it hang. Stay in the posture for about 30 seconds and gradually increase the time.
Benefits: The asana is best for improving the functioning of your core muscles. It strengthens your back, legs, and arms.