The same old workout routine can sure get boring! The gym, the treadmills, hours spent at a place that feels impersonal at best—where’s the joy that working out is supposed to bring? If that’s what is going through your mind, we have the answer right here! A smart and trendy option that will not just keep you fit, but will also ensure that you stay rejuvenated throughout the day! Sounds good, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t just sound good, but it works well too! Try practicing yoga for half an hour everyday and you will feel refreshed. It works well for both—those who want to lose weight and those who want to gain. Although yoga takes time to show results, but the effects it leaves behind on your body are long lasting.
If you are a newbie to yoga, start slow. Learn the basic movements, exercises (warm-ups as you call them), and asanas with little movements or twists, until your body gets used to it. And you are ready to move on to the next level! Now you can choose the asanas and the type of yoga he/she wants to practice.
Yoga, as you know, has many types and forms. It not only has asanas, but also has asanas with warm-ups and pranayama, asanas with pranayama, asanas with meditation and pranayama, strictly meditation (intense), and intense asanas like the ones in Bikram yoga. It has different names too, like Hatha yoga, Bikram yoga, Ashtanga yoga and many more.
Introducing Divya Yoga:
Divya yoga is one of the numerous branches of yoga, and one that you can safely practice at home. This is yet another form of yoga, which has a blend of asanas, pranayama, and meditation. Divya yoga incorporates numerous asanas, which can help cure most illnesses. In fact, in this unique form of yoga, one can learn all aspects of yoga in depth. One can start from the basics and move onto more advanced asanas and meditation techniques.
A Divya yoga session has a lot to offer, but the most important asanas and pranayama options, which one can easily practice at home, are listed below. Follow them and get started with Divya yoga at your home:
Asana 1: Matsyasana:
- Lie down on your back. Spread your legs straight.
- Now rest your hands besides your body. Let your palms touch the floor.
- Lift your head off the floor and place the crown of your head on the ground. At the same time lift up your chest off the floor.
- Breathe normally. Remain steady for a few seconds and release from the asana.
- Return to the original pose. Get up and sit in cross-legged pose.
Asana 2: Paschimottanasana:
- Sit on the floor and spread your legs straight.
- Inhale deeply and as you exhale, bend your body from the waist.
- Bend until your forehead touches your knee cap and your hands reach your toes.
- Remain steady for a few seconds and release.
- Return back to the first pose.
Asana 3: Padahastasana:
- Stand with your spine erect and look straight ahead.
- Inhale deeply and while exhaling, bend downwards until you can touch your toes.
- The main difference in Paschimottansana and Padahastasana is that in Padahastasana you bend from your hips and not from your waist.
- Slowly rise up and relax.
- Release from the asana and return to normal state.
Asana 4: Utkatasana:
- Stand straight on the floor and look ahead.
- Bring your hands together and join your palms in prayer position. Stretch them upwards.
- Bend your knees a little and push your hips downwards.
- Bring your thighs parallel with the floor. It appears as if you are sitting on an imaginary chair.
- Remain steady for few seconds and then come back to the original posture.
Asana 5: Shavasana:
- Lie down with your back resting on the floor.
- Rest your hands beside your body and keep them at a comfortable distance from your body.
- Rest your legs besides your body, keeping them at a comfortable distance from your body.
- Close eyes. Place your head on either side of the torso.
- Inhale and exhale deeply, slowly.
- Remain steady in Shavasana for 5-10 minutes and then slowly turn to the other side. Getup with the support of your right hand, sit up in cross-legged position and then release from the pose.
An important feature of the Divya yoga basic class is practicing Surya Namaskara. Follow the following steps and get started:
- Stand straight and raise your arms. Stretch them backwards. Inhale.
- Bend forwards to touch your feet with your hands, bend from your hips. Exhale.
- As you bend down, place your hands on the floor. Take your left leg back while keeping the right in front. Press your waist downwards and raise your neck upwards, trying to stretch your chest forward. At the same time, push the shoulders backwards. Stretch your face upwards.
- Push your left leg back and bring both the legs in a straight line.
- Rest your body on the floor, face down. Place your chin on the floor and look to the front.
- Lift your chest off the floor and look upwards.
- Lift your body and balance it on your hands and feet while bending down. Position your body in a ‘V’ pose.
- Now repeat the third step again, but this time with your left leg in the front.
- Lift upwards. Bend forwards to touch your feet with your hands, bend from your hips. Exhale.
- Rise upwards. Rise up your hands backwards and stretch them backwards.
- Return to first pose.
After a good sun salutation session, all you need to complete your Divya yoga class is a pinch of pranayama.
- For this, you need to sit on the floor, relaxed, and in a cross-legged pose. Keep your hands on your knees, palms facing downwards.
- Lift your left hand, close four fingers and let your thumb point outwards. Now place your thumb on your right nostril and breathe in from the left one. Release your right nostril and exhale from it.
- Now lift your right hand, close four fingers and let your thumb point outwards. Now place your thumb on your left nostril and breathe in from the right one. Release your left nostril and exhale from it.
Now that’s what you call a perfect Divya yoga session! You’ve got all that you need for staying fit and rejuvenated! Boring? Not at all! Put on some good music if you want, and work out from from the comfort of your home.
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