The Power of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice of exercise and meditation, followed in India and her neighboring states. Since 2015, 21st June has been celebrated every year as the International Yoga Day to attract people into yoga, which has extensive health benefits. Each pose has its own advantages and also requires daily practice. The beginners should try easy postures and moves, and only after mastering them should they move to more advanced forms of yoga.

For the limitation of this article, we have listed down the following health benefits of yoga, along with three examples in each category.

1)Yoga for Mind Relaxation :

Relaxing the mind and increasing one’s mental concentration is a challenge nowadays due to the fast-paced life. Along with physical exercises, yoga also targets mental wellness and refreshment of our mind. Yoga is a quick and effective way to remove mental stress, fear, anxiousness, and distractions and focus well on the current job. While Savasana or lying back on the floor with mind rested can be chosen as one of the best ways of relaxation, some good forms of yoga in this category are Balasana (child pose) and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge pose).

Balasana (child pose)
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge pose)

2)Yoga for Meditation :

Meditation could have fallen under the previous category, but meditation not only relieves the mind but also promotes breathing and maintains posture. Yoga gives the importance of breathing well while in a sitting position, which may not always be relaxing. Pranayama is a good breathing exercise where air through each nostril is regulated. However, two good meditation postures are Padmasana (lotus pose) and Vajrasana (diamond pose).

Padmasana (lotus pose)
Vajrasana (diamond pose)

3)Yoga for Blood Circulation :

This is another parameter where yoga gives a lot of importance. It helps you from fatigue, dizziness, and sudden fall of blood pressure. Blood circulation can be improved by simply standing with arms stretched upwards, called mountain pose or Tadasana. However, some better poses are Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog pose) and Trikonasana (triangle pose).

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog pose)
Trikonasana (triangle pose)

4)Yoga for Body Balance :

We may think how our body balance is helpful, but this is one of the most vital parameters that make us walk, prevent us from falling, and achieve a quick reaction time. Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, which is raising one leg sideways and holding the toe with one hand, is a good example in this regard. Postures that primarily focus on body balance are Vrikshasana (tree pose) and Garudasana (eagle pose).

Vrikshasana (tree pose)
Garudasana (eagle pose)

5)Yoga for Core Strength :

Yoga believes in being more robust from the inside, not just showing muscles on the outside. That is why we have many core exercises that form a part of yoga. Surya Namaskar is one of the best routines to be followed that has a number of advantages including engaging the core. Individual core engaging yoga exercises are Phalakasana (plank pose) and Utkatasana (chair pose).

Phalakasana (plank pose)
Utkatasana (chair pose)

6)Yoga for Flexibility :

Increasing flexibility has many health benefits like less muscle tension, greater range of motion, a lower risk of injuries, and better posture. Yoga is one of the safest and most effective ways of getting flexible. However, yoga stresses that our body takes time to learn, and we must not hurt ourselves while performing yoga. Parsvottanasana, a simple forward bending exercise, may be an excellent choice, to begin with. Two good asanas for improving flexibility are Anjaneyasana (low lunge) and Dhanurasana (bow pose).

Anjaneyasana (low lunge)
Dhanurasana (bow pose)

7)Yoga for Back Stability :

It is always said that prevention is better than cure. These categories of exercises may help you not only to get rid of back pain but may also prevent back pain from coming back. Chakravakasana or cat-cow stretch may be a simple option to try at first, while Matsyendrasana (seated twist) or Salabhasana (locust pose) are advanced choices to stabilize the back, correct posture, and remove back pains, if any.

Matsyendrasana (seated twist)
Salabhasana (locust pose)

So which one of these is your favorite form of exercise or yoga. Did yoga change your lifestyle in some way? You may share your experience in the comment section below.

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Written by – Himadri Paul

RISING TREND OF AQUA FITNESS

The fitness world sees a constant stream of innovative new disciplines that promise to combine physical exercise with fun. Some immediately fade into obscurity or become only short-lived fads, while others gain more attraction and become permanent. A few old aqua fitness favourites are still going strong, like water aerobics and aqua spinning, but there are some more recent trends worth looking into as well.

 Aqua yoga– imagine burning all those calories along with all the benefits of those yoga moves without shedding a drop of sweat. Like its terrestrial counterpart, aqua yoga is excellent for building strength, flexibility and body awareness. With its specific focus on relaxation and concentration, aqua yoga wouldn’t generally be categorized as particularly fun, per se, but it can be deeply satisfying.

 Aqua Pilates-Like aqua yoga, aqua Pilates is a mindful movement discipline that provides primarily strength and flexibility benefits rather than calorie burning. Aqua Pilates has a stronger focus on the body’s core muscles.

Aqua Zumba-If you love dancing, Aqua Zumba could be for you. Fun music and a good instructor can almost make you forget that you’re in an exercise class—but you’ll still burn 500 to 600 calories per session. There are, of course, a dozen more exercises you can carry out for burning those extra pounds. Yet again, this wonderful liquid doesn’t fail to impress us with the so many versatile ways to use it. This hydro-regime sure has a long way to go as it is the perfect balance of fun and fitness.

Written by – Radhika Ahuja

What is Real Feminism?

Feminism is the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, also known as ~gender equality~. It is a simple notion that women are people, and they are equal. It isn’t asking for anything but equal rights and opportunities. However, more often than not, its meaning gets manipulated by male chauvinists to indicate that it’s a moment meant to demean men, which is so not the case.

In no way does it mean that we hate our men. Men of quality support equality. Both conscious and unconscious gender bias is rampant within us, and to get rid of it, we need to come to terms with the fact that we are the problem, but we are the solution.

Thousands believe in equal rights but find “feminism” a word and a movement that doesn’t align with their personal believes or values. May I ask them why is that? Don’t we have a word for everything in this world? In what way could a word that is just conveying its meaning be offending to someone? You believe in equality but not in feminism is a catastrophe because they aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s common sense. It just asks women to be placed on the same level as men, neither higher nor lower, and get the same treatment in both positive and negative situations.

It strives to shine a light on the deep-rooted patriarchy and misogyny embedded in our society and provides ways to fix it. It is essential that your feminism is intersectional and doesn’t exclude people based on their religion, race, and socio-economic status. It needs to be for everyone and not categorically for the people you like or dislike. A big part of feminism is letting women do whatever the hell they want to. This includes supporting them when they want to become the president and supporting them when they don’t want to work and stay home. Personally, it means not giving the reigns of my life to a male simply because I’m a woman and he’s a man; To get disrespected and not have my opinion heard because of my gender; to not have a seat at the table because of my gender. All of this doesn’t make any sense, especially in the 21st century, because any given woman possesses as much power and potential as any man does. And to that section of people at the back who couldn’t care any less about this because they simply don’t see the discrimination and injustice going around, you must either have buttons for eyes or are simply blinded by the amazing combination of your extreme faux notion and idea of equality on the outside and your inner male superiority complex. Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.

As the glorious Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s rightly said, “When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy, but when women are oppressed, its tradition”. And in my humble opinion dumping that tradition out of the park is exactly what feminism is about.

Written by – Radhika Ahuja

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