Asanas and relaxation techniques
Asanas must be practiced on a mat with an empty stomach to get proper benefits. Around the time of sunrise and sunset are the best times to do yoga. ‘Asana’ is the one of the limb/anga of the atanga yoga. Asana or physical pose must be done in a natural and Effortless way to attain steady and comfort. There is a sequence to practice yoga asanas.
- Standing postures
- Sitting postures
- Supine postures
- Prone postures
There are many standing postures including bending to forward, sideward and backward etcetera. Every practice must be done slowly with breathing. Sequence for some of the asanas to follow...
- Ardhakati chakrasana
- Ardha chakrasana
- Pada hastasana
- Parivritta trikonasana
- Parsva konasana
Some of the sitting posture resembles animals, birds, objects etcetera. Sitting posture is so relaxed and stretches most of the muscles and stimulates the function of organs in our body.
- Ardha matsyendrasana
Laying on our back and practicing some of the asanas which resemble any object or living thing will stretch our body and tone the muscles. Improves the function of abdominal organs.
- Pawana muktasana
- Ardha shirshasana
Asanas which we perform laying on our abdomen. Prone postures will help in stimulating many of the organs and strengthen the muscles.
Relaxation techniques are best practices to reduce the stress of the mental and physical body. After the practice of various series of asanas we need to relax our body and mind with any of the following relaxation techniques.
The practices include IRT (instant relaxation technique) QRT (quick relaxation technique) and DRT (deep relaxation techniques).
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