Juggling different things, a lot many of us suffer from lifestyle-related ailments that include stress and anxiety. It also takes a toll on our physical health. Yoga practitioners have showed us how some of these ailments can be tackled through regular practice.
Showing us how to ward off stress and strengthen the core such that it leads to improvement in one’s flexibility and other allied benefits is none other than actor and fitness enthusiast Malaika Arora.
Seen doing Navasana or boat pose, Arora posted on her Instagram, “Fresh week, fresh beginning. And this week, it’s all about striking the right balance. Whatever you do, balance is the key. Balance between work and life, balance between having fun and taking time off – it’s all about getting the mix right. One of my favourite poses to begin with at @divayoga is Navasana works on your core and building the base for the rest of your workout.”
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Fresh week, fresh beginning. And this week, it’s all about striking the right balance. Whatever you do, balance is the key. Balance between work and life, balance between having fun and taking time off – it’s all about getting the mix right. One of my favourite poses to begin with at @divayoga is Navasana works on your core and building the base for the rest of your workout. #malaikasmondaymotivation #divayoga #divayogastudios #yoga #yogalife #yogainspiration #yogaeverydamnday #mondaymotivation #yogagoals
Taking a cue from her, here is a step-by-step way to perform the asana
1. Sit on a yoga mat with bent knees and heels as close to the hips as possible.
2. Keep your hands two-three inches behind the posterior part of the gut.
3. Lengthen your body from the top of the head to the hips.
4. Slightly lean and lift your feet off the yoga mat.
5. Gently extend the legs in the front and keep the shins parallel to the floor.
6. Stretch the arms outward alongside the legs.
7. To exit the pose, bend the knees and rest the feet on the floor.
Why should you try and include this asana in your everyday routine?
There are myriad of benefits that the posture provides which includes building core strength and stability; aiding in digestion, improving balance, helps to strengthen lower back and sharpen focus. It is considered that the pose helps ward off unwanted thoughts and therefore helps one to de-stress and revive one’s state of mind naturally.
Besides, the pose improves the health of all the abdominal organs, especially the liver and kidneys. A proper functioning of these organs detoxifies the body from toxins and regulates its fluids.
It is also known to enhance blood circulation and also lead to effective weight loss from the stomach area and waist.
What you should be mindful of:
*If you have high blood pressure, always be mindful of keeping the arms raised in line or above the heart for extended periods of time.
*If you have chronic lower back pain, make sure to adjust your legs to relieve pain or pressure until your body is ready to move farther and only perform under guidance.
*If you suffer from severe stomach issues, it is best to avoid this asana or any core-engaging activity.