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3 Ways Yoga helped me change my Thinking

A lot of people think Yoga is a waste of time or that it doesn’t have any benefits apart from the physical ones. But yoga isn’t all about staying fit and healthy, yoga helps you with facing various adversities in your life and brings a peace and calmness which was previously lacking. But how could yoga be so life-changing you ask?

Here are 3 ways which will help you understand how yoga can be one of the most motivational things in your life, altering your life forever:

I Found inner peace

Yes, as clichéd at it sounds yoga has proven to be the best tool to rein in your over complicated mind and release you from all the drama which is ruining your whole outlook on life. People are messy and tend to overthink about some basic stuff and as a result, some of the simplest situations prove too demanding for us and we end up losing our peaceful nights over it.

Yoga helps you in regaining your peace and serenity. When you are just focused on your breathing and cut off from your outer surroundings, you realize you have been chasing the wrong solutions in your life. You understand that your current situation isn’t really hard, you are being bothered by it without any reason. Hence you gain back your calmness and find peace with your situation.

Next time if you are worried about an assignment deadline or exams coming up or break up problem, just take up yoga for some time and you will notice that you are now in peace with these situations, you aren’t going to let them overcome you.

I started Living in the present

A lot of us have the habit of either living in the past or the future, we ignore the present and hence regret it in the future, thus entering into a form of loop.

Yoga teaches you how to keep your mind in the present and not waste time on things that have already happened and things which might happen. It’s the present which is important and you learn just that with the help of yoga.

Yoga makes you aware of your present and makes you ask questions like “Is this going to still bother me after 5 minutes?” and if your answer is a No, you realize that there is no reason to waste time on feeling anxious or angry about it. Yoga is all about the present, probably one of the most important lessons we need to learn in life.

I Gave back to others

It’s easier than it sounds once you are at peace with yourself. Once you have understood the importance of living in the present and attaining that Zen state of mind, you find you have more time to help others and give back what you were given from nature.

Yoga helps you assess your current situation and realize it’s not that bad and once you find that you have time on your hand which doesn’t involve worrying about useless details anymore, you decide to utilize your time to the fullest and help others to reach this same state of mind which is proving to be helpful to you.

So, yet again yoga helps in making you a more empathetic and sympathetic person who thinks it is good and fulfilling to give back.

5 Yoga Poses to shed the extra Pounds

Although yoga is known as one of the most effective stress buster, it can also help you in gaining balance and reducing weight. Surprised? A lot of actors and actresses perform yoga to keep their body fit and prevent themselves from gaining any extra weight. Want to try it out for yourself?

Here are 5 yoga poses which will help you in reducing that extra body fat which we all know is just lying around there:

Dhanurasana

One of the most effective poses in a weight loss program, this pose helps in reducing all that belly fat as it gives maximum stretch to your body. But not only weight loss, this pose also helps with backache, diabetes and other issues you’d commonly face.

How it’s done: With your face facing the floor and your legs stretched out, take a few deep breaths before you get going. Now inhale slowly and begin bending your legs backwards so you can hold your ankles with both your hands. Hold for as long as possible and then while you’re exhaling get back to your original position. Repeat this cycle for 4-5 times daily. Check out video guide below for more details.

 

 

Bhujangsana

Also famous as the Cobra pose, this pose is an important one for losing belly fat. Apart from that relieving back aches, acting like a stress buster, enhancing digestion, etc. are other issues it solves It also prevents women from many gynecological problems and is found to be beneficial in case of a slipped disk and thyroid problems.

How it’s done: Lay on your stomach with your face towards the floor and your legs and feet stretched and close to each other. Position your arms in line with your shoulder on each side and rest your head on the floor. Inhale and lift your head and chest from the ground while looking at the roof. Hold this position as long as possible. Take deep breaths. Then while exhaling, bring your head back to the ground. Repeat this for a few times.

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Halasana

Plough pose is good for reducing tummy fat and known to help with thyroid problems, diabetes, piles, constipation and dyspepsia. It also provides flexibility to your spine and helps strengthen the back muscles.

How it’s done: Lie on your back with your legs joined together and your palms fixed to the floor. Take in normal breaths. Then slowly raise your legs straight up and lift your buttocks rolling backwards away from the floor. Bring your legs close to your head while touching the floor with your toes. Your arms should be pressed down on the floor and behind your back. Maintain this position for as long as comfortable and then slowly get back to your initial position.

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Chakrasana

Also known as the wheel pose, it proves to be beneficial for attaining slim waist while providing flexibility to the vertebral column. It is known to be good for asthmatic patients and persons suffering from respiratory problems.

How it’s done: Lie down with a flat back and bend your knees while maintaining a slight gap between your legs. Keep your palms above your shoulders next your head. Inhale and raise your body according to your comfort. Slowly drop your head and try to make your legs and arms as straight as possible. Hold this position for as long as possible and take deep breaths. While exhaling, bring your body down.

 

 

Padahastasana

This arm legs pose helps in controlling your obesity and relieving constipation. It also helps in reducing blood pressure and beneficial for heart issues.

How it’s done: Stand straight with joined legs and inhale while stretching your hands above your shoulder. Exhale and bend down and try to touch your ankles with your hands while your nose is touching your knees. Hold this position for some time and then while inhaling, go back to your initial position.

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