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Yoga for balance of the mind and body

Bharat Thakur guides you through practices and wisdom of this ancient science of exercising

  • By Bharat Thakur
  • Published: 11:07 April 30, 2013
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  • Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News
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The perfect ingredients for a balanced life are awareness, gratefulness, simplicity and patience.

Yoga says being aware is the first step to balance. Deriving from our past and planning the future are important, but the most important is living in the present.

In yoga, we believe that life is like a prayer and gratitude is essential. Appreciating what life has to offer and allowing yourself to experience new things is life. And it is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. Gratitude brings peace of mind and happiness.

Simplicity helps us create a perfect life balance. The more we complicate the equation of life, the tougher it becomes to balance it.

Finally, patience. Postures in yoga are designed to teach you patience. Sthira sukam asanam, means stability and wellbeing in a posture. To be stable you need patience. Using these ingredients, let us bring out the best flavour in our lives.

Note: Though these postures are easy to do and can be done by all at home, as with all exercise, it’s advisable to consult a doctor before starting them.

Nirlamba sirshasana : the posture means “hands-free or unsupported headstand”

Procedure:

1. Kneel down on the mat with the crown of your head on the mat and your hands by your side.

2. Slowly get your knees off the ground and balance your body for a few seconds.

3. Once you are stable, slowly raise your feet.

4. Finally raise your legs completely and balance your body on your head, with your hands placed on the mat.

5. Hold the posture for 10-30 seconds lowering your feet.

Benefits:

1. This posture improves focus and concentration, thus improving the balance of body and mind.

2. It reduces the number of thoughts bringing mental peace.

3. Cleans the head and face region, removing blockages.

4. Improves confidence and self-esteem.

Caution:

This is an advance yoga posture and needs professional guidance. People suffering from high blood pressure, excess weight, and cervical problems should avoid this posture.

For more information call 800-YOGA(9642) or visit artisticyoga.com

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