Adho Mukha Svanasana – sounds a bit heavy, isn’t it? Well, doing the pose is not as difficult as pronouncing its name. The asana is called the Downward Facing Dog Pose as it resembles a dog bending forward. This beginner level Ashtanga Yoga asana needs to be practiced in the morning on an empty stomach. Hold the pose for about 1-3 minutes.
Benefits: Adho Mukha Svanasana improves blood circulation, enabling fresh blood to flow into your head. It compresses the abdominal muscles and improves digestion. It stretches your neck and spine, thus releasing stress. The asana also relaxes your mind and calms it.
Uttanasana, also called the Standing Forward Bend Pose, rejuvenates your body and lifts your spirits. This intermediate level Hatha Yoga pose needs to be held for at least 15-30 seconds. Practice it in the morning when your stomach is empty, or if it is not possible, shift to the evening, but only after a gap of 4-6 hours since your last meal.
Benefits: Uttanasana adds a rush of energy to the cells in your head. It helps quieten your buzzing mind and keeps splitting headaches and sleepless nights at bay. The digestive organs are massaged well, which solves constipation issues.
Vajrasana, also called the Thunderbolt Pose, has another name, – Diamond Pose – which comes from the belief that pranayama done in Vajrasana position makes the human body as strong as a diamond. Vajrasana is one of the few poses that is beneficial when done post a meal. This beginner level Vinyasa style yoga asana needs to be done for 5-10 minutes at least.
Benefits: With regular practice, Vajrasana eliminates constipation. It brings stability to the mind, reduces obesity, and relieves stress in the back. The pose also cures stomach disorders, improves blood circulation, and strengthens muscles.