Yoga has been an integral part of Indian philosophy and culture. It not only helps in stretching your body but also assists in relaxing your mind. It relieves you of stress and anxiety of the day. Regular practice of yoga can help you in achieving a healthy and cheerful lifestyle.
Yoga has time and again proven to be the best form of workout for people, especially women. Yoga also helps in battling and preventing health problems like PCOS, Thyroid, Spondylitis, etc. Yoga helps your body in releasing a chemical called endorphins which improves your mood and relieves stress.
Following are 7 Yoga postures that every bride-to-be should perform to achieve a healthy body and mind.
- Warrior Pose (Virbhadrasana)
Virabhadrasana is one of the easiest asanas to perform but it has many benefits. This posture helps in stretching the whole body and in improving the flexibility of the body. It strengthens the arms, legs, hips, and shoulders and energizes the whole body. Performing this also improves your concentration and stability
How to perform: Stand straight with feet a meter apart and hands on your side. Now, turn your left feet to the left and raise your arms to shoulder level. Bend your left knee facing forward. the other leg should be straight. Hold for 30 seconds and then perform the same pose from the right side.
- Child’s Pose (Balasana)
This pose resembles a sleeping child and helps in relaxing your body. It reduces stress, dizziness, blood circulation, and insomnia. It also helps in losing belly and thigh fat. This asana will also calm your mind and help in battling the wedding stress.
How to perform: Sit on your knees in Vajrasana. Then, take a deep breath and raise your hands. Exhale and bend forward by touching your forehead to the floor and hands in front of you. Hold for 30 seconds and then get up.
- Downward-facing Dog (Adho- Mukha Svanasana)
This asana helps in balancing and stretching the whole body. This posture tones your hands, arms, legs, and shoulders. Performing this asana regularly will improve your posture.
How to perform: Firstly, make a table-like position by sitting on all fours. Now, slowly straighten your legs by raising your hips and back. Make an inverted V with your body. Make sure that your heels and palms are flat on the floor. Take deep breaths and stay in this position for a few seconds.
- Cat-Cow Pose (Chakravakasana)
This is an important pose as it helps in stretching the spinal cord and backbone of your body. It relieves back pain and also relaxes the body. This asana is essential for maintaining spinal health and improving posture.
How to perform: Begin by getting on your hands and knees. Your hands should be in alignment with your legs and knees. Now inhale and arch your back by making a cow pose. Your back should make the shape of the letter U and look up. Then exhale and come in a cat pose where your belly and back will make an inverted U and look down at your navel. Repeat this 4-5 times.
- Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)
This posture requires balance and concentration. It helps in stretching and strengthening arms and legs. It also improves your focus and helps in grounding yourself. It helps in relieving sciatica pain as well.
How to perform: Stand straight with hands on your side. Bend your left knee and place the foot on your right thigh. Balance yourself. Now raise your hands and join your palms in the form of a Namaste. Hold the posture for some time. Then repeat the process with the right leg as well.
- Bridge Pose (Setu Bandh Asana)
This asana helps with hormonal imbalance and thyroid problems. It also soothes menstrual cramps. It is helpful for people struggling with asthma, osteoporosis, and hypertension. It strengthens the back muscles, neck, and shoulders.
How to perform: Lie on your back with your feet a meter apart. Now, fold your knees and lift your pelvis. Slowly raise your back, hips, and thighs and make an incline. Make sure that your neck and shoulder should remain flat on the ground. Your feet and palm should be firmly planted on the ground.
- Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Cobra Posture helps in toning the abdomen and forearms. It is beneficial for hormonal imbalance, asthma, and blood circulation. It reduces stress and anxiety as well.
How to perform: Lie on your stomach with toes on the ground. Now place your arms parallel to your shoulders. Take a deep breath and slowly raise your upper body. Lift your shoulder, neck, and chest with your abdomen placed firmly on the floor. Exhale and stay in the position for some time. Relax and repeat the posture a few times.
The above asanas are some of the most beneficial postures for the bride-to-be who is constantly stressed and wants to look her best for her wedding. These poses will not only help you in getting fit, improve your mental health and assist you in becoming the best version of yourself.