Full of ups and downs, struggles and tussles, complications and confusions….Life isn’t so easy, right? Suffering, failure, pain, loneliness, sorrow, disappointment, a lot of curveballs come along the journey of life. Financial loss, heart breaks, losing people close to us, job firing and so many more number of unpredictable things may happen , that could make us feel crabby, lost and clueless. Nothing lasts forever, neither happiness nor sorrow. Now if you wonder if there is any mantra to stay happy at the core, to be internally calm and content ? Yes..it is possible!
There is a natural drug that will make you feel happy, cheerful, and bright right from the moment you are awake and that is- Yoga! It is one of the most effective artforms that lifts the spirit, elevates the mood, and leaves you with a smile on the face.
Happiness is not something that can be gained from an external source and stored within forever; rather it comes from within. By cultivating innate joy, yoga encourages a person to blossom into every aspect of life. The hard life imprisons us and confines us in the boundaries of responsibilities. Yoga is a sacred adventure that allows us to be carefree and provides a sense of joy and freedom.
The practice of physical exercises combined with breathing techniques brings too many mental and physical benefits. From curing physical ailments like chronic pain, cardiovascular diseases, asthma, lymphoma to mental health problems such as insomnia, fatigue, depression, anxiety, stress, schizophrenia and more, yoga techniques offer numerous benefits. Also, when it becomes a part of the lifestyle, it transforms your personality by increasing positivity, self-esteem, contentment and reducing negativities in life.
Whether you are down after a betrayal, need the motivation to leap out of bed to head for the workplace or just feeling a little low emotionally, yoga can help you get back on the right track. With yoga techniques, you can find the lost charm and happiness in life. Here are some playful yoga techniques that help beat the blues and create a happy you:
Come on your hands and knees in a table-top position. Ensure your knees are under the hips and palms under the shoulders. Inhale and lift your tailbone and chest upward and bring the belly towards the floor. Turn your gaze towards the sky. Exhale and come back to the starting state. Repeat for 5-10 times.
Kneel on the mat. Keep feet flat on the floor. Put your pelvis on the knees, lower down your tailbone and lift your belly. Put your hands on the hips. Open your chest by leaning back. Grab your heels. Relax for a couple of breaths. Slowly come back to the original state.
Warrior Pose II:
Stand with your feet parallel to each other and one leg-length apart. Turn your right foot 90 degree and left one slightly, so that left heel is in a straight line with the arch of right foot. Bring down your left thigh to the floor. Put the torso over the pelvis. Spread your arms parallel to the floor and gaze at your fingertips. Repeat on the other side.
Stand on the feet with one leg’s distance. Keep them parallel to each other. Bring your heels in and toes out and ensure that your knees are in the same direction as your toes. Lower your pelvis into a neutral position and bend your knees. Lift your arms at shoulder height with elbows slightly bent and palms in the upward direction.
Simple Spinal Twist Pose:
Lie on the back and bring both the knees to the chest. Drop both the knees to the right side and open your arms widely. Elongate your lower back and bring down the left shoulder. Turn your head to the left slightly. Repeat on the other side.
Reclined Bound Angle Pose:
Start on the back, bend your knees wide and keep the soles of the feet together. Bring your heels close to your pelvis as much as you can. Lengthen your neck by drawing the shoulder blades a little down. Lift your chest and spread your arms wide with palms facing the sky.
Life is too short. Don’t wait, enjoy every day to its fullest with the wonderful yoga techniques!