Yoga is much more than physical exercise; it is the union of the mind, body and soul. This 5000-year-old wisdom has made an international come back with its proven and much-researched benefits for one’s physical and mental health.
We caught up with yoga teacher Tanvi Mehra, founder of the Tangerine Arts Studio for her 5 go-to-yoga exercises that are great for one’s mental and physical health. Here’s what she had to say…
1. Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Dog)
Tan states that it helps boost self-confidence. Because of the increased blood flow to the top of the body, shoulder stand can help improve brain function and cognition and reduce anxiety and depression. This takes pressure off the heart, which has to work less to get the blood flowing to the brain.
2. Malasana (Garland Pose)
It helps the digestive system and the bowel system, it helps open the hips and spine. This, in turn, helps in promoting the smooth functioning of the body and its systems and helps to open the energy channels. This stretch releases the stress trapped from your head to your toe as you flex.It creates awareness in the body, as the actions are coordinated to ensure no part is being overworked.
3. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
The bow pose wakes up the spine, chest and shoulders and when the spine is alive and awake the energy is always flowing. This pose helps keep depression and lethargy at bay. Ancient yoga and modern science conclude that the spinal cord is the most important part of the body strengthening and stretching the spinal cord is a good stress and fatigue buster.
4. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand )
This helps calm headaches, relaxes the mind and helps in circulation. As the flow of blood moves to the head, the brain is nourished. Furthermore, it stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands and normalizes their functions. Research says the irregularities in thyroid functioning often leads to depression, this asana helps counter any irregularities.
5. Balasana (Child’s pose)
It relaxes the muscles, cools down mind and body and relieves stress and fatigue. This pose reminds us that resting is good! This pose requires you to pause and recharge your batteries.
Yoga holds tangible benefits for emotional and psychological complaints. It allows us to step back, focus on ourselves, the needs of our body and mind and then take care of ourselves.
Tanvi Mehra is a dynamic Yoga teacher and Founder of Tangerine Arts Studio, she has inspired many to make yoga a part of their daily routine, thereby creating space for them to work towards physical and mental wellbeing.