Why spend loads of money in gym and surrender to dieting when you can easily lose weight by performing simple asanas. All it requires is few minutes in the morning and if possible in the evening. One of the perks of doing these asanas is that besides maintaining our figure it also makes us active and enthusiastic.
Surya Namaskar is one such physical activity which can solely make you stay in shape and bring serenity. Besides keeping our body fit and active, it is also a good way of showing gratitude towards the sun. It is performed in 2 sets, each set has 12 postures to follow.
a)Pranamasana: Join your feet and stand such that equal weight is applied on both the feet. Inhale and while doing so raise your hands, and as you exhale, bring your hands together in prayer position in front of your chest.
b)Hastauttanasana( Raised Arms pose):
As you breathe in, raise your hands and stretch them such that your biceps are beside your ears.
c)Hasta Padasana(Hand to foot pose):
Breathe in and stretch your hands. As you exhale out, bend your hands down and touch the ground.
d)Ashwa Sanchalanasana(Equestrian pose):
Breathe in and push your right feet to the maximum extent to the back such that your knee touches the floor.
e)Dandasana( Stick pose):
As you breathe into push your left leg and raise your body such that the weight is totally on your feet.
Bring your body gently forward and exhale out.Then push your hips such that the weight is on your feet.
h)Adho Mukha Svanasana(Downward Facing Dog pose):
i)Ashwa Sanchalanasana(Equestrian pose):
j)Hastauttanasana(Raised Arms pose):
Adho Mukha Svanasana is also known as a downward facing dog.This asana is very efficient for toning hands and arms.
Posture: Lay your body on a flat surface. Inhale and raise your body upwards with your lower portion facing upwards.
In this posture, your body is supported by your toes and hands. Chaturanga Dandasana or low plank pose is very efficient in toning limbs. Avoid it if you have a hip injury or pain in the back.
Posture: As you breathe in air, raise your body upwards with the support of your hands on your toes.
Avoid this asana if you have pain in your neck or back.It is commonly known as “upward facing dog pose”.It is very efficient for toning and strengthening biceps and triceps.
Posture: Lay down on a flat surface and as you inhale in the air, raise your body upwards and stretch your feet as much as possible. As you do this you will realize that whole of the weight of your body lies in your hands.
5)Ardha Pincha Mayurasana: This is a very simple asana which can be performed by anyone but with caution. As the weight of our body is completely on our hands, it tones our limbs and makes them strong.
Posture: Lay your body on a flat surface and using the support of your lower hand limbs raise your body upwards but keep in mind that our feet should be flat i.e aligned to the ground.