It’s heartening to see that these days lot of people, youngsters even, are practicing yoga – the spiritual, mental and physical practice which finds its origin right here in India. This pure form of exercise is popular not just here, but all over the world people are benefitting from the goodness of yoga. I started practicing yoga when I was a kid and since then I have been hooked to it till now. Apart from physical fitness and mental peace, yoga also helps in getting those sexy curves! Here are a few poses, which will help you maintain those killer curves.
Downward dog yoga pose
I have benefitted a lot thanks to this pose. I came across this pose while watching one of the famous yoga instructor’s video. It helps you to stretch your arms, back, legs and spine. While researching on this pose I got to know there are some great benefits of downward do. It helps to build your bone intensity and gives you great upper body strength. It brings back your lost energy.
Method: Keep your hands and feet on the floor and make sure your back end is pointed up so that the body is in an upside-down position.
Push ups, dolphin pose or plank pose is really good exercise to work on your core. Four to five holding positions of dolphin pose work wonders and lead to stronger arms, flat stomach and lean legs. Incorporate this in your yoga routine while doing your daily surya namaskar poses or power yoga.
Method: Forearms balance is a key while doing this position. Make sure you are comfortable while doing this pose. Start with your hands and knees and balance them well. Your shoulders should be directly over your wrists. Tuck your toes and extend your legs, and walk your feet back until your shoulders, hips, and ankles form a straight line.
This is my favourite pose in yoga. I personally feel it helps to work on my curves. If you need stronger arms and shoulders and a full body stretch, side plank is the best pose. It also improves balance and coordination in your body and mind. It’s not very easy to do side plank unless you can take your weight on one wrist. You can also gauge how much weight you need to lose if you can’t manage your own weight on a wrist. Incorporate side plank in your yoga routine and you will see the difference on your waist line.
Method: Form a plank by slowly lifting your hips up slightly, than shift your entire weight into one hand. While doing this take support of other hand if required as you roll your whole body open to the side. Lift your hips, knees, and ankles vertically on top of each other. Your shoulders, hips and ankles should be in one straight line. Reach your top arm straight up, forming a line from your planted wrist through your top fingers.
Note – It’s always better to do yoga under the guidance of instructor if you are not familiar with the yoga positions.
Smita Diwan a Television Journalist and Communication Specialist with an experience of 10 years in media and leading satellite channels started whatshelikes.in as a digital hub for women in India. Smita specialises in Lifestyle, Home Decor, Health, Food and Product reviews. When she is not working,she is researching or practising yoga! @SmitaDiwan