When you hear the word ‘yoga,' chances are that an image of people twisting in presumably painful poses might pop up in your head. Yes, postures or asanas are an essential part of the teachings of yoga, but they are not all that there is to it.
As the world gears up to celebrate the International Day of Yoga, let us try and unravel the mysteries surrounding this ancient technique.
Yoga is all about linking breath with motion and becoming fully present in mind and body. The practice itself is centered on concentration – focus on the breath, the alignment, and the movement.
Why yoga for professionals
Most of the working population are unaware that their bodies need any such activity. They are mostly very young and have no concerns w.r.t body. We also need to remember that work comes first in the workplace,
So taking time for any activity other than work requires a lot of motivation and pressing concern.
"Yoga does not take the time it saves time!"
Yoga is the preferred health initiative at top companies as it works on body, mind, and breath holistically.
It can be used as a tool to work on:
Body: Less number of sick leaves
Mind: High productivity and less fatigue
Breath: Less stress and anxiety
4 Yoga Poses to Unleash Your Inner Goddess
Practicing yoga presents a unique opportunity to garner inner and outer strength, courage, and willpower through powerful poses and mindfulness. As we practice yoga, we can call upon that goddess attitude within us to help sustain the posture and provide a sweet feeling on the inside. Here are a few postures that can genuinenly evoke the grace of your own inner goddess or warrior.
1. Goddess Pose
This is a wide-legged squat that ideally has the legs at 90-degree angles. The hips remain at the height of the knees, not dropping lower, with the external rotation of the legs working to hold the torso in place. Full of strength from the leg muscles and lower abdominals, imagine that your body is beautifully rising up and out of the power of the legs.
2. Wild Thing
This posture is such a full expression of expansion and joy. From Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana), let the top foot come behind you onto the floor. Bend that knee, making a right angle, and lift the heel so that you press firmly into the floor with the ball of your foot, just like a high heel.
Then lift the hips high and turn the top arm so that the armpit is facing your ear, arm extended past the crown of the head. Imagine the wind sweeping through a flowing gown as you gracefully expand from the inside out.
3. Dancer Pose
While Nataraj, the deity honored in this pose, is male, the pose does bring out the feminine quality through the beauty of balance and expansion. The standing leg is dominant to hold the backbend, and the ease and effort are expressed through the lifting of the chest. Imagine that you are dancing to celebrate life in all its forms, lifting your heart to the heavens.
4. Mermaid Pose
This variation turns the upper body to the side and has the arms clasped behind the head, back foot resting in the inner elbow of the lower limb, head leaning upon the upper arm. There are a backbend, a lateral stretch, and a curve to the side, flirting with life’s possibilities. Imagine that you are a curvy, delicious being as your hips face forward and the upper body turns to one side.
You don’t have to have a fantastic yoga practice nor a toned body to feel like a goddess. Goddesses make things happen, and they know how to remain still through a storm. Once you tap into these feelings from the poses, keep them with you as you strut your fabulousness off the mat and into your life.