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10 Yoga Asanas every Bride to be should try for a Healthy Body and a Calm Mind

Posted By Sreeparna Mukharjee

Feb 14, 2020


Yoga incorporates freehand exercises and breathing exercises into activities generally associated with mysticism, such as meditation.

When a woman pictures herself getting married, she obviously imagines herself in her most drop-dead gorgeous and serene avatar. People say that the most important day in a person’s life is the day of their wedding. Therefore obviously, people go to great lengths to ensure that they are in their best shape on their wedding day.

This includes hiring physical instructors, getting enrolled in an expensive gym, taking swimming lessons, jogging, and a lot more options. However, all these efforts to ensure the perfect bridal look would be all for naught if the bride is weighed down by anxiety owing to her responsibilities of making sure everything in the wedding ceremony goes smoothly according to plan, and fatigue or exhaustion from the never-ending activities and rituals that precede the wedding. These challenges are emotionally taxing and can imbue a person with a lot of stress and tension.

Seeing as marriage is perhaps one of the most significant events in one’s life, if not the most, these sentiments and sensations are bound to seep through the then fragile psyche of the bride-to-be. If such predicaments and complications are to plague a bride on the eve of her wedding, it goes without saying that she will in no way be able to devote her full energy to the ceremony, neither will her mind and body be able to perform at their peak.

This is also bound to have a negative impact on the appearance of the bride, as stress and anxiety have a lot of consequences that involve the degradation of the quality of one’s skin. Additionally, the absence of a state of mental well being can result in sleep deprivation, which is the root cause behind the emergence of dark circles under a person’s eyes. 

Considering the gravity of the problem and the fact that the whole issue is brought about by the stress and pressure that a bride is forced to put up with on the occasion of her marriage, it is of utmost importance to look for a mechanism to remedy the said marriage-related stress and pressure. When talking about remedies for stress and anxiety, the first thing that comes to mind would obviously be hiring a professional counselor and going for a couple of sessions of cognitive therapy.

However, this would be an excessively expensive and economically burdensome exercise, and prior to a function so extravagant as a wedding ceremony, investing in sessions of psychotherapy can definitely be an expense sizeable enough to take a toll on the budget fixed for the wedding. On top of that, taking therapy is often a long-term commitment, and while it is important for one’s mental health, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to introduce such a huge change in someone’s life right before they are to be wedded.

The best-case scenario here would be to find a cost-efficient mechanism that can nourish and nurture someone both physically and mentally. This is where Yoga comes in. The ancient art of Yoga was developed and perfected by monks and ascetics over several centuries.

Yoga incorporates freehand exercises and breathing exercises into activities generally associated with mysticism, such as meditation. It has been scientifically proven to immensely improve the physical and mental health of a human being. Given below is a list of some of the more popular and effective Asanas of Yoga that should be practiced by every bride prior to the day of her wedding.

 

Padmasana

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Padmasana is perhaps the most fundamental and significant among all yoga poses. The word Padmasana derives its etymology from the Sanskrit words Padma which means lotus, and Asana which means posture. Therefore, the word Padmasana literally translates to Lotus Position in Sanskrit. The reason behind this nomenclature is that if done correctly, the posture of the Padmasana should visually resemble a lotus.

Steps to perform the Padmasana

1. Sit down on your yoga mat. Both your legs should be spread out in front of you. Make sure legs are stretched and you are sitting upright with your spine straightened.

2. Slowly bend your right knee and place it on your left thigh. Then bend your left knee and place it on your right thigh. The left knee should be positioned on top of the right knee. The soles of your feet should be pointed outward.

3. Curl up your index finger and your thumb and join them in such a way that they resemble a ring-like figure. The rest of the three fingers should be pointed outward. This posture of your hand is called the Gyaan Mudra. Place your hands gently on your knees.

4. Hold this position for a few minutes. Breathe in and breathe out slowly and let your mind be relaxed. Once you are done, switch the position of your legs and repeat the steps.

Benefits of the Padmasana

1. Padmasana will improve the quality of your skin and imbue you with a natural glow.

2. This asana also acts as a remedy for digestive disorders.

 

Sarvangasana

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The word “Sarvangasana” is derived from three Sanskrit words, Sarva which translates to total, Anga which means body in English, and Asana which refers to a yogic posture. Therefore, the word Sarvangasana literally translates to full body yogic posture. It is named as such owing to the fact that this asana requires the activity of the entire body. The Sarvangasana essentially resembles a shoulder stand in western terms.

Steps to perform the Sarvangasana

1. Lie down on your yoga mat, with your back touching the mat. Your posture should be completely erect but not rigid.

2. With support on your hands and elbows, lift your legs slowly. Continue lifting your body as far back as you can. Your back should not touch the ground and the entire body should rest on your shoulders and upper arms. If done properly Sarvangasana should not cause any strain or discomfort to your head and neck.

3. Straighten your back as much as possible. Ideally, your feet and toes should point perpendicularly upwards at the ceiling. Hold this position for fifteen to thirty seconds, breathe in and breathe out naturally.

Benefits of the Sarvangasana

1. Stimulates better blood circulation.

2. It improves the texture of the skin and can act as a remedy for acne and pimples.

 

Dhanurasana

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The word Dhanurasana in Sanskrit means the posture of a bow. As is the case for the Padmasana, the Dhanurasana, if done properly, would resemble the structure of a bow. This asana has to be performed on an empty stomach, otherwise, it can lead to complications pertaining to the digestive system.

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Steps to perform the Dhanurasana

1. Lie down on your yoga mat with your stomach touching the ground. Spread apart your feet and place your arms on either side.

2. Slowly bend your knees and lift your legs. Grab your ankles with your arms gently and hold this position.

3. With a deep breath, lift your chest and your thighs in the air and tighten the grip on your ankles. Pull your legs as hard as you can stretch them. Ideally, your entire body should rest on your stomach and waist.

4. Make sure your posture resembles a rigid bow structure. Slowly breathe in and breathe out.

Benefits of the Dhanurasana

1. This asana improves the quality of the skin.

2. It makes one's body athletic and flexible.

 

Halasana

halasana yoga

The word “Hala” means plow in Sanskrit. Therefore, Halasana literally translates to “the posture of a plow” in English. 

Steps to perform the Halasana

1. Lie down on your back like in the case of the Sarvangasana. Place your arms on either side of your body and make sure your legs are straightened.

2. Take a deep breath and relax your body. Once you are comfortable in your posture, lift your legs into the air. Make sure the movement pulls on your abdominal muscles and tightens up your stomach.

3. Lift up your hips into the air with your arms. Make sure your legs are straight. Next, you will need to bend your legs at a precise angle such that when you point out your toes, they should be aligned perfectly with your head.

4. Slowly lift your back from the yoga mat too. If done properly, the back should be perpendicular to the floor in the Halasana posture. Hold this position for a minute, and concentrate on your breathing.

Benefits of the Halasana

1. The primary use of the Halasana lies in remedying gastric problems. It can ensure better digestion.

 

Pavanamuktasana

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The words Pavana and Mukta in Sanskrit translate to “air” and “free” respectively. Thus, the Pavanamuktasana is the yogic posture that rids the human body of air, a thinly veiled reference to flatulence.

Steps to perform the Pavanamuktasana

1. Lie down on your back with your arms on either side. Bend your knees and make sure your feet are as close to each other as possible. 

2. With a deep breath, lift your knees and bring them towards your chest. Once the knees are close enough to your chest that you can feel your thighs pressing against your abdomen, grab your knees with your arms and maintain this position.

3. Breathe in and breathe out slowly. While you are breathing in, loosen your grip on your knees. Tighten your grip on your knees when you breathe out. Hold this posture for a few seconds.

Benefits of the Pavanamuktasana

1. This wind relieving yoga pose acts as an effective remedy for constipation.

 

Ustrasana

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Ustrasana literally translates to the posture of the camel.

Steps to perform the Ustrasana

1. Kneel down on the yoga mat in such a way that the soles of your legs point skyward. Make sure your body is upright and erect, ideally your shoulder and your knees should fall into one straight line. 

2. With a deep breath, curl up your upper torso. Bend backward to form an arch with your arms touching your legs for support. Make sure the arms are straightened. Ideally, there should not be any discomfort in the neck or shoulder region. Hold this posture for thirty seconds to one minute.

Benefits of the Ustrasana

1. The Ustrasana can play a very crucial role in maintaining the hormonal balance in the human body.

 

Makarasana

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The Makarasana is the yogic pose of the crocodile. It is a relaxing asana and it is usually performed at the end of a yoga session to cool the body. It is imperative that the Makarasana be performed on an empty stomach.

Steps to perform the Makarasana

1. Lie down with your abdomen touching the yoga mat. Stretch apart your arms and rest your elbows on the floor. Bend your arms in such a way that your fingers point towards the ceiling.

2. Slowly lift your head and shoulders in the air. Try to make sure there is no movement of your neck. Look straight and rest your chins between your palms.

3. Stretch out your legs with your toes pointing outwards and your soles facing the ceiling. 

4. Breathe normally and hold the position until your body feels completely relaxed.

Benefits of the Makarasana

1. The Makarasana is a relaxing asana which cools down the body and relieves stress and strain.

2. It can also work wonders for people suffering from back and shoulder problems.

 

Bhujangasana

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The word Bhujangasana means the yogic pose of the Cobra in Sanskrit. As evident by the name, it is one of the more sophisticated yogic asanas.

Steps to perform the Bhujangasana

1. Like in the Makarasana, the first step here is to lie down on your stomach, fold your arms and rest your elbows on the ground, lift up your head and shoulders and place your chin in between your palms.

2. Once you are in the Makarasana position, stretch your arms outwards and place your forehead on the yoga mat. Make sure your legs are joined together.

3. Fold your elbows and rest your arms on the ground on either side of your chest. With a deep breath, lift up your upper torso. The support should be concentrated on your palms. If the Bhujangasan is done properly, the elbows and the torso should fall into one straight line. Also, ideally, there should not be any pressure on your waist.

Benefits of the Bhujangasana

1. Rids the body of harmful toxins.

2. Relieves the body of fatigue and tension.

 

 

Adho Mukha Shvasana

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The Adho Mukha Shvasana would translate into English as the yogic posture of the Downward facing dog.

Steps to perform the Adho Mukha Shvasana

1. Stand on your four limbs on your yoga mat. Your body should resemble the structure of a table at this stage.

2. Lift up your waist skyward. Ideally, your posture should resemble an inverted V. Make sure your arms and legs are straightened.

3. Move your head between your arms and maintain this posture for a few seconds. When you are done, return to the previous table-like pose.

Benefits of the Adho Mukha Shvasana

1. It stimulates the supply of nutrients and circulation in the bloodstream.

 

Shavasana

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The Shavasana is the posture of the corpse. It is the most popular yogic posture for relaxation. 

Steps to perform the Shavasana

1. Lie down on your back. Spread out your limbs in a comfortable manner.

2. Take deep breaths and let your mind and body be relaxed. Close your eyelids, but don’t fall asleep.

Benefits of the Shavasana

1. The Shavasana frees the body of exhaustion and pain and cools down one’s mind.

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