‘Balasana’ – the stress relieving Yoga pose

Stress and anxiety are part and parcel of the fast-paced world we live in. Studies show even something trivial like driving or buying groceries or bargaining at a flea market leaves one stressed if done regularly. The stress over a period of time can adversely affect the immune system besides other repercussions like depression.

The Indian Ministry of AYUSH, as part of its three-month long ‘Ayush for Immunity’ campaign, exhorts citizens to regularly practice Yoga to lift one’s spirit and relieve stress.

“Reducing stress can lead to fewer health issues as it enhances immunity. Practicing Yogasana daily can help reduce stress and improve immunity, … (thereby) protecting us from various diseases and ailments,” the ministry said in its Twitter handle.

It suggests Yoga poses like ‘Balasana’ to relieve stress and fatigue and to help increase blood circulation.

‘Balasana’ (child pose)  -- Kneel on the floor with your toes together and your knees hip-width apart. Rest your palms on top of your thighs. On an exhalation, lower your torso between your knees. Extend your arms alongside your torso with your palms facing down. Relax your shoulders towards the ground. Rest in the pose for as long as needed.

Similarly, practicing Trikonasana’(triangle pose) daily ensures optimal blood flow to all the organs.

According to experts, the benefits of Yoga are:-

Blood circulation: Regular yoga practice regulates blood flow, which will prevent clotting or thickening of blood. Patients suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure or hemorrhages are usually advised to practice Yoga.

Organ functionality: Yoga practice ensures the seamless functioning of body organs of the body. Major organs like lungs, heart, kidney, stomach are exercised by yoga practice. The minor wear and tear are repaired through regular practice.

Cures energy deficiency: Yoga boosts metabolism and ensures that the food consumed is broken down thoroughly and absorbed completely to give out energy. People who tire easily or have a low metabolism, feel energized and refreshed after Yoga workout.

Mental health: Stress, anxiety, depression are all lowered or removed through regular Yoga practice. Deep breathing, meditation and stretching poses assure the body is relaxed and ready to remove the negative energy and thoughts that weigh a person down.

Sleep disorders: People relying on antidepressants or sleeping pills can get relief through regular Yoga practice. Yoga releases hormones that calms and relaxes the body and the mind. As a result, the individual finds it easier to fall asleep  and no longer requires medication.

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