Loading...

Follow Yoga Central on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook
or

Valid

Yoga is a part of the Indian heritage and India has been the pioneer in introducing it to the world. Government of India officials have begun efforts to promote it nationally and internationally, making plans for a broad expansion of the wellness practice into all facets of civic life. India now has a Yoga Minister, and the government is leaving no stone unturned to help Yoga reach the masses.

Adoption of 21st June, as the International Day of Yoga

June 21st, the day of Summer Solstice, was declared as the International Day of Yoga on December 11 in 2015, by United Nations General Assembly after Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi proposed it.

Some initiatives taken by the Government of India
  • The Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) an autonomous organization under Ministry of AYUSH, has opened 08 Yoga OPDs in Government hospitals of Delhi and Haryana.
  • Financial assistance is extended to State Governments and other reputed NGOs for conducting National/ International seminars to promote Yoga.
  • Yoga Training has been initiated for Police Personnel & the Defense Wing Staff.
  • The Ministry deputes Yoga experts to participate in fairs/ workshops organized by the Ministry of Tourism abroad for Yoga demonstration and lectures.
  • Yoga Education is made compulsory in schools, as a part of the curriculum.
  • In his 2015 Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had declared all Yoga related businesses as charitable activities exempt from tax.
Government of India goes visa-way to promote yoga

The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to allow foreigners to visit India on a tourist or e-tourist visa for ‘attending a short-term yoga programme’.

‘Celebrating Yoga’ mobile app

A mobile app ‘Celebrating Yoga’, has been launched to popularize Yoga and encourage people to participate in it.

Inclusion of Yoga in National Health Policy 2017

In order to leverage a proper health care legacy, the National Health Policy 2017 recommended introduction of Yoga in school and at work places as part of promotion of good health.

Promote Tourism through Yoga

Actions are also being aligned to revive and promote yoga and Ayurveda amid millennials. This will then tell people on domestic and foreign shores what the real essence of India is and thus, give a strong push to tourism.

Readying a trained Yoga Army to meet global ‘demand’

The government of India aims at producing more Yoga professionals, who have to complete a comprehensive Certification course. The trainers are certified by a committee headed by Art of Living founder, Sri Sri Ravishankar. Yoga teachers have been deployed abroad, attached to Indian embassies at 19 missions and consulates, from Mexico to Kuala Lumpur and Moscow to Male. Yoga trainers applying for overseas jobs at Indian missions receive a few perks too – a two-year stint abroad with expenses of a one-bedroom accommodation borne by the government.

“Yoga is not an Indian (thing). If you want to call yoga Indian, then you must call gravity European. The very fact that the UN has declared it as International Yoga Day means India has gifted it (Yoga) to the world,” renowned spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said.

The Indian government’s efforts for promoting the ancient discipline has brought Yoga additional international recognition.

The post Government of India Initiatives to Promote Yoga appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

The body’s core is the torso, consisting primarily of the abdominal and back muscles. A strong and stable body core is very important. Not only does core strength give the body greater stability and better balance, it helps protect the body’s internal organs. This is important not just for sportspersons and athletes, but also for you and me as we go about our daily activities – standing for longer periods, lifting things, performing tasks that require stamina and so on.

Experts also recommend building core strength to try and reduce chances of back pain and other injuries. I find that a stronger core also means a flatter stomach; something that many of my students seem to desire!

How yoga builds core strength

Many yoga aasans that function as core exercises are those that engage and workout the abs, back muscles, hips and pelvis. In fact, yoga is core-centric and helps to lengthen and strengthen the muscles and stabilize the body. Yoga helps us become more aware of our bodies as they occupy space. This awareness makes us more conscious of our posture; making us sit erect, stand with our shoulders back, our spine straight and our necks properly positioned.

Yoga also helps in building core strength when you perform your yoga aasans in the correct manner with the limbs in the right position and while breathing correctly. Holding positions for longer will also strengthen the core. Unlike weight lifting, which tends to bulk up and build bigger muscles, yoga builds lean muscle which hugs the bones and defines the body. This lean muscle retains flexibility and also helps to strengthen the core in a way that big biceps or bulging thighs may not be able to.

Yoga poses to help build the core

It does not have to take too long; about 10 or 15 minutes of your yoga routine can be devoted to strengthening your core. The aasans that specifically do this are:

Utkatasan – The squat or the chair pose requires you to stretch your arms up over your head and to bend the legs at the knees with the thighs parallel to the ground; rather as if you were sitting on an imaginary chair.

Naukasan – or the boat pose requires you to sit on your yoga mat with the torso and the legs making a V shape, with the toes pointing upward and the hands stretched out on either side of the knees. Modify this pose slightly to bend he knees and bring them closer to the torso. Further modify this to assume the low boat position where only the shoulders, head and legs are off the ground while most of the torso and the buttocks are resting on the floor.

Makarasan – or the dolphin pose may seem simple but it is important to assume the correct position while performing this. Your feet are flat on the ground and your elbows rest on the ground while your pelvis is elevated in a way that your whole body forms an A-shape.

Virbhadrasan – The warrior pose requires one leg to be bent at the knee and the other stretched out behind with the hands above the head with the palms joined. Its variation requires one leg to remain on the ground with the other stretched out in the air behind and forming a straight line with the torso; arms stretched out in front.

Urdhamukha Shvanasan – Or upward facing dog pose which rests the pelvis and legs on the ground, the torso curved up with the palms flat on the ground is also great.

Various versions of the plank and the sideways plank are also excellent for the core. You will feel the great workout that your core is getting with each of these. Over time, regularly doing these aasans will help in many ways that you will slowly come to realize!

The post Yoga Poses to Build Core Strength appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

As someone committed to yoga as a vital lifestyle component, every yogi should know about some of the do’s and don’ts of yoga. This helps to avoid any injury or bad experiences and lets you gain the best advantage from your yoga classes in Mumbai or wherever else you may be. In my yoga class I get a lot of questions from my students and I often share some of these yoga rules to live by.

When to practice yoga

It is recommended that you do yoga every day. If this is not possible, do it at least three times a week. The duration of each yoga session could be anywhere up to an hour and a half. It this is not manageable on some days at least devote 20 minutes of the day to your yoga session. While early morning on an empty stomach is supposed to be the best time for yoga, this is sometimes not possible for people. Yoga is beneficial at any time of the day.

Before or after eating?

Empty stomach is best for the practice of yoga. There are no hard and fast rules as such, however experts suggest that yoga is to be avoided for at least three to four hours after a heavy meal and for a couple of hours after a snack. It is also recommended that you wait for about an hour after yoga to have your next meal.

Yoga after a bowel movement

It is best to evacuate the bowels before starting on yoga. If you’re doing yoga in the morning each day, this may require some amount of adjustment to begin with. Many yoga positions help to massage the digestive system and speed up the whole process. So as you start to perform yoga regularly, you will find that your bowel movement becomes regular and you will be able to evacuate your bowels early in the morning without any effort.

Yoga during menstruation

The traditional view is to avoid doing yoga when a woman has her period. However a more modern view is that this is neither practical nor desirable. Some experts simply recommend not doing certain aasans during those days of the month; particularly those that require one to hang or position the body upside down (a precaution to avoid reverse flow of energy and prevent any blockage problems), what we call Inversions. Others actually recommend that certain yoga poses must be done during one’s period because the stretching and other exercises can help relieve some of the discomfort of cramps, bloating and so on. A woman must listen to her body and go light on the intensity if she feels weak or low on energy.

Yoga when you’re ill

The rule of thumb that I tell my students to follow is this: if you’re feeling too ill, skip your yoga session (and see a doctor to rule out anything serious). If you’re feeling well enough, just do what you’re comfortable with. Don’t push yourself. If you feel like doing yoga, you may find that it actually makes you feel better. Some poses are thought to stimulate the immune system. Certain breathing exercises could also help clear the sinuses and nasal passages; actually making you feel less ill than before.

Yoga during pregnancy

Here as well, there tend to be different views: some feel that yoga during pregnancy is a no-no, others feel that some gentle poses will have a positive impact. In my view yoga is fine for pregnant women so long as poses that need one to lie on the stomach, squeeze the stomach and poses that carry a risk of losing balance and falling are avoided. Pregnant women should also take care to remain cool. It is important to avoid getting overheated as this could have a negative impact on the developing baby. Pre-natal yoga is a distinct branch where yoga exercises that are good for the mother and baby are taught and encouraged.

Follow these basic rules of thumb and remember to avoid Instagram yogis and you should be fine!

The post Some Yoga Rules to Follow and Live By appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Sometimes it is difficult to find a yoga class near you; a place that is accessible and convenient with timings that suit you. If you find it difficult to find a yoga class that suits your schedule, lifestyle and fitness level, it is possible to do some basic aasans at home. In a sense you have the opportunity of a yoga class at home if you are strapped for time. So if you don’t have the time for a regular yoga class, here are some aasans that I recommend you do. These will be great for you even if you have just 10 or 15 or 20 minutes:

How to fit some yoga into your daily routine

Since yoga is flexible and low impact, practically anyone, at any age and any fitness level can do it. You can do some yoga first thing when you get up in the morning to give yourself a great start. You can do some poses at your desk when you take a bit of a break from your work. When you come back home from work, just 10 or 15 minutes of yoga can help you feel relaxed and could also help stretch and loosen up muscles that have remained more or less immobile all day. Even a few minutes of yoga can also help you sleep better at night.

Yoga poses to do in a few mintues

Parsva Urdhva Hastasan or the standing side bend pose – You can start by raising the right arm and bending sideways towards the left reaching sideways, and then doing the same with the left arm. Then, standing up straight you raise your arms and join the palms in a Namaste. Then bend sideways first on the right and then on the left for a great full body stretch.

Utkatasan or the chair pose – Here you ‘pretend’ to sit on a chair; but there is no chair. Stretch your arms out and forward as you half squat with your thighs parallel to the floor and calves at right angles to the floor. Hold the position for as long as possible to tone the core muscles of your buttocks and thighs.

Malasan garland or squat pose – To perform this aasan, squat down with your knees wider apart than your torso and the feet as close together as possible. Your torso should fit between your thighs. Pressing your elbows towards your knees, bring your hands together in a Namaste and press the knees into the elbows.

Bhujangasan or the cobra pose requires you to lie on your front and to curve your body upward and off the floor while the legs remain parallel to the ground. Support your torso on your arms while you turn your face up towards the ceiling.

Dhanurasan or the bow pose requires you to lie flat on your stomach and then reaching back with your arms to grab hold of your ankles with your hands. Only your hips and abdomen are resting on the ground with your thighs and your torso off the ground. This is a difficult pose however, so be careful and don’t push your body beyond what you can do comfortably.

Gomukhasana or the cow face pose requires you to sit on the ground with one leg extended in the opposite side and the other leg crossed over the knee. You can however also so this pose seated at your desk at work: extend one arm up and fold it at the elbow to reach down your back. The other arm reaches up to try and clasp the other hand.

Supta Sucirandhrasana or windshield wiper pose needs you to lie on your back with your legs folded at the knees. Twist the body at the waist so that the joined knees touch the ground first on one and then the other side.

Do 20, 15 or just 10 minutes of this yoga class at home each day – see for yourself the difference this can make to your fitness and stress levels and your overall wellbeing!

The post Have Just a Few Minutes a Day? Do These Yoga Aasans appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

I’m currently on a family vacation in Uttarakhand. All my folks wanted to do yoga amidst the hills. While the weather made it difficult to do a yoga session outdoors, we managed a rejuvenating and energizing session indoors, but with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. It was enlivening like nothing else. I must say, there’s no place like the mountains to do yoga. Something about the sight of those monstrous rocks standing against all odds, weathering the elements of nature, upright in their sheer beauty, unrelenting, unforgiving… it makes me just stand there in awe.

I can’t help but remember these famous words by Muhammad Ali: “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

On that note, here are some snapshots from the session…

The post Special Yoga Session for Family in the Hills of Bhimtal – May 25, 2018 appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

I have spoken before about how yoga improves performance of marathon runners and other similar endurance sports. However, it isn’t only marathon runners that benefit from the practice of yoga. Yoga is known to improve one’s performance at practically any sport because of the way in improves flexibility and strength and also because of the way it improves mindfulness and concentration.

Why so many athletes include yoga in their training

Many personal trainers and sports coaches tend to include some amount of yoga in their training regimen. One important benefit of yoga is increased body awareness and a better posture; which athletes benefit from. Yoga poses also act as effective stretching exercises. In addition, yoga helps in the toning of muscles, improves body balance and enhances flexibility. A more flexible body and enhanced range of motion is always desirable for any athlete. Since yoga also incorporates correct breathing techniques, this can result in improved oxygenation of the body and in turn improved athletic performance. Many trainers and athletes also include meditation into their training routines, since it can act as an effective relaxation technique to help lower the stress of participating in competitive sport.

Training for a particular sport may concentrate on specific body parts; as a result core strength may be neglected. One of the most important reasons that many athletes also include yoga in their training regime is that it increases core strength. Further, yoga helps to reduce chances of injury by gently improving joint mobility. Since yoga is effective for collagen fiber and soft tissue rehabilitation, is can also be a useful tool for speeding up the process of healing in the event of injury. The mindfulness that yoga teaches an athlete is also very valuable; particularly for elite sports persons looking to increase self-discipline, focus and mental toughness to take their performance to the next level.

How sportspersons and athletes incorporate yoga in training

American football clubs, cricket teams, rugby players and golfers have now incorporated some form of yoga into their training, as a complement to other forms of exercise. The yoga aasans are meant to help stretch the muscles and ligaments and also to target specific muscle groups in a systematic way, gently and without impact. The conscious deep breathing is thought to steady the mind, help in stress reduction and also help in oxygen uptake. One of the benefits that many athletes note as a result of yoga practice is the enhanced focus and the improved ability to ‘stay in the zone’ during competitions and tough games.

One study examined the impact of a ten-week yoga course for college athletes to see whether it improved and optimized performance. Aspects such as balance, flexibility, shoulder flexibility, stork stand, joint angles, sit-reach and so on were examined. When the group that did yoga was compared with the group that did not do yoga, it was found that the yoga group experienced improved flexibility, joint angles and more. The results led to the conclusion that yoga can in fact enhance sporting ability; that it can have ‘uniquely positive and varied impact on athletic performance’.

The post How Yoga Can Improve Sports Performance appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

The importance of mindfulness is something that the ancient sages had recognized ages ago. The methodologies to achieve this via dhyaan or meditation as well as with the help of yoga and pranayam were laid out thousands of years back. In the contemporary scenario yoga instructors as well as practitioners are rediscovering the importance of mindfulness via the yoga class experience. Many yoga classes in Mumbai now try to offer a holistic mind-body experience to enhance mindfulness.

What is mindfulness?

The human mind is inconstant. It skips from one to another subject like lightning. It skips from the present to the past and on to the future within the space of milliseconds. It is difficult for us to concentrate on and live in the present moment because there is so much else that occupies our minds. Mindfulness is a psychological process that brings our attention into the present; which concentrates our thoughts in the here and now.

In Hindu as well as Buddhist thought and philosophy, mindfulness leads the way into wisdom and helps us know more about ourselves. It is the first step towards freedom from suffering and the ultimate enlightenment. In the modern context, mindfulness helps us stop worrying; something that is known to contribute to psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders.

This is why so many psychiatrists and counselors incorporate the practice of yoga and meditation into their therapy sessions aimed at reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing. Mindfulness training is thought to be useful for preventing mental conditions. Studies show it to be effective in overcoming addiction, weight management, helping children with special needs and in elderly care. Mindfulness is seen to improve athletic performance and may even help to ease the process of pregnancy and childbirth. It can also help in pain management and in improving quality of sleep. Mindfulness practices help us understand ourselves better.

How can you achieve mindfulness with yoga?

Your yoga class experience can be significantly enhanced by incorporating mindfulness practices into it. To begin with, try to cut out distractions such as disturbing noises, loud music, glaring lights and so on. Also clear out any physical clutter around you – I have seen that this can also be distracting. Your practice area should have you, your mat and props if any; nothing else. It’s definitely a good idea to switch off your phone and put it away out of sight, since our gadgets tend to be the most distracting things in our lives.

Give your full attention to your instructor and concentrate on performing all aasans correctly and precisely to the best of your ability. Remember, everyone has different body types and physical capabilities, so there is no reason to compare yourself, either favorably or unfavorably, with your yoga classmates. Resist the urge to look around to see what others are doing. Focus on your own yoga practice and pay attention to the details, the rhythm of your breath, the position of your limbs. Breathe deeply and steadily and listen to the sound of your breathing.

Slowly relinquish all thoughts of what you have to do later than day. Stop worrying about things that have gone wrong in the past and other things that could possibly go wrong in times to come. As you focus fully on the position of your limbs, your own breath and learn to think only about this precise moment – the here and now, you will find that you have better control over your thoughts and your mind. You will find that you are able to cut out extraneous thoughts and considerations. You will find yourself simply becoming more mindful!

Ask your yoga instructor for tips on how to become more mindful as you practice your yoga. You will find that you’re getting more physical and mental benefits from your yoga class as a result of this.

The post How Yoga Leads the Mindful Fitness Trend appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

I recently had the privilege of conducting a Yoga Camp for Women Aged 40+ at The Yoga Institute under the guidance of Dr. Hansaji, in association with the Indian Menopause Society, and supported by Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India). This was held on May 3, 2018, exactly 50 days before International Day of Yoga.

Over 300 women attended the workshop, which was brought to fruition after weeks of hard work by the entire team involved.

Dr. Nita Dalal (President- Indian Menopause Society, Mumbai Chapter) and Dr. Sejal Desai (Chief Gynaecologist & Consultant at IAVA, Surya Hospital, Dubai and Unit Chief at BCJ Hospital and Asha Parekh Research Centre) were the guest speakers for the evening, providing valuable insight to all the attendees.

I, along with Varsha Gala Ji and Neelam Vaswani Ji, two other senior yoga teachers, conducted the entire event and presentation. The workshop was very well received and appreciated by all.

Here are some snapshots from the day…

The post Yoga Camp for Women Aged 40+ in Association with CCRYN and Indian Menopause Society – May 3, 2018 appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

When one is exhausted, one may want to simply collapse in front of the TV and vegetate; or simply roll into bed and do nothing. Does it sound paradoxical that when you’re feeling really exhausted, some type of activity will help you feel better? But this is in fact true: certain types of yoga poses; also known as restorative yoga, will help reduce exhaustion and help a person feel both relaxed and rejuvenated.

What is Restorative Yoga?

This form of yoga is thought to have been derived from the B K S Iyengar school of yoga and popularized by Judith Lasater. It is a form of yoga that aims to relax the body and reduce the mental stress that most of us experience as an almost inevitable part of the daily grind. This form of yoga can also help in dealing with traumatic events such as losing a loved one, financial problems, or life changing events such as moving to a new city and so on.

Restorative yoga can put you in a better frame of mind and could also help you sleep better. Some experts believe that this form of yoga can stimulate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (which controls metabolic processes, digestion, relaxation etc) to offer short term benefits. It may also shore up the body’s immune system and thereby offer long term benefits. The practice of restorative yoga also gives you time for some introspection to help you analyze why things seemed to go wrong on a particular day. It helps to create self awareness and determine the right course of action ahead. It is a spiritual practice that will help a person feel the divine connection.

Restorative Yoga Poses

On the day that you get home from work bone tired from a long working day and feeling mentally drained because of setbacks or disagreements that you may have encountered at work, try these poses:

Balasan (Child’s Pose) – With the legs tucked under the buttocks, stretch your torso out along the top of the thighs with the eyes closed and the face downward. Stretch the arms out and up, parallel to the ground to get a nice stretch along the legs, arms and shoulders while feeling the abdominal stimulation.

Legs up the wall (Viparitkarni) or legs on the chair pose – Lie with your back flat on the ground close to a wall. Raise the legs straight up to rest against the wall and feel the relief that comes from taking the weight off your legs. As the blood circulation to the brain and vital organs improves you will feel the stress and tiredness reducing. You can also perform a similar aasan using a chair to prop up the legs. While the thighs remain parallel to the legs of the chair, the calves rest on the seat of the chair. This pose has similar stress relieving properties and also helps fluids drain from the feet and ankle regions while relaxing the knees.

Baddha Konasan or Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining bound angle pose) – For Baddha Konasan, you sit up straight with the legs folded out on the floor, like in the butterfly pose, and the feet touching each other. For the supta baddha konasan, you lie on your back with the arms stretched out loosely on either side of the torso. The legs are spread out and the knees are bent at an angle so that the feet are facing each other and joined together. Both poses stretch the core of the body and open out the pelvic muscles to help one feel more relaxed.

Supta Padangusthasana or the reclining hand to big toe pose – Lying down flat, one leg is raised in the air at right angles to the body. Then, try to get hold of your toes with your hands or use a towel or length of cloth to do the same; to pull the toes down. Feel a lovely stretch along the feet, ankle, calves and hips.

Shavasan or corpse pose – This position requires you to lie on your back with your limbs loose and go through a conscious systematic relaxation of every muscle in the body while breathing deeply, evenly and consciously. It is a conscious relaxation technique that anyone can perform.

Try these aasans on days when you’re really tired and then make them a part of each day to reduce stress and live a more relaxed life.

The post Too Tired to Exercise? Try Restorative Yoga appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

It’s become a bit of a fashion for mothers to workout with their lovely babies and then post smiling pictures of themselves on social media. Clearly mother-toddler yoga is a social media phenomenon. But is it any more than a social media fad? Do I, as a yogi, recommend it?

Mother-toddler yoga

Simply put mother-toddler is yoga that mothers do along with their little children – or of course, father-toddler or parent-child yoga. Not only do the little ones perform aasans that are suitable for their age, the parent can create resistance and increase difficulty levels by holding or raising the child while doing various aasans. I feel that there are a lot of reasons this is a good thing: kids start out with yoga early in their lives and may end up making it a healthy, lifelong habit. It is excellent bonding time for the parent and child as well – quality time spent together. So, if one is in for deriving genuine benefit; beyond some social media fad, mother-toddler yoga is a great idea.

Yoga can help a child learn to be calm and still from an early age; a good way to harness inner energy. Yoga has obvious health benefits for everyone; no matter what their age. It can also help improve the motor skills of a young child. As I always say however, try not to self-instruct. Ensure that you receive training from an expert so that you don’t end up straining or hurting yourself or your child.

Some mother-toddler yoga poses to get started

Kids are learning about animals at the preschool age, so it’s a good idea to engage them in yoga positions that mimic the animals they are familiar with. These are simple poses which kids can perform without any risk of falling or injury. Plus, they will have a fun time with the downward dog pose, cat-cow pose, frog pose and so on. Kids can also be taught to do some breathing exercises; mindful breathing is a great thing to learn early on in life.

It is also possible to raise the difficulty level of your own yoga workout by holding your child: you can do naukasan or the boat pose, by having your child rest on your legs, so that when you raise your legs there is much more resistance and a much harder workout. Similarly, the chair pose or the tree pose also become much more challenging as you hold your child while doing them. A pose such as balasan or child pose also becomes much more challenging with your child on your back.

So yes, mother toddler yoga is an excellent idea and very beneficial for both mother and child. However, I must reiterate that it is best not to do this without proper supervision. It is also important not to try poses that seem too difficult or painful or those which are beyond one’s own capability. So long as you’re realistic about mother-toddler yoga, I say go ahead and enjoy yourself!

The post Mother-Toddler Yoga Poses You May Want to Try Out appeared first on Yoga Classes in Bandra & Khar, Mumbai - Yoga Central.

Read Full Article

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
close
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview