International Yoga Day 2020: From stress buster to weight loss; 7 reasons you cannot say ‘no’ to yoga
International Yoga Day is just around the corner, however, this time this event will be bit different as people have to observe it at home due to the Coronavirus crisis. As per AYUSH ministry, no mass gathering would be advisable this year. Hence they are encouraging people to practice yoga at their home with their families.
Talking about yoga, amid the coronavirus and lockdown it has become important to practice because yoga can be a great stress buster and can also improve our physical and mental health. So here we are with 7 reasons as to why you cannot say No to yoga.
1. It can help you sleep well
Work from home has changed the schedules of people which has resulted in a disruption in sleep cycles. As per researchers, yoga can help people with insomnia. Yes, you read it right! with regular practice can help in relaxing your mind and prepare your body to take rest. Standing forward bends, legs up to the wall (viparit karani), savasana, seated spinal twist and reclining butterfly are some yoga poses that can help you sleep well at night.
2. Want to lose weight?
Regular practice of yoga can help in improving flexibility and can also help you in losing a few kilos. Yoga asanas that can help you lose weight are surya namaskar, plank pose, downward dog pose, warrior pose, bridge pose, shoulder stand, twisted chair pose amongst others.
3. Improves body strength
Plank pose, headstands, handstands and side planks are some yoga poses that can help you do some strength training.
4. Relieves stress
Yoga is the ultimate stress buster one can bank on and well, even studies have found that yoga can help in reducing stress. Not just this can also help in controlling blood pressure. Such as people with depression and anxiety can benefit from doing every day. Standing forward bends, savasana, child pose, side stretches and seated forward bend are some yoga poses that can help in relieving stress and anxiety.
5. Make your mind sharper
Yoga poses like padmasana, headstands, plow pose and half spinal twist pose can help in making your mind sharper.
6. Relieves pain
Knee pain and back pain have become a part of your daily lives? Then we have a few yoga poses that can help in relieving chronic pain. Surya namaskar, stretching and twisting poses, downward dog pose, seated forward bend, low lunge with backbend are some poses that can reduce and ward off pain if you do them regularly.
7. Balance and Flexibility
Yoga can improve balance and flexibility, improving your body's ability to function more efficiently on a day-to-day basis.