The recent health pandemic has brought about a new normal. From working from home to adapting to a completely new routine, it has made us see life from a new perspective. Though by now we may have set a routine for ourselves, sometimes things may not go as planned, particularly when it comes to our exercise routines and eating patterns. For instance, you see a pack of chips, your mind tells you to stay away from those carbs, but before you can react, your hand reaches out and grabs that pack! Admit it, all of us get that feeling and therefore, self-control is more essential than ever during this #stayhome period—and yoga can help you achieve it. Yoga inculcates a sense of discipline that also reflects in other activities over time. It enables us to make the right choices through internal changes and self-awareness. There are some yoga poses that can help us resist the force of untimely hunger, and therefore manage any excess weight gain.
Viparita Karani or the Waterfall Pose: Viparita Karani allows the easy flow of blood to the head and the heart and helps you relax when you have a craving, suppressing it during the process.
The Child Pose or Balasana: The child pose is a forward bend that is extremely relaxing. It is mainly done between two demanding asanas and allows an individual to catch some rest by curling up into a safe and restful position. It also creates a slight pressure on the brain as one’s head is rested forward. This pose allows a flow of fluid energy and halts the signals of stress in the body, resulting in stronger self-control and to fight the urge of mindless snacking.
The Tree Pose or the VrikshasanaVrikshasana: resembles a posture of a tree that allows better concentration levels, thus training you mentally to focus on healthy targets and avoid external background distractions. The asana helps the mind to not deviate. Practice the pose for at least a minute every morning with 30 seconds on each foot. To take the practice to another level try the Vrikshasana with your eyes closed.PadahastasanaThis pose works wonders for the body and mind. While promoting flexibility, padahastasana stimulates the thyroid, endocrine and pituitary glands leading to a balance in hormones. Holding this pose for about 5 to 6 breaths shakes free the laziness and soreness in the body, leaving you with a brisk feeling to carry on your daily chores.
It is normal to give in to cravings and binge or overeat when at home. But remember, everything in moderation, too much of anything is harmful. It is always better to strike the balance! Practicing these asanas can not only help you do this and regain control over your health but also stay active during the lockdown! Eat healthy, stay healthy!
Mr Sarvesh Shashi, Founder, SARVA & Diva Yoga.