International Yoga Day 2018: Practice Yoga for Peace

PM Modi did Yoga with 50,000 people 


Today, we are celebrating fourth international yoga day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi lead close to 50,000 people today in Dehradun to mark the fourth International Yoga Day celebrations while many union ministers are participating in similar events across the country.

International Yoga Day

Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said, “Yoga has emerged as the biggest unifying force in the world.” The Prime Minister reached the venue a little after 6:30 am, addressed the gathering and performed yoga along with those assembled there. PM Modi, who arrived in Dehradun late last evening, was welcomed at the airport by Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul, Chief Minister TS Rawat and a host of other leaders and officials.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is fond of yoga. He firmly believes in having good health. Recently, he accepted the Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli fitness challenge and posted a video where he was clearly seeing performing yoga and other exercises.

5 Important poses of Yoga exclusively for beginners!

There is no exact age of starting a yoga. You can start it whenever you feel so. Yes, if someone starts it early, then she or he can reap many benefits.  So guys if you are brand new to the practice of yoga,  then there are certain Important and basic postures for you that you can practice.

1.Mountain Pose: Mountain Pose is the base for all standing poses, it gives you a sense of how to ground into your feet and feel the earth below you. Mountain pose may seem like “simply standing,” but there is a ton going on.

Procedure 

Start standing with your feet together. Press down through all ten toes as you spread them open. Engage your quadriceps to lift your kneecaps and lift up through the inner thighs. Draw your abdominals in and up as you lift your chest and press the tops of the shoulders down.

Feel your shoulder blades coming towards each other and open your chest, but keep your palms facing inwards towards the body. Imagine a string drawing the crown of the head up to the ceiling and breathe deeply into the torso. Hold for 5-8 breaths. This is very basic.

2. Downward Facing Dog: Downward Dog is used in most yoga practices and it stretches and strengthens the entire body.

Procedure

Come on to all fours with your wrists under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Tuck under your toes and lift your hips up off the floor as you draw them up at back towards your heels. Keep your knees slightly bent if your hamstrings are tight, otherwise try and straighten out your legs while keeping your hips back. Walk your hands forward to give yourself more length if you need to. Press firmly through your palms and rotate the inner elbows towards each other. Hollow out the abdominals and keep engaging your legs to keep the torso moving back towards the thighs. Hold for 5-8 breaths before dropping back to hands and knees to rest.

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3.Plank: Plank teaches us how to balance on our hands while using the entire body to support us. It is a great way to strengthen the abdominals and learn to use the breath to help us stay in a challenging pose.

Procedure 

From all fours, tuck under your toes and lift your legs up off the mat. Slide your heels back enough until you feel you are one straight line of energy from your head to your feet. Engage the lower abdominals, draw the shoulders down and away from the ears, pull your ribs together and breathe deeply for 8-10 breaths.

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4.Triangle: Triangle is a wonderful standing posture to stretch the sides of the waist, open up the lungs, strengthen the legs and tone the entire body.

Procedure:

Start standing with your feet one leg’s-length apart. Open and stretch your arms to the sides at shoulder height. Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and your left toes in about 45 degrees. Engage your abdominals as you hinge to the side over your right leg. Place your right hand down on your ankle, shin or knee (or a block if you have one) and lift your left arm up to the ceiling.

Turn your gaze up to the top hand and hold for 5-8 breaths. Lift up to stand and repeat on the opposite side. It is very beneficial.

5.Tree: Tree is an awesome standing balance for beginners to work on to gain focus and clarity, and learn to breathe while standing and keeping the body balanced on one foot.

Procedure:

Start with your feet together and place your right foot on your inner left upper thigh. Press your hands in prayer and find a spot in front of you that you can hold in a steady gaze. Hold and breathe for 8-10 breaths then switch sides. Make sure you don’t lean into the standing leg and keep your abdominals engaged and shoulders relaxed.

Happy International Yoga day everyone. Stay Healthy!

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