For followers of the ‘Lazy Couch Potato Cult’, yoga can seem like a humongous and impossible dream. Think ‘climbing-Mount Everest’ big. All that turning and twisting…just the thought is enough to get an inactive person to break into a sweat. But, with every major task, you gotta start somewhere. And, considering what sloths this lockdown has turned us into, I think it’s best if we start getting into the yogi vibe right here, right now. Beginners-level, of course. Let’s go!
WHATCHA GOTTA DO
- Food is the fuel of life, and ain’t nobody wanna look like they are dying in a Warriors Pose. So, fuel up with a light snack like a peanut butter sandwich maybe.
- Wear your cutest workout outfit, but make it light, breathable and one in which you can move.
- If you are over 25 like yours truly, know that your body can let you down in several ways when you are aging. So, do not expect to nail every move the first time your try it.
- It is ideal to join a class, but if you have a raging ‘can-do’ attitude, start off with easy basic moves like the ones below
MOVES LIKE A YOGI
Cat & Cow Pose:
Step 1: Get down in a tabletop position, with your palms and knees on the floor. Make sure your knees align with your hips and your wrists with your shoulder.
Step 2: Deeply inhale as you lift your chest and sitting bones towards the ceiling. Your belly should sink to the floor. Lift your head up as well.
Step 3: Hold, and then exhale, rounding your spine up towards the ceiling. Release your head towards the floor.
Step 4: Focus on your breathing and repeat this move 10-20 times to warm up the spine.
Step 1: Lie down on your stomach with tops of your feet facing downwards. Elbows back, your palms should be flat on the floor, placed next to your chest on either side.
Step 2: Begin inhaling as you lift your torso up, straightening out your arms. Keep your lower body firm on the ground.
Step 3: Hold yourself up for close to 15 seconds, and then slowly lower yourself down, exhaling in tandem.
Step 4: Repeat this 5 times to open your heart and lungs, and to stretch your chest, abdominal and shoulder muscles.
Happy Baby Pose
Step 1: Lie down with your back flat on the ground. Bring your knees towards your chest, while your legs are raised perpendicular to the floor.
Step 2: Your feet should face the ceiling and your tailbone should be firm on the ground. Grab the sides of your feet and open your knees wider, pushing them towards your armpits.
Step 3: Push your feet up as you try to pull them down with your hands to create resistance.
Step 4: Repeat 3-4 times to relieve stress, stretch the inner groin and up the hips.
Step 1: Kneel on the floor, resting on your heels as your toes touch at the back and your knees are as wide as your hips.
Step 2: Slowly exhale and bring your torso down, stretching your hands out and lengthening your spine.
Step 3: Breathe in and out steadily and stay in position for a few seconds or up to a couple of minutes.
Step 4: Repeat as many times as you would like to rejuvenate and rest in between workouts.