Would you try this asana?
Acing yoga asanas like a pro comes with a lot of patience, practice and hard work, and takes time before you master them. Recently, actor and fitness aficionado Shilpa Shetty gave us a glimpse of an advanced yoga asana that she managed to ace. Take a look!
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The FIRST Monday of the year deserves something special! So, I decided to post the asana I found most difficult to do in 2019. A lot of consistent practice and effort. All worth it… Nailed the Mayurasana 💪💪💪💪YESSSSSS (or the Peacock pose) this morning. It is an advanced Yoga asana that improves digestion and focus. It also enhances wrist flexibility and blood circulation, while strengthening the arms. When you can start balancing your entire body weight on your palms, it helps build your self-confidence too! It may not be as easy as it looks, but practice makes us perfect, doesn't it? Which was the toughest asana that you conquered? Do share with me in the comments! Throwing the challenge over to you. All those who do it, do tag me, the best 3 I will repost 🎉💪 C’mon guys. Set a goal and conquer it. #SwasthRahoMastRaho #MondayMotivation #GetFit2020 #yoga #mayurasana #yogisofinstagram #SSApp
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The asana, called Mayurasana or the peacock pose, is said to be extremely beneficial for one’s health given that it helps enhance flexibility and improve the body’s ability to focus.
Shetty captioned the video, “When you can start balancing your entire body weight on your palms, it helps build your self-confidence too! It may not be as easy as it looks, but practice makes us perfect, doesn’t it?”
In case you are wondering what is this asana all about, here’s what you need to know.
As an advanced arm balancing yoga poses, the practitioners balance both the hands while navel rests on the elbows while performing Mayurasana.
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Dr. Saghana Chakrabortty, M.D., a family medicine physician at Bon Secours, started practicing yoga when he was in his mid-50s after somebody gave him a yoga DVD. Now he is an avid practicer and wants you to know that anyone can do yoga. There's no better time to start than in the new year. Here's Dr. Chakrabortty's yoga tips. . Yoga consists of three main aspects: 🧘♀️Breathing 🧘♀️Posture 🧘♀️Meditation . Yoga can even help with conditions like: Cardiovascular disease 🤸♂️High blood pressure and diabetes 🤸♂️Anxiety and depression 🤸♂️Balance (better balance prevents falls) 🤸♂️Posture 🤸♂️Strength 🤸♂️Motivation (dissuading a sedentary lifestyle) #yoga #yogapractice #yogaforbeginners #beginneryoga #peacockpose #mayurasana #meditation #posturehealth
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Helps improve digestion
As per yogic philosophy, it is believed that any imbalance in the navel could cause digestive problems and other illnesses. The placement of elbows at the sides of the navel in Mayurasana helps overcome the imbalance which results in better digestion.
Tones abdominal muscles
Since the pressure is applied on the abdomen, along with organs like liver, spleen, kidney, gallbladder, pancreas, and the circulatory system, Mayurasana helps tone them. This results in a well-built and functioning body.
Strengthens wrists and forearms
Balancing your entire body weight on the palms helps engage the forearms during the practice of the pose. For anyone looking to work their forearms and wrists, it is a perfect asana.
Here’s how to perform it
*Kneel down on a yoga mat with your knees wide and sit on your toes.
*Lean forward from the hips and press the palms into the floor.
*The fingers of the hands should point toward your torso.
*Bend the elbows at right angle, rest the front torso on the upper arms, and the sides of the navel on the elbows.
*Straighten your legs, and balance your body weight on your palms.
*Make sure the pressure of the elbows against the stomach is strong and firm.
*Position the legs and torso parallel to the floor and keep your gaze forward.
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