A lighter you for Valentine’s Day: Four simple yoga poses
So you forgot all about your New Year’s resolution to become fit as a fiddle and went ahead with old habits of binge-eating and no exercise whatsoever. Worry not; it’s never too late to embrace a healthy lifestyle and in any case Valentine’s Day is here and you want to look sexy in that red-hot dress.
For many women, this is the best trigger to get some exercise done. We bring you four deceptively simple yoga poses that you can do in the comfort of your home or office that will guarantee a toned, lighter you. Remember, it’s not enough to read about these poses, you have to move it.
One leg-raise or ek padasana is aimed at toning your stomach, arms and legs. Lie on your back. Lift the right leg straight up in a right-angle. Lift the left leg little off the ground. Hold both hands on either sides of the right thigh. Inhale.
While exhaling lift your head up to look at the thigh. Hold up for 15 seconds initially and slowly increase it up to a minute.
Repeat on the other leg. Avoid if you have neck or lower back pain. Increase the challenge by lifting both legs straight ahead and holding hands on either side of the legs.
Ardha Chakrasana or side-stretch
The standing side-stretch pose will give you a good side-stretch and at the same time increase the flexibility of your spine and arms. What’s more, it’s a sure way to get rid of those stubborn, not-so-lovely love handles. Stand straight with feet together, inhale and stretch your right arm above head, exhale and bend your upper body to the left. Make sure your upper right arm touches your right ear. Your left arm should be placed gently on the left thigh. Hold for few seconds before repeating on the other side. Take care not to slide in one direction.
Utkatasana or chair pose
A strong back and shapely thighs are every woman’s biggest desire. This pose is one way to address both the issues. Stand straight with hands on sides and feet together. Inhale and raise your arms perpendicular to floor with arms parallel and palms facing inward.
Exhale, bend your knees, and come in a squat position. Make sure your thighs are parallel to the floor and your torso is not leaning too forward. Stay for 15 to 30 seconds. Inhale and straighten your knees, exhale and bring your arms down.
Padahastasana or standing forward-bend
This is a fat-busting pose giving your back, stomach and hamstrings a good exercise. Stand straight with feet together and arms at the sides. Inhale and life your arms straight overhead; your arms should be gently touching your ears. Exhale, bring the arms down to the floor; try to keep the palms flat on the ground or hold your ankles. Bend from the hips and try to bring your forehead to the knees. It’s tough and requires regular practice, so feel free to bend till you can easily.