I have been practicing yoga for more than a decade now, weekly twice I have my classes. I am lucky to have got two great yoga masters who have tolerated me. They have taught me over the years and continue to do so.
Yoga is an ocean and I have come just a few meters away from shore. I hope this post will inspire readers of this blog by showing that if someone like me can do it, so can you! We may not be perfect or regular, that’s not the point. My master often reminds his students of this verse from Pathanjali Yoga Sutra (the original text of Yoga) “Sthira sukam asanam”, Sthira means steady, Sukam means ~Blissful, Asana means ~posture. B.K.S.Iyengar elaborates it as “Asana is perfect firmness of body, the steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit”
Last week my master Sri Gautham Chand took these candid photos of me doing few asanas.
The first one is Crow Pose, called Kakasana (Bakasana). Good for mental equilibrium and a sense of calm.
Next is my favorite, called Chakrasana or wheel pose. Effective to keep the back pain at bay especially for those like me leaning forward in front of the Desk all the time. I can do variations including Eka Pada (One-Legged) Eka Hasta (One-Handed) Charasana, but photo for a latter post!
Below is Shoulderstand or “Sarvangasana“, the Queen of Asanas. Effective in harmonizing overall body function. I find it useful to drain the stress from feet and legs. You can do this daily. I find it useful to relax by tiring feet after long walks especially while traveling.
Headstand or “Sirsasana“, the king of Asanas. The inverted posture relieves tension and soothes your brain functions. I find it to be the best de-stressing asana that prepares you to take on a long day. Be careful while practicing this asana as done wrongly can injure the neck and spinal cord badly. Learn it only in presence of a yoga teacher.