Yoga is an ancient science which helps you balance the body, mind and spirit. Yoga involves breathing exercises which increases the capacity of the lungs, more intake of oxygen to the blood stream, poses which help you stretch the muscles increasing flexibility. There are meditation techniques which will help to control over the mind, which will keep the mind focused and have good control over the sense organs.
Design your yoga practice well avoiding dynamic movements and including calming poses and breathing exercises which focuses on the mind and soul.
Yoga sequences during fasting
All non-intense yoga is recommended during fasting. Sun salutations of low intensity with adequate intervals between poses is highly advised, there are few breathing practices and poses which help the body mechanism to function regular during fasting.
Alternate nostril breathing
A simple breathing practice which helps you calm your mind and give a good control over the mind, this also helps to regulate your temperature. Sit in any cross legged posture with spine straight and shoulder relaxed. Left palm on the left knee, right nostril is closed with right thumb inhaling deep through the left nostril. Closing the left nostril with right ring finger exhale slowly from the right, keeping the left nostril still closed inhale from the right. Now close the right nostril with right thumb and exhale from the left. This is one round of practice; continue doing 7, 14 or 21 rounds.
Forward bend sequence
Backward bend produces heat in body and all forward bending like forehead to the knee pose gives cooling to the body systems. Forward bend relaxes the heart and helps the metabolism by creating a negative suction pressure to the abdominal organs. Sequences of forward bending help the heart to pump the blood to the brain and give a good control over the mind. Yoga aims to balance the body in order to still the mind, so cooling forward bends are perfect during the heat of summer while you are in fast.
Forward fold – standing
Has more effects compared to seating forward fold. Helps to energize the heart, focus on the balance gives you a good concentration and determination.
Other poses to try include Hip openers, Wide legged Pose and Half Shoulders stand variations.
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