Effective yoga poses to beat stress and improve body metabolism

Yog-Nidra

Yog-Nidra, one of the ancient yogic meditations is much recommended by yoga teachers and psychologists for physical, mental and emotional well-being of people leading a stressful life, a new study has revealed.

Yog-Nidra is the best known technique for complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation, says the study by Haridwar-based Dev Sanskriti University.

Yoga teachers and psychologists in India, and all over the world, are prescribing this ancient practise as the best for all-round well-being in todays fast-paced world.

It is practised in ˜Shavasana pose and includes resolve, body part awareness, breath awareness, and visualisation. Yog-Nidra is a self-induced state of altered consciousness, which is neither total sleep nor total wakefulness. It is a state of awakened sleep, a state of conscious sleep induced by oneself through complete relaxation of mind, wherein one can record what is going on, not just in conscious level, but also on the sub-conscious levels, the research said.

To explain further, it is a state of awakened sleep, a state of conscious sleep, which is induced by oneself through complete relaxation of the mind, wherein it can record what is going on, just on the conscious level, but also on the sub-conscious level, the research said.
Related studies carried out in the field by the University of Tel Aviv (Israel), also showed that yogic practice lowered serum cholesterol levels in cardiac patients in that country.

Sasangasana

Most of the yogasanas are named after various animals and birds. The term ˜sasa is referred to as rabbit, and as this yogic pose takes the form of a rabbit, it is named Sasangasana.

Similar to the childs pose of hatha yoga, rabbit pose is a forward bend pose, basically used for relaxation and a gentle stretch. However, this posture is a challenging one to do correctly, as it is one of the more difficult postures. Hence, the pose needs to be performed under expert guidance.

Beginning in child pose, the rabbit pose is entered into, by first gripping your heels with your hands. Using that leverage, raise your hips upwards until your thighs are perpendicular to the ground, and simultaneously set the crown of your head on the floor. Fold further at the hips to bring your crown as close as possible to your knees and your chest as close as possible to your thighs. Hold on in this position for six to eight breaths before relaxing back into child pose.

The benefits of this pose are many. It helps strengthen and improves flexibility of your abdomen, back, and neck. It is believed to be an excellent pose for improving digestion and immunity, by maximizing spinal health and stimulating the thymus gland. Apart from improving metabolism, this pose helps deal with other health issues such as constipation, hernia, and inflammation of nerves in the leg.