What is the ultimate goal of life, we often ponder! Is it getting that dream job and working harder to get a good promotion? Or Is to look fabulous and have an even more fabulous wardrobe to compliment the fit body? Is it to take a tour to a dream destination? Or is it to simply come home and watch TV while munching on your favorite snack? Whatever be the ultimate goal of life, the end denominator is the same for all of us—seek Happiness and Peace.
From the day we come into existence, we wander this earth in search of these two priceless emotions. Unsure of their true habitats and the route to it, we keep on pushing. We continue to perform and set specific goals in order to reach the ultimate one. The reality is that happiness and peace are the souls of our disposition towards life and our mortality. Positive Thinking, being a root of it all, these lie within our very spirit and can only be procured when instigated from within.
The science of Yoga is a great benefactor in achieving a relaxed and positive state of body and mind. According to medical facts, stress shows direct symptoms on a person’s body in the form of a physical and mental block which is usually trapped in various places of the body such as hips, shoulders, neck, thighs, pelvis, and heart. By regulating blood flow through these areas and relaxing them, you can achieve a positive and inspiring attitude from within. Here is what you can do to achieve a relaxed and positive attitude and body through yoga in 8 simple steps:
Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
Stand tall and rested like the tree. The tree pose is excellent to still the mind and to achieve a centered mind, body, and soul. It is a perfect pose to quiet the body and achieve a wonderful state of balance and equilibrium. Stand tall on the yoga mat with a feet distance gap between the legs. Draw a long deep breath inwards and lift your right leg and let it rest on the inner thigh of the left one. Try to find a balance while standing on one foot. Gently raise both your arms above the head and align both the palms together in Namaste Mudra. Close your eyes and take long deep breaths for 30 seconds to a minute.
Bitilasana Marjariyasana (Cat – Cow Pose)
An excellent posture to release pent-up stress in the nervous system, the Cat-Cow pose is performed in a table-top position. Inhale deeply and push your chin towards the chest while creating a concave curve in the spine. After holding for a few seconds, exhale through the abdomen and lungs while curving the spine downwards.
Natrajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose)
The pose symbolizes the universal energy that lies within. This beautiful pose of Lord Shiva is all about communicating with the energy centers and activating them to reveal the inner light and strength of a body and mind. To perform this pose, assume the Tadasana (or Mountain Pose) position. Lift the left leg backward while forming a bend at the knee. Find the balance in our mind while making a clean effort to hold the entire body weight on the other foot. Bend the body forward and grab the left ankle with the left hand. Take 10 long deep breaths while maintaining stability and equilibrium.
Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose)
This asana is a wonderful expression of self-love, peace, and harmony. To perform this pose, lie flat on the mat. Bend both the legs at the knee to join the ankle and sole of each foot with the other. Feel the stress melt away from the feet, pelvis, core, and heart as you perform deep inhalation and exhalation while performing the pose. Rest one palm on the heart and the other on the stomach and feel a surge of peace travel beneath your body and soul.
Utkata Konasana (Goddess Pose)
Akin to a sumo squat, the goddess pose works like a charm in releasing any pent-up fatigue in the lower body. Perform this pose to feel powerful from within. This pose lets you gain complete control of your happiness.
Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
This is a great heart-opening pose while it also works towards releasing stress in the hips and back and fosters positive thinking. To perform this pose, sit on the yoga mat and cross both the legs. Now, rotate the right leg towards the back until the toe of the right foot gently touches the edge of the mat. Curve your spine outwards and tilt your head a little. Breathe in and out for a minute before repeating the same steps with the other leg.
Sirsasana (Headstand Pose)
Best for intermediate to advanced level yogis, the Sirsasana is ideal for triggering a fresh perception in the heart and mind. The pose effectively redirects the blood flow to the heart and brain. To perform this pose, lie flat on the back and gently lift your legs upwards. Keep lifting the upper body until inverted in a vertical position. Feel the flow of blood and a new-found energy to start afresh surge from within.
Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep Meditation)
Reward a perfect conclusion to the steps with Yoga Nidra Meditation and embark upon a mindful and an upbeat day ahead.
About the Author
Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. For more information about him visit his website.