Yoga To Beat The Wedding Jitters
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When Jennifer Aniston swore by Yoga to calm those pre-marital jitters, the wedding world sat up and took notice. Yoga undoubtedly has earned a reputation for improving mental and emotional health, but at a time when you are getting geared up to embark upon a new phase, can asanas really help?
Yoga aligns the body with the mind, and helps to relax. Some consider it to be a ‘meditation in motion’; yoga imbues a sense of calm and serenity while simultaneously curbing stress and anxiety.
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Each yoga asana serves a different holistic purpose. The asanas that are primarily concerned with de-stressing and relaxation are:
Trikonasana or The Triangle Pose
Since this is stretching the entire body, it helps to open nerves and puts pressure on the right points. Trikonasana is also one of the easiest asanas, so if you are new to Yoga you might want to stick to the basics and not the complicated twist-and-turn advanced versions.
Viparita Karani or Legs Up The Wall
Ever seen how girls take seductive pictures with their legs up the wall and in killer stilettos? Turns out this position (minus the stilettos) is a yoga asana that can reduce stress and improve cardiac health.
Marjariasana or The Cat Cow Pose
The cat cow pose puts pressure on the neck and stretches the back. As you arch and bend your back and bob your head up and down, you can feel the muscles relaxing and the blood flowing to the head. This basic level asana is an excellent de-stressor and also works wonder with Spondylitis.
Kapalbhati Pranayama and Bhastika Pranayama
The breathing technique part of yoga comprises Pranayama and Kapalbhati. These two asanas have the same principle as meditation as they are centered on controlled breathing.
Kapalbhati Pranayama, where the focus is on powerful exhalation and passive inhalation, is only slightly different from Bhastika Pranayama, which gives equal importance to inhalation and exhalation. Coupled with deep breathing, Pranayama also lays emphasis on rapidly pulling in and throwing out of the abdomen.
Yoga has excellent health benefits and for brides-to-be who are on the verge of losing it, yoga can really help save their sanity.