(This article is contributed by Janhavi Patwardhan, Yoga Instructor, SARVA & Diva Yoga)
Culturally, we Indians rely a lot on our mothers for emotional support. However, being a strong support system to children is bound to take a toll on them mentally and physically.
The era of social distancing and quarantine is when mothers are the busiest, especially with children being home without being able to go to school. This phase has taken a toll on a lot of moms - be it fulfilling their professional obligations whilst working from home, running the kitchen, helping coordinate their kids zoom classes, and nurturing a happy and healthy household. Yoga can provide them an invigorating boost of energy that can help them stay physically and mentally fit. Find more about the yoga exercises designed for the well-being of mothers.
Also called the bow pose, the Dhanurasana stretches your stomach, chest, back, and neck. It improves breathing and helps you relax, reducing stress levels. It's a low intensity asana and has several benefits. This asana is a leveler, builds immunity, and aids sleep.
Also called ‘plough pose,’ this asana includes moving legs over your head and bringing your knees to your ears. This asana aids blood circulation and helps flush out toxins from the body, thus helping you strengthen your immunity and have fun with inversions.
The Uttanasana (or Standing Forward Bend) enhances blood circulation and infuses the flow of fresh blood to the head. It is also a great stressbuster and greatly invigorates the nervous system.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Also known as the Downward Dog Stretch, this asana results in the reverse pull of gravity that aids in the better circulation of the lymph and blood. The free flow of lymph throughout the body enables to drain out flu-related blockages.
Warrior Pose I - Virabhadrasana I
Stretching your entire body in two directions, this warrior pose opens-up your shoulders, arms, legs, ankles, back, hips, chest, and lungs. It also stretches your belly and groin energizing the entire body.
Warrior pose II- Virabhadrasana II
A simple variation from Virabhadrasana I, this pose is also great for strength, stability, and concentration.
Warrior pose III- Virabhadrasana III
A slight elevation to the previous versions, this pose is known to strengthen the back, ankle, shoulder, and leg. All the three warrior poses can also be practiced by children.
It is named to reflect the tree, which is firmly rooted but always swaying with the song of the wind. Great for achieving balance and inner stillness, the body is bound to sway like a tree but with the footing firmly on ground – very much like how a tree also balances and holds dear its inhabitants.
(Edited by Athira Nair)