You are likely to consume more calories during the festive season. Regular exercise and healthy eating practices can help you maintain a healthy weight. Here are some yoga poses you must try to stay fit during the festivals.

Stay fit this festive season with yoga

Yoga Warm-up

Warming up will simply prevent you from injuring yourself, so that you can enjoy a safe and mindful practice. In yoga practice, the warm-up routine starts from the leg. So, start mobilizing your ankles to slowly warm up the joints, the gentle rotation of the hips, arms, wrists, head, and neck comes last. Walk briskly, stretch, and relax your muscles. This will prepare your body for a practice and protect you from practice-related injuries. Before attempting back curl poses, make sure your body is sufficiently warmed up.

Balanced diet

Make sure to supplement your heavy festival meals with vitamins, minerals, protein, and carbohydrates. A good way to enjoy all the goodies that come your way is to exercise moderation. Don’t go overboard with indulgence, but neither should you deprive yourself. Consume items that give you body strength mental bliss. Drink plenty of water and leave at least 3-4 hours between meals and minimize snacks.

Sweat with Asanas

1. Vajrasana
It is a great asana to help you improve your digestion and can be done immediately after a meal. To practice this pose, start by standing straight with your arms at the sides of your body. Lean forward and slowly lower your knees onto your mat. Place your pelvis on your heels and point your toes outward. Here, your thighs should press on your calf muscles. Keep your heels close to each other. Do not place the toes on top of each other, but the right and left should be side by side. Place your palms on your knees upward. Straighten your back and look forward.

2. Ekapada Malasana
With the dog facing down, put your feet apart from the hands and lower the body into Malasana. Try to press firmly on your heels while sitting down with your feet slightly wide. Shift the weight onto your right foot. Lift your left foot off the ground and start extending the leg straight out in front of you. Bend the raised foot and straighten the knee. Once you find your balance, lift your hands off the ground and bring the palms together.

3. Ustrnaasa
Kneel on the yoga mat and place your hands on your hips. At the same time, arch your back and slide your palms over your feet until the arms are straight. Do not force or bend your neck, but keep it in a neutral position. Stay in this pose for a few breaths. Exhale and slowly return to the initial pose. Remove your hands and bring them back to your hips as you straighten up.

4. Padahastasana
Exhale and gently bend your upper body, dropping your head and keeping your shoulders and neck relaxed. Bring the trunk closer to the legs. Try to touch the knees with the forehead. This can require a lot of flexibility. If you are new to your practice, go only as far as it suits you. As you bend forward, try to move your torso from the hip joints instead of the waist. Place the palms on either side of the feet. Try to keep your legs and knees straight throughout the practice. If you are a beginner, you may need to bend your knees slightly to achieve this.

Relax the mind with meditation

Festivals can seem very taxing on your sanity, as you get caught up in a wave of activities with no time to rest for yourself. Meditation techniques can be simple and very helpful in calming the mind and soothing jerky nerves. You can start your day with a few minutes of meditation and sit for a few quiet moments. Meditation techniques like Bhavigatha Dhyan and Aarambh Dhyan are easy and excellent whether you are a beginner or have already meditated. You can also include breathing exercises such as Kapal Bhati, Anulom Vilom, or Khand Pranayama to meditate on your breathing.
To truly celebrate the spirit of the festivities, you can’t spend most of your time counting calories. Every opportunity should be paid its due, so don’t talk about guilt or regret. Regular and consistent fitness practice will boost your metabolism, so you don’t have to worry about the fun of the festival. Set achievable and realistic goals that encourage you to stay on track. With a minimum of 30 minutes each morning, you can make a big investment in your health without running out of fun!


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