The ancient practice of yoga, which has its origin in India, can cure many ailments of the body. It is part of the list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity of UNESCO. Yoga not only makes you fit and healthy physically, but also makes your mind more active and stronger. It improves your immunity, gives you a toned body, removes toxins, improves blood circulation, and has many other health benefits. It is also effective in making your skin healthy and relieving wrinkles. There are many yoga poses that will slow down the aging process and make your body look more youthful. So here are some of the yoga asanas to turn back the clock.
1. Warrior pose (Virabhadrasana)
Virabhadrasana will tone your glutes, calves and knees. Stand up straight with your feet apart. Keep your right foot pointed inward and your left foot pointed outward. Bend your left knee and stretch your arm. Look at your left arm. Hold this position for ten seconds and return to the original position. Now repeat this on the right side. Do this asana five times for each side.
2. Forward turn (Hastapadasana)
Hastapadasana will expand your body and warm up your muscles and joints. Stand up straight with your feet together. Keep your knees slightly bent, arms at your sides, and toes forward. Now inhale and slowly raise your arms above your head. Exhale and lean forward. Make sure you bend over from your hips. Let your extended arms touch the floor. For 10 seconds, hold this position and return to the original position. Do this asana five times.
3. Tree pose (Vrikshasana)
Vrikshasana strengthens the glutes, feet and abdominals and improves balance. Stand up straight with your feet together and your arms at your side. Bring your hands to the prayer position and place your left foot on the inner side of the right thigh. Now inhale and raise your arms above your head. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then return to the original position. Repeat this asana with your other leg.
4. Downward Dog Position (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Adho Mukha Svanasana is an important part of Suryanamaskra and it improves blood circulation, flexibility and strengthens the spine. Stand up straight with your feet apart. Now lean forward and keep your hands on the ground. Your body will form an inverted “V”. Keep your heart engaged and your head hanging down. For 10 seconds, hold this position then return to the original position. Repeat this 5 times.
5. Seated twist (Bharadvajasana)
This asana will improve flexibility, reduce double chin and tone your abs. Sit on the floor with your legs crossed. On your right knee keep your left hand and your right hand behind you on the floor. Now turn your body and look back. For 10 seconds, hold this position then return to the original position. Repeat this on the other side.