Discovering a True Yogic Lifestyle to Age
Brusting Some Common Bubbles
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could stop aging? Rather look a little more
young? Or maybe still have that glow you used to have during your
twenties? While you must be thinking Yoga can help you stop aging or can
make you look young in a jiffy, Let's break it to you that it can’t. Below are
some scientific facts you should know:
- Yoga can’t stop aging
- Yoga can reduce the signs of aging to a certain extent
- The aging benefits of Yoga come over a period of time and through
regular, correct and dedicated practice
Therefore, the next time someone tells you how they practiced yoga for a
week and got rid of their wrinkles, laugh it off and continue with your
asanas. While, we deny these short term gains we are sure that yoga does
help you age gracefully by strengthening your immunity and helping you
fight various age related illnesses for instance Myofascial tightening,
stiffness due to decreased collagen,Tendonitis/Tendonopathy, Hormonal
Changes/Hot Flashes, Blood pressure etc.
So keeping this in mind, we at Adhiroha compiled a collection of Yogic
practices that will surely help you age gracefully.
Now this may seem simple but multiple researchers have shown that a
break in yogic practice specially meditation can severely hamper its
positive impacts. That is why sages used to meditate continuously without
a break for multiple months or even years!
While that may not be possible for us to make sure we see the effects of
our practice, it is essential that we make it a point to not skip a single day
of our practice.
Another observation to aid this idea is studies show that stress speeds up
the aging process. An effective way to reduce stress is to meditate
regularly. A study says that practicing meditation on a regular basis
protects our chromosomes from degenerating and thus puts a leash on the
Regular Practice of specific Yoga Asanas
This section is rather our personal favourite as it closely resembles the
spirit of yoga in the realms of physical fitness. While multiple asanas exist
for varying purposes, you could practice the following top 5 asanas
regularly to make sure you age gracefully. These are handpicked by us to
strengthen your immunity and control signs of aging:
Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)
Meet and greet the sun every morning in a traditional manner to welcome
unparalleled health and fitness. It is a simple but effective yoga asana that
includes 12 poses in a sequential manner to lead your way to good
health.Here are some key benefits of surya namaskar - Gives glowing skin,
Keeps anxiety at bay, Complete natural body detox, Improves blood
circulation, Strengthen bones, joints, and muscles. You could easily find an
illustration on how to do Surya Namaskar online!
Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
This asana may seem easy but puts a lot of your muscles to use and
increases blood flow in ways unimaginable. Find an illustration online and
get to it. Some key benefits of Utkatasana include reduction of weight from
buttock area, strengthens your lower back and torso, stimulates the heart
movement and diaphragm.
Become a human triangle! Trikonasana will give your body a complete
stretch, strengthen your muscles which expand and stretch with ease
against the pull of gravity. Some key benefit include: augmentation of
mental and physical stability, Opens up your groins, hamstrings, hips,
calves, spine, shoulders, and chest with a complete stretch, Stimulates
your abdominal organs, Cures anxiety and depression.
Dolphin Pose (Ardh Pincha Mayurasana)
Who doesn’t like dolphins? They are chirpy and happy mammals. This
pose is also sure to leave you happy and chirpy.Opens your shoulders and
hamstring to strengthen them and takes your mind and body to dive into
the sea of fitness & wellbeing. It is a highly effective posture to build
stability and strength.
Kapalbhati Pranayama (Frontal Brain Cleasing)
This ought to be the final breathing exercise to conclude a perfect anti-aging
yoga session, regulat Kapalbhati is sure to give you thousands of benefits of
yoga alone aging. Kapalbhati is a great way to keep your
mind, body, and spirit healthy. It is the most important yoga asana that can
help you in flattening your stomach and help you say goodbye to wrinkles.
Ought of tons of benefits of Kapalbhati here are a few: For a bright
intellect, Decompresses the cerebrospinal fluid and increases the
massaging effect on the brain, Improves natural breathing,Increases core
Please note: Make sure you practice Kapalbhati in the right way! Please
learn it properly from your gurus and if you do not have one then we are
just a click away to help.
Eight Right & Follow Yoga outside the mat
The bible of yoga clearly emphasizes that yoga is a lot to do with ones
lifestyle and the way they behave, act and live when not on the mat. So if
after your yoga workout you eat tons of junk, sleep late and wake up even
later, then the effects of your yogic practice will surely and significantly
reduce. Hence, the key to aging gracefully lies in practicing yoga all the
time right from eating to sleeping. Sage Patanjali said - food directly affects
the mind. Eating a bowl of fresh fruits will have a completely different effect
on your mind and body than eating a pizza with extra cheese. Similarly,
eating fried food cannot give the body what a wholesome ayurvedic diet
can provide. Thus, we at Adhiroha advice to follow a true yogic lifestyle
and take special care of the food that we serve and ensure that you get the
best and the most authentic ayurvedic diet at all times!
Some other importance tips backed by science to age with grace
Below are a few lifestyle changes you can adapt to stay healthy and age
- Make sure you sleep on time and get adequate sleep of about 6 to 8
hours daily -Balance your stress levels by doing things you love.
- Have a balanced diet with all nutrients and sources of energy
- Drink adequate supply of water and stay hydrated.
- Give your eyes and mind the rest they deserve by taking breaks in
between work - Maintain basic hygiene wherever you are - at your workplace, at home and also personally.
In the end, the most important thing is to be young in spirit and heart, do
what you want, feel special and bright everyday, and determine to live life
to the fullest no matter what!