Reverse the effects of ageing with yoga

Practise these asanas to be in shape, keep your body healthy and prevent those wrinkles and fine lines.

With our fast and on-the-go lifestyle, we are always saturated with work and distractions. The mental stress leads to premature aging. As we grow old, we lose strength and flexibility but we fail to make it to the gym and workout as that leads to further physical exhaustion. How do we break this vicious cycle? The answer is simple--Yoga.

Yoga increases blood circulation in the body, cleanses and detoxifies organs, brings about flexibility, builds up strength and helps you unwind. All these benefits lead to longevity and prevent premature aging. Here is a list of simple yoga practices and postures by yoga expert Akansha Jhalanithat can help rejuvenate you and turn back the clock.

#1 Meditation

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Meditation brings about awareness, discipline and stability. It reduces stress, helps you unwind and relax. Meditation is nothing but sitting in the right posture while watching your breath.

Steps to meditate:

  • Sit in cross-legged fashion, placing your palms on your knees facing downwards and keeping your spine erect. This posture is called sukhasana or the happy pose.
  • Sitting in sukhasana, watch your breath carefully, breaking down the inhalation and exhalation.
  • Do not try to control any thought and just concentrate on your breath. Practicing this on a daily basis can go wonders. Here is a 10-step meditation guide for beginners.

#2 Vrikshasana or the tree pose

Vrikshasana or the tree pose helps bring balance, poise, build strength and improve focus.

Steps to do the pose:

  • Stand erect with your chin parallel to the ground, eyes fixed on a point and toes together.
  • Now as you inhale, raise your left foot from the ground and place it on your right calf or thigh as high as you can reach with the toes pointing down.
  • Simultaneously, raise your hands and join them in a Namaste position above your head.
  • Hold the posture for as long as you can and release.
  • Repeat with the other leg.

Tree pose

#3 Virabhadrasana II or warrior II pose

Warrior pose is a great posture to build strength and flexibility. It tones muscles and increases stamina.

Steps to do the pose:

  • Stand straight on a yoga mat.
  • Now keep your heels apart at a distance of 3-4 feet in between them.
  • Inhale and extend your right foot and raise your arms parallel to the ground.
  • As you exhale, bend your right knee forward to an angle of 90 degrees and keep the left leg elongated.
  • Hold the posture for a few consecutive breaths and release.

Virabhadrasana II

#4 Adho mukho svanasana or downward facing dog

The downward facing dog pose is the most commonly known pose with a variety of health benefits. It helps you get a glowing skin, gives you a great stretch, opens up the joints and decreases anxiety.

Steps to do the pose:

  • Lie on your stomach.
  • Now, place your palms near your ears and point your toes downwards so that your heels are facing the ceiling.
  • As you exhale, push off your hands so that your buttocks are pointing towards the sky to make an inverted 'V'.
  • Now push back onto your feet so that they lie flat on the floor. You will feel a stretch on your hamstrings.
  • Practice this every day and you will slowly increase your flexibility and be able to flatten your feet.

Downward facing dog

#5 Pranayama or controlled breathing

Pranayama techniques are simple breathing exercises that have a range of health benefits. Deep breathing technique like anulom vilom or alternate nostril breathing can help prevent and cure the body of diabetes and varied disorders.

Steps to perform anulom vilom or alternate nostril breathing:

  • Start by sitting in sukhasana or the easy pose.
  • Close the right nostril with your thumb and gently inhale through the left nostril.
  • Then close the left nostril with your ring finger and exhale fully through the right nostril.
  • While the left nostril is still closed, inhale fully through the right nostril. Finally, exhale through the left nostril with the right one closed.
  • Perform these steps thrice.

Anulom vilom 1

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