Improve your blood circulation with these 6 beginner-friendly yoga asanas
Updated on:1 February 2021, 10:23am IST
If you are looking to improve blood circulation, then there’s no better remedy than yoga. Read on to know some simple asanas can help.
Grand Master Akshar
The body’s circulatory system ensures that all essential nutrients and oxygen is carried around within the body. To help this transportation process, the arteries carry blood away from the heart and veins carry blood back to the heart. The circulatory system is also responsible for carrying hormones to cells, and in charge of elimination of waste products like carbon dioxide from the body.
Changing your lifestyle
It is natural that your good health will depend on the lifestyle that you lead. If you follow an unhealthy lifestyle that includes improper nutritional intake, irregular eating habits and erratic sleep patterns, this can ruin your health in the long run. Food, rest, sleep and exercise are the pillars of good health, and we can add to our health by being watchful of our habits.
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Yoga asanas and pranayama need to become a part of your self-care routine. These practices can be especially beneficial, if you’re dealing with circulation issues. It is recommended that you try to hold each asana for the duration of 30 seconds, which is to be repeated for three sets each. The pranayama technique can be practised for a minimum of two minutes.
Stand with your feet hip width apart with toes spread and pointing forward.
Engage your calves and quads; engage your core and keep a neutral pelvis.
Keep your shoulders wide and relaxed.
Align your head, so your chin is parallel to the floor, and the crown of your head is directly over the centre of your pelvis.
Raise your arms over your head, keeping them shoulder width apart. Be sure to keep your shoulders relaxed and down, away from your ears.
Place your palms on your knees facing up (in prapthi mudra).
Inhale normally and focus on exhaling with a short, rhythmic and forceful breath.
You can use your stomach to forcefully expel all the air from the diaphragm and lungs by compressing it.
Inhalation should happen automatically while you decompress your stomach.
Yoga can play a crucial factor in affecting the function of blood circulation. As one of the most accessible types of exercises, it can be done by people of all ages. The postures in yoga are based on scientific knowledge to get your blood flowing. Movement brings more oxygen to your cells, which improves your health. Poses that are twisting in nature bring fresh oxygenated blood to organs. Inversions are useful as they reverse blood flow from the lower body to the brain and heart. Yoga asanas, pranayama and even meditation can be one of the best remedies for poor circulation.
Grand Master Akshar is an internationally acclaimed Spiritual yogic master. He is the founder, chairman and course director of Akshar Yoga and president of World Yoga Organisation. He is also the President of the International Siddha
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