By Mike Angere
We should all heed the Spanish proverb that says: A man too busy to take care of his heath is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
Technique: Stand with both feet together with the help of your right hand, raise the right leg and place sole of the right foot high up against the inside of the left thigh. Now, proceed to place your palms together. Try to be as still as possible. If you sway a bit, don’t worry. After all, trees sway, keep the breathing normal.
Duration: Stay in the posture from 10 to 60 seconds. Repeat with the left foot against the right thigh.
Benefits: The tree helps to develop, to the highest degree, the ability to mental concentration, poise, and physical balance.
Technique:Sit with both legs stretched in front of you. Bend the right knee and with both hands place the right leg at the back of the neck. Keep it in place with the left hand and put the right hand firmly down on the floor. Breathe normally.
Duration: Retain the posture for 10 or 15 seconds and change legs.
Benefits: The semi- tie-up stretches and strengthens the hamstrings, shoulders and back muscles. It also helps to message the abdominal area and burn fat the waistline.
Technique:Sitting on your heels, arrange the palms with the fingers pointing backwards, next to the toes. Now, raise up your body, hump up your chest and drop back the head.
Duration:Retain the Camel pose for 10 or 15 seconds. Rest a while and repeat.
Benefits: The wheel pose strengthens the thigh muscles while improving the flexibility of the back.
Technique:Sit with the fit stretched in front of you. Bend knees with the heels next to the buttocks. Now, place the hands at the back of knees.
Next, raise the feet a bit off of the floor and thrust both legs quickly in front and draw the back equally quickly without brushing the heels against the floor. Keep this forth and backward motions of the legs continuous.
Duration: Perform the rocking for ten counts, with each forth and backward movement counting as one. Rest a while and do another ten.
Benefits: The rocking strengthens the upper thighs and lower abdomen. It is also said to help facilitate sleep.