Bengaluru: A mother does all she can to keep her children healthy. It's time for us to honour the tireless efforts of that wonderful woman in our lives and take care of her health. This Mother's Day, try these easy and fun asanas with your mom:
1. Konasana (Angle Pose):
Formation: Sit facing each other and hold her hands. Spread your legs apart as wide as possible. Place your feet at your mother's shin, ask her to breathe softly and gently push her legs further apart. Ensure that you're gentle and don't push too hard. After you hold the pose for 30-60 seconds, ask your mom to repeat the same for you.
This pose will not only help you bond with your mom but also make your hamstrings flexible.
2. Naukasana (Boat Pose)
Formation: Sit facing each other, bend your legs and join your feet. Hold your hands firmly and slowly try to straighten your legs and back. In case you're unable to straighten your legs fully, keep them half-bent. Look at your toes, breathe softly, and remain in the pose for 30-60 seconds.
This asana will strengthen your back and increase flexibility.
3. Ardha Chandrasana variation (Half-moon pose variation)
Formation: Stand facing each other and hold your forearms firmly. Without bending your knees, inhale, and gently bend back as much as your body allows. You may keep your feet shoulder-width apart for better balance. Come back up when you need to exhale.
This pose strengthens your back and increases lung capacity.
4. Sukhasana (Happy Pose) with a back twist:
Formation: Sit with your back facing your mother's back. Cross your legs and straighten your back. Keep your left palm on your right knee, inhale as you twist your waist, and place your right palm on your mother's left knee. Ask your mother to copy what you did. Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds and repeat the same on the other side.
This pose will prevent your knees from stiffening and will tone your waist.
5. Sukhasana (Happy pose):
Formation: Sit straight with your backs facing each other. Cross your legs and place your upward-facing palms on your knees. Inhale and exhale in a 1:1 ratio for five minutes. You could also practice Anulom Vilom or Udgeeth Pranayam.
This practice calms your mind and relaxes your body.
Make her joyful and take care of her health not just on her special day but throughout the year.