Master yoga instructor Shraddha Iyer suggests four asanas to stay calm during lockdown

With over five years of yoga experience and a solid track record in the fitness industry for over a decade, Shraddha Iyer, Master Yoga Instructor at Sarva and Diva Yoga, founded by the entrepreneur based in Chennai Sarvesh Sashi and actor-model Malaika Arora, aims to make a difference in every individual she connects with. The Mumbai-based fitness expert, who is a follower of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga and is an IASH certified sound healer, talks about finding calm in chaos during this pandemic. She observes: “With a full house and lots of chores to do on top of working from home, multitasking and keeping a sane mind becomes difficult. Since we spend more time with family, which invariably means varying opinions and differences, it’s important to find calm in the chaos. Shraddha suggests making a routine for each day and sticking to it. “Part of the day should be spent on family and your daily chores and the other part can be spent on work. Also, it is important to do some form of exercise like Pranayam daily. All of this will help to soothe your mind,” she adds, recommending switching to the satwik diet. Shraddha, who believes in the power of healing through mind, body and soul, also stresses the importance of sleep and suggests practicing Yoga Nidra and Chandra Breda to combat insomnia.

She also lists four asanas that will help find the right mental balance.

Natrajasana (dance pose)

* Strengthens leg muscles.

* Helps increase concentration.

* Makes thighs, hip and abdomen flexible

* Strengthens ligaments and improves balance.

* Helps increase concentration.

* Helps release stress and brings calm especially to the mind

Vrikshasana (tree pose)

* Very effective in increasing concentration

* Strengthens the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the legs.

* Strengthens the ligaments and tendons of the pelvis and hip,

* Brings a sense of stability in the mind.

* Helps reduce stress

Balasana (child’s pose)

* Reduces anxiety and brings a sense of calm in the mind.

* Helps relax body and mind together.

* Helps stretch back muscles as well as thighs.

* It is often used as a resting pose between asanas as it stabilizes the whole body and calms the mind

Shirshasana (yoga chest)

* Helps relieve depression that comes to mind and relieve stress

* Stimulates the glands responsible for the production of melatonin which improves sleep

* Stimulates the master gland which is the pituitary gland which is responsible for many hormones in the body

* Strengthens the arms, legs and spine.

* Strengthens the lungs.

* Tones the abdominal organs.

* Improves digestion.