With the coronavirus lockdown and emergence of a new concept of ‘work from home’, it feels as if we are living at our work from the moment we wake up till the time we hit the hay. The body and mind can undergo a major burnout at the end of the day due to long hours of sitting and an unhealthy amount of screen time.
Yoga can serve to be a rejuvenating exercise for post-work hours to relax the muscles, the spine and most importantly, the brain. It is recommended to do the following postures in the evening before dinner.
- Marjaryasana or Bitilasana: This pose is done on all fours and is helpful in stretching the spinal area. Cat pose stretches the back torso and neck. Cow pose stretches the front torso and neck. They aid in massaging the spine and relieving the stress.
- Apanasana: This knee-to-chest pose is a calming, restorative pose. The long stretch in your back will help to soothe lower back tension, gain the digestive, bloat-fighting benefits and feel mentally lighter as you let stress float away.
- Supta Matsyendrasana: The twisting of your abdominals can help in the restoration of digestive health and also provide a soft internal ‘massage’ for your organs. Stress can lead to knotting up your insides. This twisting pose is a fantastic beginner’s heart-opening pose to wring it out like a wet rag and feel lighter for the mental release.
- Viparita Karani: It is a restorative pose that can help to soothe overheated condition of the body, move the lymph, reduce swelling in feet and cool the nervous system. It gives the front of the torso, back of the legs, and the back of the neck a good stretch and is helpful in relieving a mild backache.