Yoga at home with family

Grand Master Akshar

Grand Master Akshar

Philanthropist || Spiritual Master || Lifestyle Coach || Yoga-preneur || Author

Home is where you head to at the end of each day for your peace and comfort. Your family is the source of solace and joy and adds meaning to your life. And Yoga can give us a sense of purpose in our lives filling it with hope and optimism. When you bring the two together, it makes the perfect recipe for health, love and happiness. Connect with your family through for physical and mental benefits including increased flexibility, strength, stamina, better immunity etc. here are some of the benefits of practising Yoga at home with your family.

Build Trust

When you share the art of yoga with your loved ones at home, you can improve your understanding of each other.  A common goal or interest can bring people together building trust and intimacy. Practice the qualities of honesty and openness even as you have fun on the yoga mat.

Learn and respect boundaries

Any shared activity is a process of discovery of yourself and your partner. And, yoga is no different. When it comes to practising yoga with others, you start learning what brings you together, and what sets you apart. Even with the differences, yoga is about accepting and loving one another whilst creating healthy boundaries and space for communication. This ensures respect in the relationship and establishes a strong foundation of mutual understanding.

Evolve together

No one enjoys your success more than your family. In this way, the yoga mat gives you the chance to motivate, support and encourage each other. It is a happy place meant for your evolution and growth as yoga focussed on self-improvement. Your behaviour on the mat is reflective of your values, and through practice you can transform into the best possible version of yourself.

Practice these simple asanas with your family and experience physical and mental benefits, boost your stamina, build positive energies and increase the bond that you share with your family. Try to hold each asana for 30 seconds, repeat up to 3 sets.

Sukhasana, image courtesy Grand Master Akshar

Sukhasana – Happy Pose

Formation of the posture

  • Sit in an upright position with both legs stretched out in Dandasana
  • Fold the left leg and tuck it inside the right thigh
  • Then fold the right leg and tuck it inside the left thigh
  • Place your palms on the knees
  • Form Siddha Mudra
  • Sit erect with spine straight

Ado Mukha Svanasana

Adho Mukha Svanasana, image courtesy Grand Master Akshar

Formation of the posture

  • Start on your fours, ensuring palms are under the shoulders and knees below hips
  • Lift the hips up, straighten the knees and elbows, and form an inverted ‘V’ shape
  • Now keep the hands shoulders width apart. Fingers point ahead
  • Put pressure on your palms and open your shoulder blades
  • Try to push your heels to the floor
  • Keep your eye focused on your big toes

Vrikshasana

Vrikshasana, image courtesy Grand Master Akshar

Formation of the posture

  • Begin in Samasthithi.
  • Lift your right leg off the floor and balance your  weight on your left leg
  • Place your right foot on your lift inner thigh as close to your groin as possible.
  • Support your foot with your palms to bring it in place.
  • After you find your balance, join your palms in Pranam Mudra at your heart chakra.
  • Raise your Pranam towards the sky.
  • Straighten your elbows and ensure that your head is in between your arms.
  • Repeat the same with the alternate leg
  • Hold this asana for 30 seconds

Santolanasana – Plank Pose

Santholanasana, image courtesy Grand Master Akshar

Formation of the posture

  • Lie on your stomach
  • Place your palms under your shoulders and lift your upper body, pelvis and knees up
  • Use your toes to grip the floor and keep the knees straight
  • Ensure that your knees, pelvis and spine are aligned
  • Your wrists must be placed exactly below your shoulders with your arms kept straight
  • Hold the final posture for a while

Create memories with your family while working on your physical and mental well-being. Spending time with one another can have a dynamic impact on your family. Partner or group yoga with your family can improve the quality of your relationship by increasing togetherness and understanding. Yoga is also an enjoyable way to blow off steam, share some laughs and learn new skills. This is a healthy and productive method to develop a meaningful connect with your family.

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