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Yoga & Wellness

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:22 AMJessica Harrison - Lifestyle Writer
Lord of the Dance (Natarajasana). Look at Andrea’s balance.
Lord of the Dance (Natarajasana). Look at Andrea’s balance.

It’s been a long day, you’re exhausted and perhaps the children need you to review their homework. You just can’t seem to catch a break and relax. Maybe yoga is for you. For many years, people have used yoga as a means of exercise, relaxation, and spirituality. Some start out of curiosity and end up on a journey of strength, awareness, and harmony in the mind, body, and soul. Whatever your reason, yoga is beneficial to everyone as there are many asanas (postures), which cater to the beginner and the advanced-level yogis.

Meet Andrea Molnar, a Hungarian yogi living and teaching yoga in Jamaica at Afya Jamaica, which is a yoga, pilates, and dance studio located at 2D Bamboo Avenue, Kingston 6.

At Afya Jamaica, they believe that now, more than ever, there is a need to regain balance of body, mind and spirit. As you try to play your part in a healthy, harmonious society, Afya’s well-trained and certified instructors are happy to guide you along with regular practice to experience an increase in physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and a deeper awareness of self.

If you want to try yoga at home before you venture to the studio, Andrea suggests these easy yoga postures and their sanskrit names.

1 Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II): this pose strengthens the shoulders, arms, feet, ankles and legs, and stretches the ankles, legs, groins, chest and shoulders. Practicing Warrior II can help to aid digestion by stimulating the abdominal organs, and can relieve backaches. Warrior II also improves stamina, endurance, balance and concentration.

2 Lord of the Dance (Natarajasana) - is a standing, back-bending asana. It is derived from a pose in the classical Indian dance form Bharatnatyam. It strengthens the ankle and leg and stretches the thorax, abdomen, inguinal region, thigh and shoulder. It also aids in balance, backbend, standing and the opening of the chest.

3 Tree Pose (Vrikshasana) - is a balancing asana. It is one of the very few standing poses in medieval hatha yoga, and remains popular in modern yoga as exercise. It strengthens vertebral column, thigh, calf and ankle while stretching the thorax, inguinal region, thigh and shoulder

4 Will Pose (ardha purvottanasana) - Opens the chest, stretches the spine, shoulders, abdomen and hamstrings strengthens the core arms, wrists, legs and back

boosts energy and relieves fatigue.

All the best on your journey, Namaste.

jessica.harrison@gleanerjm.com