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By Mona Gill

I have always been into yoga as everyone knows and lately it was more meditation as opposed to the physical practice of yoga. Which I still do but not as intensely. It is mostly taking control of the mind over body.

With all that said, diet does play a very important part. I have always known about the ayurvedic diet but recently was when I actually understood it more after being educated by someone who is living the ayurvedic lifestyle and has tempted me to make this a part of my health and wellness regime for longevity and a healthier lifestyle.

What is Ayurveda?

It is made up of our physical, emotional, lifestyle including the foods we eat and times we go to sleep etc.

They are made up of our doshas called Vata which is air and ether, Pitta which is fire and water and finally Kapha which is earth and water.

By knowing what our doshas are, we can customise our yoga practice accordingly. It brings immense benefits and maximum results .

Firstly find out what your dosha is.

There are 3 types :-

Vata– those under the vata dosha are very active physically and mentally.

Vatas usually experience imbalance through anxiety, skin dryness and also have difficulty sleeping.

Yoga can help with these imbalances by practicing certain postures that help in grounding them.

Asanas recommended for these are spinal twists, mountain pose , headstands and any kind of inversions will help. Also slow, calm breathing is important to cultivate self care and also stillness .

Vatas should be eating more foods rich in protein,fat, warm, moist and oily. That balances out the excess vata.

Basically Vatas should emphasize sweet, sour and salty flavours and minimise pungent, bitter and astringent foods.

For examples Vatas can have eggs, buttered toast, avocado for breakfast

Or hot cereals with ghee and sliced almonds

Lunch can be yellow dhal with naan or rice and pasta with an oily dressing.

Ideal dinner for vatas can be avocado fried rice, soups and stews.

Pitta– those in this dosha category are usually very passionate and courageous. They experience imbalance through anger, inflammation and competitiveness.

To help counter these imbalances, the yoga practice has to incorporate relaxing postures to release tension such as back bends and heart openers. Such poses would include the bow pose, camel and a full wheel pose to encourage patience.

When it comes to pitta doshas, their diet would include more raw fruits and vegetables. Since pittas have more internal heat it is best for them to have less spicy dishes like hot fiery curries and more cooling foods instead. Less caffeine and alcohol is also advisable.

Suggested meals would be: breakfast would include raw fruit salads, oatmeal with ghee and chopped almonds and some maple syrup to taste.

Or avocado and egg whites (recommended) with toast.

Lunch: purple cabbage ( sauteed with ghee), lentils with whole grain bread

Or avocado fried rice

Or whole wheat pasta with fresh vegetables

Dinner: vege /tofu/turkey burgers with avocado, soft cheese, lettuce and fries

Or green dhal with rice are great options!

Kapha -individuals under this dosha are very strong and stable. Their imbalances come through as procrastination, congestions (sinus or chest).

They usually need to be stimulated therefore poses such as sun salutations and some fast breathing poses will help stimulate some enthusiasm and also focus.

Kaphas generally should have less dense and heavy foods and go for foods that are light in flavour and airy.

Kaphas need foods that stimulate digestion and clears the channels of the body and also helps with sweating.

Kaphas definitely need to go easy on the sweet, sour and salty .

Examples of a kapha dbreakfast would be a baked apple/ stewed fruit with some rice porridge if needed.

Or rye toast with some unsweetened tea.

Lunch: lentils with a side of greens with some light flavors.

Dinner: quinoa with some lentils / or a rice and lentil porridge.

Or soups such as leek and potato with a light and refreshing flavour/ dressing such as ginger and lemon.

With all these doshas one is not better than the rest but it is important to feed your body what it needs so the better understanding you have of your doshas you can feed it the nutrition and practice what your body needs for longevity and health. It is important to be present with all of your meals and yoga practice to have a better of what foods and ingredients have an effect on you for a start.

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About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

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By Mona Gill

How can you integrate meditation into your weight loss journey?

I have been one to work out all the time for the last 14 years until I discovered the power of meditation in the last little while. For this to work you must have a healthy relationship with food and your body.

I truly believe that meditation not only helps with anxiety and reduces the levels of stress but it does also help with stabilising your hormones. Even if you are eating clean and working out consistently but have high levels of stress and can’t manage it well, you are going to have a hard time losing weight if that is one of your goals due to high cortisol levels. One of the biggest obstacles of weight loss is ourselves. Therefore, when we do embark on the traditional weight loss journey that includes working out and dieting, it tends to lead to short term results and also can contribute to low self-esteem and unhealthy eating habits. Thus, it is important to include meditation for long-term weight loss and to keep it off.

Meditation helps you become more aware of your mind and explores your motivations for weight loss and how you can get there. It also promotes self-love and compassion. Meditating does help us be more mindful and present while we are eating which is also self-care.

The best way to introduce meditation into your weight loss journey would be by taking small steps. Everyone experiences meditation differently so it’s important to not feel overwhelmed and start by just simply being mindful and more aware while eating, working and working out. When I say be more aware I simply mean being more present and slowing down, take note of what triggers your bad habits and what does slow your weight loss journey down. An example of a trigger would be eating too much dessert late at night or skipping breakfast. Once you have noted and practiced these steps, find a way to diffuse the situation, maybe take a walk when you feel like reaching out for desserts late at night or write down your emotions in a journal. This is self-love and self-care. If affirmations work for you, write them down or close your eyes and say them out loud and visualise your end goal. It is important to take care of your entire being for the mind and body to connect or it will always be a vicious cycle when it comes to a healthy long-term weight loss journey.

Meditation is the greatest thing you can do for yourself to achieve optimum health, reach your goal weight, happiness and also self-love.

Even if you are busy do find time every single day to take care and not neglect yourself, because once you are able to integrate meditation into your daily life, you are able to understand how to apply this in all aspects of your life and find true inner peace.

Namaste

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

Article is extracted from “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Yoga” written by Joanna Thomas.
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Now that you have a little bit of history on yoga and some insight into what it can do for your health… you’re all ready to waltz into your first class full of knowledge.

But what class should you choose? There are quite a few forms of yoga that are perfect for beginners, and chances are there’s a yoga studio or gym near you that offers at least one.

Let’s discuss a few different types so you can decide what’s right for you!

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga is a form of yoga that focuses heavily on flowing movement and connecting the breath to the movement. Ashtanga means “eight-limbed” in Sanskrit. You do not need eight limbs to practice it.

A few good points about Ashtanga Yoga…

  • Good for beginners
  • Somewhat challenging poses – encourages flexibility and toning
  • The Ashtanga flow is always the same
  • Repetition makes it easy for beginners
  • Ashtanga is physically demanding, but nothing ridiculous
  • It’s a great work out!

Anusara Yoga

1. Set the Foundation and Open to Grace

This principle asks the student to be in the present moment when beginning their yoga practice. You must be open and receptive to your practice before asking your body for muscle energy. Basically, live in the moment guys. Keep your mind and your body on your mat.

2. Muscle Energy

The muscle energy principle asks for your outer body (skin and bones), to come into harmony with your inner (organs and muscles). This is not as stupid as it sounds. Making every part of your body to work together is what yoga is all about and that is all muscle energy is asking for.

3. Inner – Expanding Spiral

This principle asks for a widening spiral – or widening the back of the body through stretches and breathing. This creates further receptiveness and openness during your practice.

4. Outer – Contracting Spiral

The contracting spiral consists of poses that asks our body to tone, and our minds to strengthen. During this part of your practice, you’ll focus on narrowing the back of your body while toning the front. You’ll add muscle and power to your shoulders and hips.

5. Organic Energy

Organic energy is simply the energy that comes from within. When you are finished with your practice, you should feel good. Whether it’s physical or mental or both, your practice will leave you radiant and empowered.

Through the understanding, even if it’s a vague understanding, of the Universal Principles of Alignment, you can see where you’ll start and end up when choosing an Anusara class.

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar yoga is a fantastic form of very meticulous yoga, and focuses on the student achieving proper form. If you have to bend and twist your body into painful positions to hit the pose well then so be it!

I’m kidding. Iyengar actually includes a bunch of props to help students get into the perfect position. You’ll achieve full body alignment with the help of yoga blocks, straps and chairs.

I personally love Iyengar Yoga. Although not my favorite form, it’s good to take a class once or twice a month just to work on positioning. Yoga blocks are by far my favorite helper.

There isn’t a ton of cardio in Iyengar, but it’s really incredible how challenged you’ll feel when you’re trying to get yourself into each pose and then stay there. You’ll definitely sweat, and Iyengar is good for any beginner perfectionist.

Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga)

Celebrities like Kaley Cuoco and Kate Hudson love Hot Yoga, but is it for you? Hot Yoga is just what it.  sounds like…a yoga class held in a hot as heck room.

Before you say no way, let me just say that Hot Yoga is not only really fun, but works up a serious sweat and burns a ton of calories.

Hot Yoga is a form of Bikram Yoga, developed and trademarked by super yogi Bikram Choudhury. Bikram Yoga follows a specific rhythm of the same poses while a typical Hot Yoga class switches up the flow.

Why do they have different names?

Bikram got pretty irate with yoga studios worldwide for advertising Bikram classes but not following the Bikram flow. He handed out a few lawsuits and just like that, Hot Yoga was born. Yoga drama.

Some perks to Hot Yoga:

  • MAJOR calorie burn
  • Super popular and easy to find
  • Good constant flow with pose repetition

Hatha Yoga

For my little unadventurous beginners, we’ve finally reached the perfect yoga form for you! So, the term Hatha is widespread. It refers to any yoga class where the instructor teaches physical poses without focusing only on the mind.

That pretty much describes every yoga class in the world.

If you pick up your local yoga studio schedule, you will probably see a class or two marked as Hatha. Since the term is broad, you may have no idea what class it actually is.

Call to make sure, but typically if a class is labeled Hatha, it will be complete and total perfection for beginners looking for easy breathing and gentle poses. Great for anyone recovering from an injury, Hatha will loosen and lengthen your muscles.

You won’t be very sweaty and your calorie burn will be low but you will feel amazing.

Vinyasa Yoga

Oh, Vinyasa. My absolute favorite form of yoga ever. Coming from me, that’s a big claim to make.

Vinyasa means “to place in a special way”, and refers to the flow of poses that you’ll experience during a Vinyasa practice. You’re technically placing your body in a special way. Clever, right?

Vinyasa classes tend to move at a quick pace, but after one or two beginner classes you’ll be right on the ball. The whole practice exists on fluid movements, and every single movement is linked to breath. You can expect to hear quite a bit of “inhale, exhale” instruction from your teachers. This is a great reminder to breathe and will keep you energized throughout your practice.

Vinyasa has an energy level that you’d find in an Ashtanga class, but the flow of the poses is consistently different. You will leave your Vinyasa class sweaty and feeling great. I have to stress to beginners that during your first Vinyasa class, you might feel a bit unorganized because the flow is so constant. Don’t get frustrated! You will get it, I promise.

 

Restorative Yoga

There are many reasons that people decide to try yoga. If you’re attempting to get rid of some unwanted stress and nervousness, Restorative Yoga is for you.

Restorative Yoga is just what it sounds like. A completely revitalizing yoga practice for body and mind. If you can find yourself an hour long restorative class, I cannot stress enough that you should take it once a week.

This particular form of yoga is so relaxing that it does more for the nerves than a good night sleep or a nap. You regulate your breathing along with stretching your body and muscles.

Here is the best part of Restorative Yoga: You don’t even have to hold yourself up. I know, right?!

Your instructor will provide a variety of objects (blankets, rolls, blocks) to keep you in the passive, comfortable positions that Restorative Yoga is all about.

You can just sloth your way through class and stop at the snack bar for a coffee on your way out. That’s my kind of exercise.

If you’re anything like me, however, you might request that your instructor change the term “Corpse Pose” to “Dead Guy Pose”. It’s just a gentler name and less shocking to hear in such a relaxed environment.

By Mona Gill

How do you keep the holiday pounds off with all the yummy food, drinks and endless Christmas parties but still keep focused?

Here is what I do to keep in shape and feel great even with a little cheat meal during the festivities!

It’s important to change up your workouts every once in a while and I am very in-tuned with my body and am very aware of what I need to feel healthy and have mental clarity during the busiest time for me.  Lately I have been practicing more meditation.

Meditation helps quieten and control the mind especially during this time of the year as we start to reflect and put pressure on ourselves if we did not meet some of our goals and just overall tiredness as the year ends. It does help with a better night’s sleep, mental clarity and helps you keep focused especially if you visualise your goals during meditation. Depending on what and why you are meditating, some of us just need to set the tone of the day and accept how you are feeling at that given time and move on with the day.

With that said, I still want to feel great in my skin so here are my moves that help me keep the holiday pounds off.

Commando – 10 reps and it is important to hug your belly button into your spine for a strong core

Push-ups – 3 sets of 30 and make sure if you are on your knees your legs do not touch the floor

Burpees – 3 sets of 20 as this is the perfect total body workout especially if you are trying to lose weight and make sure your chest touches the floor for the correct form.

Crunches – 3 sets of 20 and raise your legs of the floor for added challenge

Jumping jacks – 3 sets of 50

Slow mountain climbers for a minute – make sure knee touches the elbow each time

Reverse plank for a minute – this is great for abs

Raised leg and arm plank for a minute

Cool down

Typically I do this in the morning and that just helps me kickstart the day.

Because it is fast paced like a HIIT workout I take Astaxanthin supplements to recover fast.

It helps with muscle recovery and has definitely help me keep my energy levels and immunity up during the busiest time of the year!

Happy New Year!

Namaste

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

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By Mona Gill

How do you manage your anxiety?

I seldom get panic attacks or an anxiety attack nowadays but once in a while they do sneak up on me. It can happen at the most random of times but mostly when and if I am overworked or have too many decisions to make and just basically overwhelmed.

Over the years I have managed to deal with anxiety my way which is through yoga. Remember that anxiety is not something that controls you. It is just a part of our human nature and some of us experience it more than others.

Yoga is a self-soothing technique that helps with anxiety. It really is about learning to manage your anxiety through self-care such as meditation, exercising and doing what calms you down.

Practising yoga does generally reduce heart rate by lowering blood pressure and helps calm your breath or at least be more aware of your breath.

With that said, the type of yoga you practice for the purpose to calm yourself does play a part. Strenuous ones are definitely not appropriate and you definitely should check in with your doctor before choosing yoga as part of your lifestyle or treatment plan to manage your anxiety.

To get started you do not need anything except a space where you can trust to fully be present. You do not even need to attend or join a class.

Here are some poses that will help you feel more at ease, grounded, aware and present when you feeling anxious and experiencing anxiety.

Child’s pose – this helps calm the nervous system as it promotes relaxation and conscious breathing

Headstand – I practice this one the most. It reverses the blood flow and because of that you focus your attention to your breath instead of the anxiety.

Warrior III – This challenging pose focuses on balance and strength. While in this pose, it helps redirects your focus back to you hence calming you.

Legs up against the wall – One of the most popular ones especially if you have taken a restorative class. All you have to do is lie on your back comfortably with your legs up against a wall and close your eyes for 10 minutes breathing normally and relaxing. This alone is enough to calm you down.

Tree pose – This basic standing balance pose helps with concentration and taking your awareness away from anxiety and drawing it inward towards yourself, mostly your inner self.

There are so many ways to manage anxiety through different forms of physical exercise, nutrition and sometimes even sleep. These factors all play a part in managing anxiety, so it is important to try various treatment plans and see what works for you. It is a struggle but it does not have to take over your life. It is all about trial and error. It is important for overall wellness and health to feel free from anxiety and not let it take over your life.

Namaste

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

By Mona Gill

What does yoga mean to you? Yoga is amazing for both our minds and bodies and helps keep us healthy physically and emotionally.

To many of us yoga means the physical practice on the mat itself and even meditation. However without realizing, a lot of us do practice yoga off the mat in our daily lives. Even if you do not practice the asanas, we can still become yogis and practice this in our daily lives.

Here’s how:

Have a flexible mind – I like to say vibe with it and roll with the punches and obstacles thrown to you. Have an open mind and try and look at the glass as half full instead of half empty.

No expectations, no disappointments – This is important. Do not be manipulative or offer any form of help with expectations from other. If you truly want to help someone do it because you want to and not because you expect them to do the same or want something in return. Helping with no expectations is also good karma.

Listen to your body and be kind to it – Listen to what your body needs at that point in time. Nourish it with wholesome nutritious foods and eat clean. If you need more sleep or a warm bath or more exercise or more yoga, pay attention. Our bodies will always let us know what we need so be aware.

Be content – Be content with who you are and how you live your life. In today’s society we are notorious for comparing and trying to keep up with the joneses. But living like this is so toxic and stressful. Try to not compare with others and a good way would be to not surround yourself with negative people. Who you surround yourself with is so important for good energy in life and to be happy with what you have and count your blessings and be grateful. Attitude of gratitude and have an abundance of love in your life. It will take us far.

Stand up for what you believe in – Be true to who you are and do not be afraid to stand up to your beliefs.

Yoga is more than just the practice of asanas. It goes beyond that and it is how we live.

It is truly about being able to maintain harmony and balance in your everyday life no matter what obstacles you may face. Most of us already do it without it knowing.

Namaste

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife /yogamonadollsup

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By Mona Gill

Does it help or does it make it worse for individuals dealing with this issue?

I think like any exercises, it can be yoga, Pilates, or basically any forms of exercise that is practised by an individual that is dealing with eating disorders can be a bit of a paradox. The practice of yoga when practiced without expectation brings feelings of acceptance, body confidence and even celebrate our bodies but at the same time, this can also bring about feelings of depression and also fuel hatred for their bodies which can be dangerous in extreme cases.

Firstly, let us address what are the two familiar types of eating disorders.

  • Anorexia – A serious mental disorder, where people (usually females) have a strong need to lose weight, a feeling that they’re never good enough, often self-inducing starvation, excessive exercise, and many times engaging in other self-destructive behaviors.
  • Bulimia Nervosa – also known as simply bulimia, is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging. Binge eating refers to eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time. Purging refers to the attempts to get rid of the food consumed. This may be done by vomiting or taking laxatives.

Those with eating disorders are already critical of themselves and tend to have unattainable ideals. They already have body dysmorphia and may even practice several times a day. They may even take classes like hot yoga or  get so consumed in finding peace in a mediation class that it can lead to frustration which pushes them mentally and physically causing fainting in classes while on low calorie diets and liquid cleanses.  They are so consumed with looking a certain way based on the disconnection between body and mind. This can lead to more complicated health issues and even death at times. They struggle so much with a negative body image and feel the pressure of having to become thin and strong.

With that said, how can yoga help? Research has shown that practicing yoga and meditation can improve physical, mental and spiritual health as part of the treatment programme. It’s not the cure but it can definitely help regain some control of your mind, body and spirit. Yoga does reduce the stress, anxiety, depression and any form of mental or mood related disorders. So, it is important to practice yoga in conjunction with pharmacological and psychological interventions for those with eating disorders so that it is beneficial for them during their treatment. Bear in mind though that recovery from eating disorders is a long and slow process. Any sort of trauma or stress can trigger relapses so it is always important to get to the root of the issue to address the possible causes of Anorexia or Bulimia.

Practicing yoga is definitely great for the recovery process and it is important to figure out some goals during this time. It could be accepting one’s self, building on self confidence, respecting yourself and personal boundaries and also be able to get uncomfortable and accept that this is part of your journey and it is nothing to be embarrassed about.

As part of any treatment, yoga should be done only if your doctor has given consent and under the supervision of a certified yoga instructor.

Namaste

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

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Indulging a bit much lately? Well no one likes a hangover. It sets you back on being productive and just makes us feel miserable actually.

As a yoga practitioner, I find the best way to cure a hangover besides sleeping it off it is to do some easy yoga poses to help accelerate the recovery process.

Here are my tips to cure a hangover right at home.

Corpse pose: Who does not like this pose? All we want to do when we are hungover is to lie down as it makes us feel better. Lying on your back helps with this because it also reduces headaches and tension. Do use a pillow or folded blankets to support your head in this position, close your eyes, breathe and melt into your mat.

Child’s pose: This is one position I get into when I have a headache or feel tensed in general.  Relaxing into this position helps calm the nervous system and regulates blood pressure especially after a night out.

Seated half spinal twist: If you feel alright to sit up in a comfortable crossed-legged position, place one hand behind you on the mat close to you right spine. Place the other hand on your knee for support and twist in the opposite direction. Close your eyes and breathe.

If you are lying down, draw one knee into your chest and pull across your body. Use your opposite hand as a support and extend your other arm to the side. Turn toward the direction on the extended arm. Breathe deeply and close your eyes and melt into your mat.

Both these twists in general are great for detoxing, gets rid of toxins and aids in digestion and helps reduce bloating. It also stretches and energizes your spine and cleanses internal organs.

Legs up against the wall: One of my favourites. This particular asana one helps in lowering blood pressure, relieves headaches and tension. Do use a firm pillow or blankets as a support below back and relax from head to toe.

Standing forward bend: This one seems like effort, but it helps regulate blood pressure especially after a night of drinking. It also helps with stress and a stuffy head, and all the symptoms we experience during a hangover.

Do all these poses / asanas for about 3 – 5 minutes each. Focus on your breath and really relax. At the end of it, hydrate hydrate hydrate and maybe have a turmeric infused latte if you can. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce inflammation. I also like to take some extra antioxidants from Astavita.sg that contain astaxanthin, which also have anti-inflammatory properties to help speed up the process. You will be saying goodbye to your hangover in no time if you follow these tips.

Hope these tips and tricks help you as much as they help me.

Good luck.

Namaste,

Mona Gill

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

By Mona Gill

Do you feel stiff upon waking up sometimes? Most of us usually spring out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off! How about taking a few minutes upon waking up to stretch your body, especially your upper body, to really get into those tight areas. I guarantee you’ll feel more refreshed, less tired and less stiff.

The most important point to remember is your breath. Your breath is vital as you stretch, as the fuller your breath, the deeper you stretch and wake up these tight areas.

So here are 5 basic yoga poses you can do in bed for upper body mobility.

1) Side body stretch – Sit up, both hips on your bed. Try to not let one hip left as you stretch. Raise your hands up and then gently stretch from one side to another creating space between your ribs as you breathe deeper into your pose.

2) Seated Twist – Seated in comfortable crossed-legged position, place one hand on the opposite knee and the other hand behind your spine. Inhale and feel yourself grow tall and as you exhale, twist. It is important to remember to initiate this twist from your belly. Repeat on the other side.

3) Chest Stretch – One of my favourites! Seated in a comfortable crossed legged position, interlace your fingers behind you, palms together as this keeps the stretch in an active state. Arc you back and puff out your chest. Inhale and exhale in this position. I like to move my arms side to side or up and down if am feeling more flexible that day.

4) Triceps Stretch – With your arms overhead, draw your elbows up towards the ceiling as you inhale and feel the stretch all the way from the sides of your body and your shoulders. Remember to consciously try to draw your shoulders away from your ears during this stretch.

5) Seated Cat-cow / Back stretch – Interlace your fingers together in front of you pressing your palms together. Round your back as much as you can and lower your chin into your chest as you breathe in. As you breathe out, face your palms away from you and arch your back.  Do this several times. Move your arms up and down if you are move flexible. This helps create space through your back.

These basic yoga stretches will kick start your day and also awaken your body. All you need is 10-15 minutes and the best part is that you can do it right in the comfort of your bed.

Go ahead and give it a go and hope you enjoy!

Namaste

Mona G

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

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