Athletes

Must Recovery Practices After Marathon

Eons of training result in your best ‘PB’ at any Marathon. Then comes a hiatus. This interlude is essential – for recovery and restoration. It is critical that the body reverts back to normalcy so as to enhance your performance in the next run without any injuries. Not paying attention to this ‘hiatus’ phase could …

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Attention Runners!! your knee and back problems could be a direct result of weak adductors

The job of adductor is to bring your legs together during the swinging movement of either walking or running, thereby, keeping your knees, pelvis & postural form in alignment. With weak adductors, knees tend to have a side way orientation during walking or running, creating all the misalignment by forcing the other muscle groups to …

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Tight Hamstrings -> Misaligned spine -> Increased Running Injuries

Sitting for long hours, leaning forward to work on laptop, reading or checking cell phone – all these seemingly non-consequential activities keeps our hamstrings in a short position for hours. Adding insult to injury, the tight hamstrings leads to spinal misalignment. This gives the first foothold to the ‘Beast’ that has been able to make …

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Entering the realm of Ujjayi Pranayama with Ujjayi Level-III

“Ujjayi is helpful for all ailments that originate from nervousness or chronic stress” – A systematic course in the ancient tantric techniques of Yoga and Kriya by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. In our series of Ujjayi Pranayama, we are entering the realm of Ujjayi Pranayama from simply Ujjayi Breathing with Ujjayi Level-3 practice. Hatha Yoga Pradipika, …

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Ujjayi (level-2) – The single most effective practice for High BP

The one Pranayama that contradicts the popular belief that ‘the benefits of yoga can only be experienced in the long term’, is Ujjayi Breathing. According to Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Ujjayi breathing is one such practice that show an immediate result in controlling the escalating level of Blood Pressure. I have personally witnessed this during many …

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Ujjayi – The Victorious Breath is called Victorious for a reason!!

One should ponder upon the multitude benefits of Ujjayi one receives, with deliberately constricted throat passage. And, then, contemplate upon the staggering rewards, the same practice will yield, if the said throat passage is left un-constricted and wide open. Ujjayi Pranayama is expounded as one of the important pranayama by Hatha Yoga Pradipika too. According …

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3rd plan towards Suryathon (108 Suryanamaskar) on International Yoga Day

Congratulations for coming so far!! Thanks for sharing your experience with me… Many are successfully able to complete between 45-50 Suryanamaskars by now. Check out the next set of practices for you. This time your Suryanamaskar performance is count predominant instead time predominant. Feel free to check the total time taken towards that. The target …

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Opening your Hamstrings and firing your Glutes with Uttanasana

The ability to be able to touch one’s toes without bending the knees is a coveted dream of many. It is a task in itself and would call for rigorous, systematic and consistent practice on the part of the practitioner. The good news – practicing it in the way explained above is bound to prepare …

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‘Toe pulled calf stretch’ to run fluidly & Injury-Free

Tight calves are one of the downsides of regular regimented running and leads to a multitude of problems, tendonitis being a major one. Getting your heels, high off the floor (you are almost on your toes) and then, consciously placing the heels back on the floor, by releasing the calf contraction brings great stretch and …

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When was the last that you took a normal tap water shower?

We work against our Respiratory System Take a few seconds to recollect when was the last that you turned your shower knob in the opposite direction for a cold-water bath? I am sure, most of you would have hard time figuring that out. Millennials and the older generation are, perhaps, the only ones who would …

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