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Yoga asanas that will help you keep festival weight gain away

By Priyanka Verma 
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The most awaited festival of the year, Diwali is round the corner. It is the time when we enjoy ourselves to our fullest and indulge in some of our favourite foods. But is it possible to maintain your weight and still enjoy all the delicious foods? Yes, absolutely!

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Here are six simple yoga asanas, which can help you enjoy the festival guilt-free.

Urdhva kartala tadasana (Raised hands pose)

This asana is a simple standing asana, in which a person stands in samasthiti and engages their full body with the earth and sky. To do the asana, you have to stand straight and raise your hands in the air and stretch them upwards by interlocking the palms. The consciousness spread in the whole body energises every cell of the body. It increases blood circulation and improves agility along with strengthening the muscles.

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​Parsvakonasana (Extended side angle pose)

The asana is a side stretching asana. To begin with, stand with your feet hip-width apart and form a 90-degree angle from one leg and stretch the other in the opposite direction. Now bend towards the leg bent at 90 degrees and stretch the opposite arm above the ears, placing the other palm on the ground in front of the feet. The asana is great for developing overall strength and lung health.

​Ashwa sanchalan (Equestrian pose)

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It is a low lunge pose, which is also a part of Surya Namaskar. To perform the pose, the practitioner goes in a low lunge pose, lifting the chest up, pushing both the palms on the ground on the sides of the front foot. The asana improves digestion and metabolism.

Naukasana (Boat Pose)

The pose works on your side and front tummy muscles and helps strengthen your core.

To do the pose, lie down on the ground facing the ceiling. Keep your hands by your side and relax your shoulders. Keep your back straight. Now raise your hands and legs together from the ground, hold your belly. Reach a 45-degree angle till your body is in a V-shape. Hold it for 6 seconds and practice deep breathing.

​Veerbhadra asana (Warrior 2 pose)

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The warrior 2 pose begins from standing in tadasana and bringing the feet 3-4 feet apart, spreading the hands along with shoulder-length. Now press the feet in the ground by forming a 90-degree angle from one foot and stretching the other leg. This helps develop strength in the muscles and is a full-body engaging practice.

J​anu sira parighasana (Head to knee gate pose)

To do the pose, sit on the floor with both the knees stretched and one leg forward. Now bend to touch the head to the stretched leg’s knee. This asana stretches the posterior knee, the hips and the spine releasing blockages from the body.

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