"Yoga is the perfect way to stay energized, calm and be a total rockstar on your wedding day. A consistent yoga practise is the best way to keep your spirits up, and here are five postures that you must include in your routine," says Namita Piparaiya, yoga and Ayurveda lifestyle specialist, founder of Yoganama.
So, here are her recommendations to make sure you feel and look your best while planning your D-day.
Crescent Lunge or Ashta Chandrasana
This is a standing hip opener and a backbend, which makes it a vital pose to deepen your practice and to find balance and stability. It is said that we store emotions in our hips as they connect to our nervous system's fight and flight response. That is why, including this posture in your routine can also help you feel calm and balanced.
Wheel Pose or Chakrasana
This is a rejuvenating backbend that activates the entire spine and helps you be more creative. You will be meeting and interacting with many people on this occasion, and an open and joyful heart is the best way to build a lasting connection. That is what wheel pose can help you achieve. If this pose is challenging, Melting Heart Pose or Anahatasana can be practised as an alternative.
Standing Hand to Big Toe Pose or Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana
This is an excellent posture to find focus and balance. Single leg balances are a perfect way to refocus your energies, especially when we are anxious. In particular, this posture also requires strong control and awareness, which is just what is needed to refocus our thoughts.
Four limbed Staff Pose or Chaturanga
Weddings can be overwhelming, and it is natural to feel disoriented; this posture can help you feel healthy and reassure you that you're in control. When fear and doubt creep in, remember that you are strong and capable enough to lift yourself out of any situation!
Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana
If you're feeling low on energy or in a mellow mood, then this is the posture to go for two reasons. One, it creates a sense of calm and relief. It positions the heart above the head, similar to what happens in a headstand. From an energetic perspective, it can help us shift our perspective and refuel our depleted energy reserves.
Last but not least, always conclude your yoga session with pranayama and meditation to supercharge the benefits you'll get from your practice.