The best part about yoga is that it’s like a flea market — there’s something for everyone. It’s the perfect exercise to address some or all of your body’s requirements and it can be customised for every individual. It also happens to be a fitness routine Aditi Rao Hydari swears by, which she first started learning as a child in a boarding school.
Chennai: According to her, yoga helps nourish the mind and heart and improves concentration, focus and discipline. “It keeps me very agile and flexible but most of all, it keeps me very happy,” she said in an interview. There are five exercises she does frequently:
Suryanamaskar: She practices the classic version and a more advanced one, which she repeats five times each for the feeling of ultimate relaxation.
Urdhva padmasana: “Hold this position for five seconds to strengthen upper body,” she recommends.
Kalari kicks: Aditi learnt this martial art originating from Kerala when she was in boarding school. She mixes up some stretches and movements from it with yoga to create the perfect exercise routine. Repeating these kicks a dozen times helps in increasing balance and flexibility.
Urdhva dhanurasana: This asana is great to strengthen the back and arms.She had to say, “Yoga is not just a way for me to stay fit but is the key to being a balanced individual. It makes me as happy as dancing and music do.”
Shirasana: Finally, headstands help strengthen the back and increase flexibility. On a concluding note, she said, “I don’t know a life without yoga and I recommend it to everyone else.”