Actress Malaika Arora is a fitness enthusiast and owns a yoga studio called Divayoga. The diva
keeps reminding her followers to take care of themselves and exercise to stay healthy.
Taking to social
media, as has been her weekly routine for two years now, Malaika shared
a glimpse of her exercise session where she was seen donning all-black
athleisure wear and sweating it out on a yoga mat. She said in the caption,
“Don’t let the heat get the better of you this summer, cool down with yoga
The diva added, “In this
week’s #MalaikasMoveOfTheWeek @malaikaaroraofficial 3 asanas that will
help you cool down the body. Try these asanas: Pigeon pose Cat cow pose Tree pose
#mondaymotivation #sarvayoga #divayoga #summerworkout #reels (sic).”
Here are the 3 yoga
Kapotasana or Pigeon pose
This impacts the
body right from your hamstring to your back. It stretches all your muscles if
performed in the right manner. In fact, this pose will stretch and open hip
muscles and boost flexibility all over the body. All in all, it is the best pose
to nurture tired muscles, calm your mind and increase flexibility and mobility.
how to perform this asana:
· Sit on the ground. Bring
your right leg in front of your body and keep it at a 90-degree angle.
your left leg backward, keep it straight out in line with your hip, lengthening
your inner thigh and foot facing down and your toes pointing back.
· Do not
forget to lengthen your spine before extending over the front leg (right one).
and lean forward and rest your head on the ground or back of your hand,
shifting your weight. Use your arms to support your weight if needed.
· Hold the pose for 1
minute and repeat on the other side.
Benefits: This asana improves posture and strengthens the
back muscles by stretching the front of the body and also the ankles,
thighs, groin, abdomen, chest, throat and the deep hip flexors. It is known to
stimulate the organs of the abdomen and the neck.
2. Cat-cow stretch or
This pose is an integral
point of many yoga warm-up sequences because it helps to boost energy and
release stiffness. Moreover, if you perform it at the end of your workout, it
will cool down all your major muscles, especially around the back and
shoulders. You can also perform it if you want to shed some belly fat.
how to perform this asana:
· Get on your all fours on
· Align your hands/wrists
underneath your shoulders and knees under hips, toes pointing backward.
and look up, dropping your abdomen down toward the ground while extending your
exhale and drop your head down, arching your spine towards the ceiling and
dropping your chin into your chest.
· Continue this movement
for at least 1 minute or repeat this pose 15-20 times.
Benefits: Apart from supporting the back and easing pain,
this exercise helps maintain a healthy spine by helping in improving
circulation in the discs in your back. The calming pose works as a good
stress-reliever apart from helping to improve posture and balance.
pose or Vrikshasana
If you find it difficult
to strike the right balance in life, try vrikshasana. This pose is known to
improve the balance between your mind and body. Moreover, it helps to
boost energy in your legs, back and arms. It relaxes the muscles and releases
how to perform this asana
· Stand straight and take
a samasthiti position. Chin slightly up and keep your core a little
· Now slightly bend and
lift the right leg up and place the right foot on your inner left thigh.
sure your left leg is straight and balanced.
· Don’t forget to keep
your back straight otherwise you’ll not be able to balance.
· Slowly extend your arms
upward in a namaskar position at your heart chakra.
· Now, take 5-10 breaths
keeping yourself still.
your legs’ position. This time with your left leg going up to the right thigh.
Benefits: This asana helps to bring
balance to your mind and body. It makes your legs stronger and is a great hip
opener as it assists the body in establishing pelvic stability and strengthens
the bones of the hips and legs.
The shift of the entire
body’s weight to each leg strengthens the ligaments and tendons of the feet. It
also helps strengthen the thighs, calves and ankles and improves focus.