Gargi College lecturer Rashmi Bhardwaj often suffered from depression. She tried gyming and even joined a salsa class to get rid of her negative thoughts. “And though these things helped a bit, they left me a lot exhausted,” she says. That was when a friend advised her to start doing yoga. “It has been nearly eight months now and, believe me, I am a lot happier. Yoga has taken away all my negative thoughts,” she says.
Bhardwaj is not alone. There are many like her who have started doing yoga to cope with the daily stress and strain of pressure jobs and hectic lifestyles.
If Roopa Pal Chowdhary and Monica Kakkar wanted to lose weight, severe acidity troubled Neetu Gupta. Similarly Seema Chowdhary wanted to get rid of her joint pains while Shalu Khanna “wanted to learn how to breathe properly”.
More and more people are turning to yoga for health reasons. And it is not just old and senior citizens who do these asanas, but even the young and hip.
Another attraction these days is Power Yoga. Power Yoga is a combination of traditional yoga with dynamic exercises. It places demands on all of the muscles, boosting circulation and improving muscle tone. It involves a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga, and puts emphasis on strength and flexibility.
“Power Yoga is a combination of traditional yoga with dynamic exercises. It places demands on all of the muscles, boosting circulation and improving muscle tone,” says Noida-based yoga instructor Kanta Prasad. “But this is something which is done by people who are already fit, for increasing stamina,” he says.
“These days when even the young ones are falling to prey to critical ailments, it is therapeutic (health) yoga to which they are turning to,” he adds. “The most common problem with which people come to us is stress. And yoga really helps,” he says.
“The health yoga should be done under the supervision of professionals. Patients of depression, arthritis, asthma, sinus, BP, and migrane can feel the difference within 10-15 days of doing these exercises,” says Dr Mohan Kumar of Yoga Guru that runs classes across Delhi and NCR.
“Gyming helps just the physical body, while yogic exercises help in overall improvement. Ideally, one must go for a walk in the morning and perform yoga in the evening,” says Dr Rajesh Mishra, who has been teaching yoga for the last 17 years.
“The results show slowly, but the benefits are for life. Yoga just doesn’t work on one part of the body like gym exercises but these asanas cleanse the whole system,” says Pradeep Singh Solanki of Yoga on Call, another centre that offer yoga classes in Delhi. “And effects remain even after one has stopped doing yoga,” he adds.
Doing yoga in groups is cheaper, it costs about Rs 1,250-1,500 per month. Apart from learning in groups at the varied yoga studios, one can also learn in the privacy of her/his home. Most yoga instructors are ready to pay home visits, though at a higher price. Home visits are costly Rs 250-350 per class.
The best time to do yoga is early morning. But there is no hard and fast rule. Only it should be done on empty stomach, about 2.5 hours after having food.