Yoga expert Sabrina Merchant shows you how to use yoga to improve your mindfulness so you can focus better and reduce stress. Mindfulness is an essential aspect of yoga where one is trained to focus on what is happening in the present moment. Focus, concentration and balance can be difficult for some. Practising yoga helps to quite the mind and achieve higher levels of awareness. It not only enhances these skills but also makes the body flexible, improves immunity and builds confidence These five yoga postures can help improve concentration, manage stress and relax. All photographs: Sabrina Merchant 1. Vrikshasana This posture replicates the graceful, steady stance of a tree. How to do it Begin with the Mountain Pose. Stand with your back erect, chin parallel to the ground, hands close to your body and feet shoulder width apart,with hands together. Find a focus point with your eyes. When you are ready, shift your weight to the left foot and turn your ... » Learn More about 5 yoga poses to help you focus better
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Walking is a basic activity that our bodies are designed to do. Yet walking can be injury-prone unless done correctly. "Even though it is a low-impact exercise that requires no technical help, we need to monitor it because every step we take, either helps to strengthen our back muscles or can give rise to poor posture,” says Dr Swati Sanghvi, Head of Department, Advanced Physiotherapy, at Saifee Hospital, Mumbai. Walking is individual-specific and everyone has their own unique gait. But, there are certain ways to enhance everyone’s walking experience. Posture, foot motion, stride, and arm swing define a healthy walking style – the kind that does not leave you with upper neck or lower body pain, stiff knees, shin splints, pelvic spasms or aching ankles, says Dr Maninder Singh, Senior Consultantat at Delhi’s Indian Spinal Injury Centre. Get ready Most activities we perform are forward-bending. Therefore, it is important to stand tall and straight, not slouch or hunch while ... » Learn More about How to walk?
IMAGE: There is a possibility that India might play three pacers in the pink-ball Test. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter Pacer Umesh Yadav was, on Monday, added to India's squad for the last two Tests against England after he passed a fitness test, while Shardul Thakur was released to compete in the ongoing Vijay Hazare one-day Championship. The third Test, a day/nighter, starts in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. "Team India fast bowler Umesh Yadav appeared for a fitness test on Sunday, 21st February at Motera. He has cleared his fitness test and has been added to the squad for the last two Tests of the ongoing Paytm India-England Test series," said the BCCI in a statement. "Shardul Thakur has been released from the squad to take part in the Vijay Hazare Trophy," it added. Thakur plays for Mumbai. Yadav had suffered was a calf muscle injury during the Melbourne Test against Australia in December, ruling him out for the rest of that series. There is a possibility that India ... » Learn More about Umesh Yadav clears fitness test, added to India squad for last two Tests