Has anyone heard of Hindu-Push ups? If you haven’t, let me explain the benefits. In doing research for an article I wrote a while back concerning Yoga, I came across on a unique form of an upper body exercise known as Hindu-Push ups. Immediately, I was intrigued by the name as I knew anything Hindu will inevitably be from India and as such may be related to Yoga.
Yoga loosens up large muscles, so they aren’t stressing smaller muscles and bones resulting in injuries. It also loosens up joints and improves circulation, which is good for health.
The procedure is to go through a contortion which stretches the large muscles causing them to loosen up. As the largest muscles loosen up, the force shifts to smaller muscles. If the position is held too long, a small muscle could get injured.
So when muscles are real stiff, a position should only be held for a few seconds. Under these conditions, you should feel your way through the exercise. Instead of trying for perfect form, you just bend enough to add some force to the largest muscles. Then you shift weight a little moving the force around to different muscles. After that, return to a resting position for a few seconds.
I clicked on the associated link and came across a description of a totally different kind of push up. Now, although I’m big into exercise and health, one exercise I never really cared too much for is doing push-ups, I just never liked them and only did them occasionally out of necessity.
However, these Hindu Push ups seemed different and the benefits associated with them actually sold me to try a few out on the spot.
While doing, it, makes you breathe deeper which is always good and strengthens the entire body while making sure you dont get all stiff with zero flexibility, I think it deserves my vote as well as anyone else. These by the way were all the reasons I picked up Yoga.
Well, that’s what the Hindu-Push ups do.
Here is the technique and like me, after reading this next paragraph, take a pause and try 2-3 out right quick.
-Get on all fours.
-The starting position is with legs spread wide and butt up in the air.
-From there, bend your elbows as in a regular push up, bringing your back down in a circular arc
-Straighten your arms and end up with your chest up and your hips almost touching the ground.
When done properly and combined with deep breathing (breathing in on the way down and exhaling-looking up) Hindu push-ups build amazing lung power as well as incredible upper body strength and endurance. They also improve flexibility in the shoulders and hips as well as the upper and lower back.
When I first got interested by this exercise, I put 2 and 2 together and it dawned on me that. These are Hindu Push-ups right.
How to do Hindu yoga push ups
The starting point is Downward Facing Dog and the ending point is The Cobra Pose and its execution is so similar to positions 6-8 of the Sun Salutations
These factors considered, I concluded that this is simply well combined Yoga poses in motion so I can get the best of both worlds. The Yoga poses I like to to do for the day, is just simply do the sun salutations, the corpse pose and these Hindu-Push ups.
In addition, I alternate this combination of exercise now and still feel like I’m pretty much doing Yoga, maybe different styles a day. The main factors are that I’m getting my exercise, I love what it is and it is working great for me.
You should try it out and see how it works for you but trust me, with at least the Sun Salutations (Yoga warm up) and These Hindu Push-ups (2 yoga poses in motion), my friend you cannot go wrong for a total body workout again through Yoga.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a complete science of life that originated in India many thousands of years ago. It is the oldest system of personal development in the world encompassing the entire body, mind and spirit. It is the union between a person’s own consciousness and the universal consciousness.
The Ancient Yogis had a profound understanding of human nature and of what they need to live in harmony with himself and his environment. They perceived the physical body as a vehicle, with the mind as driver, the soul as human’s true identity, and action, emotion and intelligence as the three forces which pull the body-vehicle. In order for these to be integrated, these three forces must be in balance.
Taking into account the interrelationship between body and mind, the Yogis formulated a unique method for maintaining this balance – a method that combines all the movements you need for physical health with the Breathing and Meditation techniques that ensure peace of mind.
Yoga may seem like the fabled elixir of life – a cure-all solution to man’s daily problems and concerns such as illness.
Actually, the benefits that Yogis or Yoga practitioners have been experiencing for thousands of years are only being gradually proven by medical science now.
The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.
The asanas of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. The desire for greater personal freedom, Health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world.
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.