Designed to Marriage is a divine union, an institution where two individuals come together and live life to enjoy the bond of family. Two families, their values and thoughts, bond together from this union, and a new generation is created to enter the world.
In the past, great attention was given to finding the right partner for bearing strong progeny. This progeny was valued for its genetic build-up of health, virtuosity and divinity to ensure the life of familial values in the generations to follow.
In child rearing and the home, the woman contributes majorly. She is the support system and the foundation of the home. Naturally blessed with the qualities of love, sensitivity, caring, compassion, and multitasking, a woman converts a house of bricks into a loving abode of peace and recovery.
Yoga is the journey of the union of the body, mind and breath, undertaken by invoking the celestial forces within one’s self to unite with the divine. Beginning before one’s birth, the journey of an individual acquires its first impressions from the state of mind of both the parents at the time of conception. Through its stay in the mother’s womb, the child experiences the emotions of the mother, and stores them within itself. Through the nourishment it receives, the child derives feelings of happiness, pain, sorrow, anger, fear, frustration, peace, contentment and many more.
Practicing yoga helps the mother stay contented, peaceful and happy which helps her child feel secure and loved. It has been proven that yoga helps in the physical and psychological development and emotional wellbeing of children whilst in the mother’s womb.
Today we are going to look at the Upavistha Konasana. Inspired by the traditional grinding stone used by women in olden times to mill grains into flour, this asana keeps the body in ideal shape and facilitates easy labour as it strengthens the pelvis.
This asana, though simple to practice, is a mine of treasures and is helpful for both women and men. It stretches the hamstrings and ensures good pelvic circulation that prevents the development of hernia, and cures milder cases. It is very useful in relieving sciatic pains and controls and regularizes the menstrual flow by stimulating the ovaries.
Indeed, the Upavistha Konasana is a panacea for women during the three milestones they encounter in life: adolescence, pregnancy and menopause. Practicing it during all three times is a blessing for different problems.
The forward bending variation of this asana tones the abdominal organs and keeps them free from sluggishness. It helps the kidneys, rejuvenates the spine and improves digestion. Increased social life and unhealthy eating habits abuse our abdominal organs, leading to a number of diseases. Sages of the past maintained that the abdomen was the seat of desires, and the house of diseases. Their health was essential for longevity, happiness and peace of mind. Thus they practiced forward bending asanas to keep the abdominal organs healthy.
The pelvic region is the seat of water, which forms 70 per cent of our body. It is the frame which creates our separate identity related to gender. An imbalance in this element and energy centre on the physical and physiological level leads to problems with the sex organs, inflammation of the body, dehydration or water retention. As mental maladies, it can result in egotism, inferiority/superiority complexes and attitude problems.
The Upavistha Konasana helps to purify and balance the water element of the body and cleanses the energy centre within. When practiced with sacredness and the right attitude, it can change the composition of water within the body and contribute to the blood system.