I Almost Stopped Yoga For This Till I Found Its Still Yoga

I Almost Stopped Yoga For This Till I Found Its Still Yoga

Has anyone heard of​ Hindu-Push ups?
If you haven’t,​ boy have I got news for you. Quite simply,​ they work (they almost made me forego yoga till I found it​ was actually Yogic) and you need to​ check them out.

In doing research for an​ article I wrote a​ while back concerning Yoga and Calisthenics,​ I stumbled 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.

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.

Now if​ an​ exercise inexplicably,​ puts a​ smile on​ your face while doing it,​ makes you breathe deeper (which is​ always good) and strengthens the​ entire body while making sure you don’t get all stiff with zero flexibility,​ I think it​ deserves my vote as​ well as​ anyone else’s. (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 pushup,​ 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 pushups 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.

Now,​ when I personally got so intrigued by this exercise,​ I put 2 and 2 together and it​ dawned on​ me that

1. These are “Hindu” Push-ups right? So they must be from India.
2. 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: Yoga (that I love) and Calisthenics (with its push-ups…which I can only tolerate).

That said,​ just like I wrote in​ another article,​ if​ my schedule doesn’t permit me to​ do all the​ Yoga poses I’d love to​ do for the​ day,​ I just simply do the​ 24+ rounds of​ 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’s warm up) and These Hindu Push-ups (2 yoga poses in​ motion),​ my friend you can’t go wrong for a​ total body workout again through Yoga.

In Friendship,​

Foras Aje

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