YOGA GURU: The Observer's yoga and wellbeing columnist Pushpa Bakshi at Spinnaker Park, Gladstone.
YOGA GURU: The Observer's yoga and wellbeing columnist Pushpa Bakshi at Spinnaker Park, Gladstone. Contributed

A new resolve for a healthy body and a stress-free mind

NOW we are coming to the end of the first month of the year, how many of you have actually stuck by any resolutions you made?

So, let's do a plan for the rest of the new year. A plan for your family, for yourself, for a healthy body and a stress-free mind.

The last two may seem easy to implement by including yoga practice in your resolution list. Here are six good reasons why yoga should be one of your resolutions - after all, it has been a trend for more than 5000 years.

Improved flexibility: In this world of quick fixes, fast food and speeding cars, we seem to have forgotten our traditional practices and ignored the fact that a stich in time saves nine.

A few gentle body yoga stretches in the morning can work wonders for your body. It wouldn't be too long before you came to know that your body had become more flexible.

A fitter body: Most of you would have 'going to the gym' or 'cycling' or 'reducing my waistline' on your resolution list.

Yoga can help take care of all your weight-related concerns. A few minutes of Kapalbhati Pranayama every day could improve your waistline immensely.

Surya Namaskar - a series of different yoga poses which work on the core muscles of your body -is a complete body workout and a few quick rounds every day would not only leave you fresh and energetic but also help you lose an inch or two. Please call me to find out more.

Sharp minds and sharp decisions: A hasty decision may sometimes lead to undesired results.

Some decisions require you to sit, think and re-strategise.

Yoga practices help you become a wiser and calmer person. You become capable of taking the right call at the right time.

Spending time with loved ones: Times are only getting busier, yet yoga can become an excuse for the whole family to take time out.

Decide on a fixed time when all of you can practice yoga together. It can be a fun way to nurture good values in your kids and keep fit.

Detoxifying yourself: Yoga works best when practised over a period of time. It is only with consistent practice that its benefits become evident. Detoxification of the entire body is one such benefit.

Regular yoga practice helps release stress and toxins deeply stored in the system.

Overall health: Blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, improper sleep, stress, osteoporosis - yoga has answers to all these. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.