Hi friends, happy Monday! How was your weekend? I am pretty beat from working at the studio so I am going to keep today’s post short. Lately, I haven’t been going to yoga as often as I would like — heading to class this morning though! I miss it — I love detoxifying in the hot room and being led through a practice by some of my favorite instructors. Rather than cry about it, I have started to do some practicing at home, which involves focusing on stretching and my breath.
Often it is not for longer than 5 or 10 minutes, but I can feel the difference in my body and mind after just this short time. I don’t do anything crazy or vigorous but starting or ending the day with a few simple yoga poses can work wonders. We know how important it is to stretch and slow down but sometimes we need a little extra motivation to do so :)
I like to complete the following series twice. Click the links for step-by-step instructions explaining how to perform each pose.
1. Downward dog – Probably the best known yoga pose. This opens up just about every body part and seriously feels awesome. Hold for 1-2 minutes. More info: click here.
2. Thread the needle – This is a very relaxing pose that stretches the hamstrings (back of the legs) and glutes (butt muscles). Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. More info: click here.
3. Pigeon – This is a great stretch for those tight hips and glutes. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. More info: click here
4. Triangle – This pose focuses on the quadricep muscles (thighs) and opens up the shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds on each side. More info: click here
5. High lunge – This is both a strengthening and a stretching pose focussing on the legs and arms. Hold for 30 seconds on each side. More info: click here
A big thanks to my awesome and talented sister (and her fancy shmancy camera) for snapping these pics. Oh and check out her awesome blog too… it’s how I know how to dress myself in things other than gym clothes in the morning.
Questions of the day…
How often do you stretch?
What is your favorite yoga pose/stretch?