Take your practice outside this morning! Doing yoga is a great way to get a break away from the chaos of everyday life by allowing you to set aside time and focus on your well-being. Recover from your busy schedule and add a natural challenge and workout to your day. Try these five yoga poses in your yard this week!
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1. Tree Pose
The tree pose will help you to stay grounded, focus on your balance, and provide a chance for you to focus more on your breathing. Start with both feet planted evenly on the ground. Then slowly move your left foot either above your knee, on your thigh or on your calf. Place the sole of your feet on your leg, with your toes pointed downward. Place your hands at heart center and take as many breaths as you need and then alternate sides.
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2. Downward-Facing Dog
The downward-facing dog pose is a great way to make your entire body feel activated and stretched. Begin on your hands and knees, align your shoulders with your needs to make sure they are in a straight line. Place your figures on the mat and speed them wide apart. Next, firmly press down and begin to lift your hips. Gently straighten your legs, without locking your knees. Your body should look like an uppercase A. Stay for as many deep breaths that you feel comfortable with.
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3. Child's Pose
Child's pose is a great way to release stress among your whole body. It is especially beneficial to stretch your hips, thighs, and ankles. Begin by starting on your hands and knees similar to a downward-facing dog pose. Then, draw your sit bones towards your ankles and put your weight backwards. Begin to spread your knees farther away from each other to whatever point you feel comfortable with. You can then rest your forehead on the ground and begin to take deep, restorative breathes. Are you feeling an #ajnamoment yet?
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4. Warrior II
Start with your legs spread 3-4 feet wide and your toes pointed slightly inward. Be sure your left foot is facing slightly forward. Line up your left heel with the arch of your right foot. Begin to stretch out with your right leg while having a slight bend in your front left leg. Make a T with your shoulders and draw your shoulder blades down your back. Move your gaze towards your front shoulder as you breathe into a deeper stretch.
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If you have ever done yoga before, you know the final pose usually consists of a crowd favorite, savasana. This pose helps your body fully relax and reach a calm state. Begin by laying flat on your back, with your legs straight out, and your arms by your side with your palms up. Close your eyes, and focus on your breath, allowing your body to feel heavy on the ground. Relax every part of your body and take nice slow breaths. This pose is intended to help your body and mind relax fully and release any remaining tension.
Take some much needed time to self-care and get your mind off the stresses of life. Enjoy the comfort of the outdoors in your own backyard space and try these five yoga poses at home.
Now go get some fresh air and find peace in your day!