Basic Yoga Mix- last update

Hi!  I am a little late getting this post up here…I have been crazy busy in all the most amazing ways possible.

I wanted to share the last update in the yoga challenge I participated in last month.
Here are the other weekly updates in case you want to catch up:

Week1
Week2
Week3
Week4
Week5

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Day 26: Firefly or Titibasana…always a challenge pose for me! I have been working on a variation to this where I try (try is the underlined word here!) to go from this into crow pose.

  • Stretches the inner groins and back torso
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Tones the belly
  • Improves sense of balance

 

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This happens ….ALMOST ALWAYS. I just keep practicing.  🙂

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Day 27: Handstand practice in the rain.  I am getting really close to my 10 second goal!  And can I get an AMEN that the rain finally stopped today!?!?!

  • Strengthens the shoulders, arms, and wrists
  • Stretches the belly
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression

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Day 28: Ustrasana or Camel Pose.   I usually prefer to do bridge or wheel, or even scorpion during backbends.  My lack of practice in this pose is pretty obvious!  My low back is a little tweaky, so I really try to engage my core to help protect it!

  • Stretches the entire front of the body, the ankles, thighs and groins,
  • Abdomen and chest, and throat
  • Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas)
  • Strengthens back muscles
  • Improves posture
  • Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck

 

 

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Day 29:  Feathered Peacock pose, forearm handstand, or Pinchamayurasana.  Why-oh-why is this so much easier than doing handstand on your hands?  (yes…I know.  The forearms give a wider base of support.)  But, seriously, I was holding this pose, talking to my friend Brooks as she was laughing, trying to find the camera app on my phone, I painted my pinky toenail, and didn’t blink an eye.

  • Strengthens the shoulders, arms, and back
  • Stretches the shoulders and neck, chest, and belly
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression

 

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Day 30:  Paschimottanasana or seated forward fold.  Last day of the challenge with a pose I always put in a class I am teaching, and do myself when I am practicing.

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings
  • Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort
  • Soothes headache and anxiety and reduces fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
  • Traditional texts say that Paschimottanasana increases appetite, reduces obesity, and cures diseases.

Happy Tuesday and have an amazing week!  🙂

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