#LetsGetFlexyin2015: Week 1

 

I decided to do another Instagram yoga challenge.  I know.  I can’t even take a yoga class right now…what am I thinking?  My secret is out…I have been doing yoga.  I have been doing meditation, breath work, and I do two straight hours of deep stretch with a private client every Wednesday.  Yoga is yoga.  Yoga is breath.  You can be at home, at a studio, or in your bed.  (my husband’s favorite yoga.)  I want to get back into studio yoga because that is my passion.  I love the heat, the energy, the music, the way I feel during and after.    I thought that by doing this challenge it would spark something in me to get back there.

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It seemed like a really great idea back in January when it wasn’t February or  day 8, 18 or 23.  AHHHHH!  Again, I have been doing meditation the past 3 weeks, not focusing on my splits or inversions.  I’ve committed and I am in it now, so I will just bring my best!

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Day One:  Utthita Parsvakonasa or Side Angle.   This pose strengthens/ stretches the legs, groins, and hamstrings. Side Angle also opens the chest and shoulders.

 

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Day Two: Mandukasana or Frog Pose.  This is an intense hip opener that stretches the inner thighs, groins, and hips.  It also opens the chest and shoulders, and relieves stress, anxiety, and mild depression.   This is pretty much every yoga students pose they love to hate.

 

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Day Three:  Surya Yantrasana or Sundial Pose.  This was the pose I did for the photography book Yes Yoga Has Curves.  This asana lengthens the backs of your legs, specifically the hamstrings and calves.  It also supports and opens the hips for similar standing postures, such as Bird of Paradise, and stretches the shoulder.

 

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Day Four:  Svarga Dvidasana, or Bird of Paradise.  This pose strengthens the legs, stretches groin, opens the hips, and improves balance and flexibility.  I was all alone with just Toby, who is sweet and adorable, but has lack in photography skills. I had to get creative with this one.

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Day Five:  Krounchasana or Heron Pose.  Yoga is always more fun with a friend!  Heron pose stretches the hamstrings and glutes of the extended leg, and lengthens the quads of the bent leg. The pose also stimulates the abdominal organs, and strengthens the psoas.

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Day Six: PrasaritaPadottanasana or Wide-Legged Forward Bend.  This pose feels pretty amazing…it stretches the groins, hamstrings and hips.  It also calms the mind, decompresses the spine, and relieves fatigue, mild depression and anxiety.

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Day Seven:  Adho Mukha Svanasana or Upward Facing Dog.  I love all back bends, and especially this one.   Besides increasing the flexibility of the spine, this pose strengthens the arms, wrists and abdomen.

Here is a look back at #BalanceBasics and #DefyGravityYogi, two past challenges I have participated in.

I will keep you posted here with the weekly recap of #letsgetflexyin2015.

I’m interested… Which asana this month would be the most accessible for you?  The most challenging? 

 

 

 

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