Happy International Yoga Day! To celebrate we have 5 poses that are perfect to embrace the day with energy, compassion and an open heart. x
So, get ready to get your om on with Grace Teale!
Dancers pose (Natarajasana)
The physical benefits include stretching the shoulders, chest, thigh and groin. But on an energetic level you will feel balanced, more powerful, and the pose will open your heart which will allow you to feel more love and compassion. Perfect for celebrating International Yoga Day through union.
Crow pose (Bakasana)
Crow pose is a whole-body work out! But also, surprisingly a very accessible arm balance. It challenges you to focus on lifting your body and your spirit. As you balance your body weight on your hands, it encourages you to face your fears and helps you embrace the feeling of courage to fly high (both on and off the mat).
Chair pose (with toe stand variation) (Utkatasana)
Chair pose is a great way to heat the body during a yoga practice. By adding a toe stand, you have the added benefit of toning the legs, strengthening the ankles and increasing the heart rate. The everyday practice of chair pose effectively reduces stress and tranquilizes the mind. A peaceful mind awakens inner strength and confidence which helps you to stay strong in the face of disharmony.
Bow pose (Dhanurasana)
Bow pose stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck, it helps to strengthen the back muscles and improves your posture. Just like any heart opener pose-you will feel energized, inspired and motivated. Ensure the body is warm before attempting this pose and perform at the beginning of the day to reap the benefits for the entire day.
Side plank (Vasisthasana)
Variety is the spice of life! Plank pose is an amazing all body work out- but side plank works all the same muscles with the added challenge of balance, coordination and strength. Side plank is considered an intermediate yoga pose- but instead of instead of using sheer muscular effort in the pose, bring your thoughts to your breath and to the power of the present moment. Take the variation that feels good in your body (bottom knee down or on elbow) to practice with ease and grace.
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