Welcome to Yoga-laxation!
In the current norm of despair and uncertainty, we all need some relaxation right now. A way to relax is with yoga as it balances out the negative and positive aspects of our life.
Watch my Yoga-laxation session for the full effect.
We’re going to be doing 5 poses for this session and holding each pose for 30 seconds. So grab your calming music, scented oils or diffuser and let’s get started.
- Yoga mat (optional)
- Calming music
- Water bottle
- Timer (30 seconds for each pose)
- Diffuser/ Scented oils (optional)
- Yoga blocks (optional)
- Yoga cards/ My YouTube video for guidance 🙂
- A willing mind
- Beginner friendly
Note: Always consult a doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.
Time: 5 Minutes
So we’ll start with the butterfly pose. Sit with your legs crossed and place your hands over your stomach. Take a moment to really focus on taking 5 deep breaths. As you really embrace this pose be mindful of your body and how it feels. This pose helps to relax your mind and allows you to focus on the now. It’s also a warm up for the body to get ready for the next few yoga poses.
So for this pose, we will slowly change our butterfly into a Sphinx. Place your forearms onto the mat, lower your body down onto your stomach, and stretch your shoulder blades slowly toward each other as if you need them to reach together to say hello. This pose strengthens your core but also stretches your rhomboids, teres major and minor and other important muscles in your back.
Next we’re going to turn over onto our back and slowly raise our body into a bridge pose. Beginners can add the yoga block under your body for added support. Let your arms relax into the mat as it feels as if it’s melting into the floor. This pose is great for your core but also helps to relax your mind. Focus on the feelings of your muscles as they work together to hold you up.
Legs up the Wall
This pose does not require a wall. However, a wall provides greater support for beginners. Place your feet on the wall and let your upper body melt. Take these 30 seconds to really get in touch with your body. How does it feel? What muscles are dominant?
*Advanced yoga lovers can use a yoga block to support your legs, or just lift your legs up and work on supporting your own body weight.
I dislike the name of this pose. However, now it’s time to relax. You’ve worked hard and your body thanks you. Lay down on your back with your body in a resting position. Hold this pose for 30 seconds. Here is the time for your body to relax and recover.
This ends our yoga-laxation for today. Hope it helped to ease some of the stored tension in your body.
Until next time,
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