Summer always seems to find me extra busy with life at the cottage, family, friends and a million other things but having a little time to myself makes all the difference. Remember Yoga gets you in touch with your breath, so breathe deeply and enjoy all your summer has to offer. When you slow down and stay in a pose you can feel the different areas of your body that are tense gradually let go as you sit and breathe through each pose. Stretching in general has a calming effect on the mind and body, ideally do each pose in the sequence for one to five minutes.
Lying on your stomach, prop yourself up on your forearms. Align your elbows directly under your shoulders. Then press firmly through your palms and the tops of your feet. Press your pubic bone forward and focus on your breathe, you will feel sensations in your lower back, but breathe through it.
Head To Knee Pose
Sit on the floor without slouching, legs extended straight in front of you and knees bent if necessary to keep the spine from rounding. Bend the right knee and open the hip, bringing the sole of the right foot into the inner left thigh and the right knee toward the ground. If it doesn’t reach, support the right knee with a cushion. Inhale and lengthen the spine. Exhale as you bend forward from the hips over the left leg, keeping the spine and neck long, and place the hands on either side of the left leg. Gaze at the big toe of the left foot as you focus on the breath moving in and out.
Bound Angle Pose
Sit on the floor without slouching and bring the soles of the feet together in front of you, hands holding the feet or ankles. If you’re comfortable and able to sit without rounding the lower back, bring the feet as close as you can toward the groin. Inhale and lengthen the spine. Exhale and bend forward from the hips, keeping the spine long. Breathe in and out as you feel your muscles relaxing.