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What’s the white stuff outside?

We can’t stop reality anymore Alaskan winter is here to stay…the season for turning inward, hibernation, surrender and to get deeper into your yoga practice. Winter is your time to establish grounding and stabilizing routine into your life. As you look outside that is what the nature itself is doing some grounding and surrendering. I’m a big believer that we are nature too…so we can match it to be with the FLOW.

We all know it, long dark winter months ….The following poses will help you battle the winter months ahead. They are gentle and nourishing that supports your immune system, detoxification of your internal organs, and manages stress level.  I do them whenever I feel like my mind is all over the place! You can do one of the pose at work, no props needed.

What you need:

Bolster or a fluffy pillow
Blanket
Yoga Block or thick phone book

Standing forward fold-(Sanskrit: Uttanasana)
WHY? Decompresses the spine, increases flexibility of your hamstring, helps with lower back pain and stimulates internal organs as well as loosen up shoulders.

HOW TO DO IT? From standing with feet two fist distance apart. Inhale and check in, on your exhale bend forward at the waist. Bend your knees slightly if this bothers your low back. Clasp your hands behind you and play with straightening the elbow and knees or grasps opposite elbows. Stay for five slow cycles of breaths.

                         

Supported Bridge Pose -(Sanskrit: Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
WHY? Open up the neck, shoulders, spine and chest, strengthen hamstring. This posture settles the mind and helps with mild depression and insomnia

HOW TO DO IT? Lie on your back, keep your knees bent. Press into your feet as you lift your hips and thighs up, place a yoga block or phonebook to support your sacrum (area below your low back between the waist line and tailbone). Head, neck and arms stay on the mat. Clasp your hands under you, helps with opening up. Hold for five to ten cycles of breaths.
                            

Reclining Bound Angle Pose -(Sanskrit: Supta Baddha Konasana)
WHY? Very calming pose where you feel like you are on vacation providing deep sense of relaxation, it calms the mind. Stretches the inner thighs and helps with opening the hips.

HOW TO DO IT? Use a pillow or bolster, lie back over the pillow or bolster, bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees open to the sides, let your arms rest on your sides palms facing up. If you are really tight, place blankets under your knees to reduce the tension on your inner thighs, hold for ten to twenty cycles of breaths or for ten minutes.

Enjoy! Oh and Boo says HI 🙂

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