No Power Yoga?

This morning I woke up early, or so I thought, to do some yoga and to start my day off right.  I looked at the clock and it said 4:05. I thought, wow that’s really early but the sun is out.  No that’s not right.  Then I looked at my phone and it said 7:15.  So much for my early morning of doing yoga.  The power went off at my house last night so my clocks were all off.  Have you ever had days like that? So here I am at work typing but don’t worry the day is still mighty young and I can do yoga here!  My employee, Abi, took the picture as soon as she came in to work so I could get my daily blog and pose written for all of you.

Todays pose is one of those that is a bit of a balance challenge again but I love it.  You can do this pose standing, as is the traditional way, or you can even do this on your knees if the balance is a bit much.  This is a great stretch for the legs.  Both legs really feel this one.  As with any poses, if you feel any pressure or pain in the back of the knee always back off and then slowly go back into it.  Never and I repeat NEVER have any pain in the back of the knee.  That is such a tender spot full of tendons and ligaments and we never want to hurt those.

Todays Pose: Parvottanasana- Intense side stretch or better known as Pyramid- Stand in Warrior II where your left leg is in front at a 90 degree angle over the ankle and you right foot heel is in alignment with the left heel and toes are turned to the right.  Turn toward your left leg and slowly straighten it.  Bend at the hips bringing your heart toward your left knee and head reaching for your toes.  Hands can come to the floor or they can be on blocks or on the ankle.  Stand here for a few breaths and then slowly come back up protecting your knee.  Then switch legs and repeat.

What this pose works: soleus, gastrocnemius, hamstrings, pelvic floor, quadriceps, gluteus medius and erector spinae