It’s A New Day

So today is the day after.  For those of you joining in today, we have finished the book Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews.  I have decided I will probably do random sequences instead of another book as the sequences will include all of the poses we just talked about.  Today is going to be the most important sequence for a lot of people.  It is the sequence for aches and pains.  Of course any kind of movement is always beneficial to prevent aches and pains. As with anything new or a posture that is new to you, move slowly.  Listen to your body as it tells you whether it enjoys a pose or whether you need to back off a pose.  Use your breath to move through the poses in the sequence.  Approach each pose with care and ease.  If your breath becomes shorter, back off a little.  Always all time to adjust to each new position. 

Start off with cow face pose.  This is done while sitting with one leg stacked on top of the other, knees in alighment.  Make sure both sit bones are flat on the floor.  From there, move into cow face with the shoulder opener.  Whatever leg is on top, take the opposite arm into the air as you drop it behind your back and reach the other arm in front and all the way around to find your other hand. Stay here and then repeat on other side.  If you have 2 blocks available this pose helps the spine. You will be going into a supported bridge pose. Place one block on the tallest under your neck and another block on the lowest right under the low back.  Open up the chest and stay here releasing into the blocks for a few breaths.  Next, remove blocks and extend one leg out while crossing the other leg all the way across your body in a nice spinal twist.  Repeat with other leg.  Squat with neck release follows spinal twist.  Go into a squat position and lace the fingers behind your head and drop your chin toward your chest.  To close the aches and pains poses, release onto the floor with a rolled up blanket under your spine and feet together in butterfly.  Arms can be at a T position opened up the chest.  Close your eyes and stay here for a few minutes.  Imagine your favorite place and breath!

National Cookie Day Yoga

Happy National Cookie Day everyone!

That means today is the only day we can eat all the cookies we want and not feel guilty about it! Or as I say, I eat what I want when I want it and then I workout! 😊 So what kind of cookies are your favorite? My all time favorite are the dark chocolate chunk cookies! Yummy! I have two yoga classes that I’m teaching today, one I have already completed so that means extra cookies for me! Enjoy those cookies today!

Cow face pose is today’s pose. Now I know I have said this before but I’m saying it again. If you can see the cow face in this pose, please let me know. 😊 this is a great pose to open up those hips. If you do the arms as well, a great shoulder stretches. Are usually do this pose when putting lotion on both my feet at the same time! Yes I look funny but I’m getting a good stretch at the same time. 🙂

Today’s pose: Gomukhasana- Cow-faced Pose- Start off with your legs straight out in front of you in staff pose. Bring your left heel towards your right sit bones. Make sure you were straight up on both your sit bones. Cross the right leg over the left sending your right heel towards your left sit bone. Stack the knees on top of one another. You should feel this in both the outside of your legs. Since your right leg is on top raise your left arm into the air. Drop it behind your back and then reach the right arm around thumb down to join the fingers of the left. Then raise the left elbow into the air and the right elbow to the floor. Stay here for a few breaths feeling this in your hips and your shoulders. Then repeat on the other side.

What this pose works: teres minor, rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, subcapularis, posterior deltoid, triceps brachii.