Its All in Your Head

Last night we went out to dinner for my sisters birthday and we took a limo there. We were riding in style! Shocked my sister as she wasn’t expecting a limo. As we were sitting around the table, I was thinking how much I don’t want to get a cold. My sister has been sick for a week and now my step father is getting sick. I know it’s that time of year but I just had a cold 2 months ago that I’m still not 100% recovered from! Airborne, washing my hands more frequently, and staying away from everyone (oh wait I work with the public) is something I am trying to do.

With that being said, today’s pose is a great one for allergies and cold repair. It is another one you can perform against a wall or door. It does take core strength but not as much as a handstand. I first saw someone in a yoga class go into this pose and thought wow thats awesome! I started to learn it and after about a week I was able to be in the middle of the floor performing this pose. I have done so much to improve and make this pose more advanced. I can be in a headstand and get my legs to go into a full lotus position. I have way too much fun! 😀

Today’s pose: salamba sirasana- supported headstand- start off against a wall or door. Now I have seen the arms in different positions. I prefer tripod but I have seen clamping the hands and having the forearms on the floor. You can choose which ever one you want. Strengthen your core as you lift the legs into the air. Stay here for a few breaths. If you have high blood pressure please do not stay more then a few seconds. Slowly come back down and repeat if you would like.

What this pose works: vastus lateralis, rectus femoris, rectus abdominis, serratus anterior, triceps brachii, hamstrings, spinal extensors, infraspinatus, and many deep neck muscles.

Support the Head

img_6945Every day is a great day to do yoga! I absolutely love my Tuesday morning yoga class with my friend. We always start off with a regular yoga class and finish up with arm balances and fun things, basically showing off and seeing what our bodies can actually do. It’s a blast and something I look forward to every week. And yes I know she’s probably reading this now! 😊 in my classes I teach at night, I have always found it incredibly important after class to put lotion on your feet. We don’t take as much care of her feet as we should. One of my yoga teachers that taught me everything I know started this and I believe that it is very important. She taught us to take care of our feet, about all the reflexology points that are in the bottoms of her feet, and also that our balance comes from our toes. We use the lotions that Bath and Bodyworks puts out for aromatherapy. I always let my students pick which lotion they would like. Some of the choices are stress relief, boost, sleep, sensual, and energy. Everyone has a different lotion they prefer and I always hope that my students enjoy this part of the class. We also end with dark chocolate which after a good workout is amazing! After all, dark chocolate has antioxidants in them. They are heart healthy and help to lower our risk of infections. Eating dark chocolate is like eating vegetables or fruits! 😊

One of the things I always teach my students is that no matter what type of body you have there is always some kind of pose you can do. In a way you can pretty much make any pose work for you. This pose in particular. One of the things I always teach my students is that no matter what type of body you have there is always some kind of pose you can do and a way you can pretty much make any pose work for you. Today’s pose is no exception. When I first started doing this pose I always practiced against a wall or my door. I always found the door to be better because a wall you have to find one that has nothing on it where doors are usually blank. Also there’s no risk of having your heel go through the wall if you’re doing it against the door. 😊 Growing up I was never able to do this. I don’t know if I didn’t have the core strength or what it was but I could never stable myself enough. I didn’t start doing headstands until I was probably about 29 years old. So for all of those who don’t think it’s doable, it is.

Today’s pose: Salamba Sirasana- headstand- Start off against a door or wall. Are usually do the tripod with your hands in front of your face elbows at a 90° angle. Put a blanket or a pillow under your head to start. Slowly bring your legs up whether it i start off against a door or wall. Are usually do the tripod with your hands in front of your face elbows at a 90° angle. Put a blanket or a pillow under your head start. Slowly bring your legs up. You can bring your knees to your elbows and lift one leg and then the other or you can use your core to bring both legs up together. It’s OK if they are against the wall or door to start. Find your balance and tighten your core and see if you can get both of them to come away from the wall or door. Stay here for a few breaths and then slowly bring your legs back down.

What this pose works: transversus abdominals, rectus abdominals, teres major, teres minor, triceps brachii, obliquus externus, gluteus Maximus, gluteus medius, obliquus internus, latissimus dorsi, infraspinatus, trapezius, and deltoideus medialis muscles.