For September, celebrate National Yoga Month by taking our yoga challenge! Prepare to become more flexible and feel more relaxed than ever before! Throughout the month you will explore restorative, strengthening, balancing, core, uplifting and opening poses. In week one you will be focusing on restorative poses to relax and calm your body.
See below for instructions on how to perform each pose for Week 1:
- Child’s Pose:
- Start in a kneeling position.
- Drop your butt toward your heels as you stretch the rest of your body down and forward.
- In the fully stretched position, rest your arms in a relaxed position along the floor, rest your stomach comfortably on top of your thighs, and rest your forehead on the mat.
- You should feel a mild stretch in your shoulders and buttocks and down the length of your spine and arms.
- Reclining Bound Angle Pose:
- Lying on your back, bend the knees and bring the bottoms of the feet together. Bring the feet to the floor with the heels close to the hips. Let the knees open wide apart.
- Inhale and slide the arms along the floor up over your head. Place the palms together, crossing the thumbs.
- Breathe and hold for 4-8 breaths.
- To release exhale and gently release the arms and legs.
- This pose gently opens and stretches the hips and the shoulders.
- Adept’s Pose:
- From the sitting position, first bend the left leg and place the heel at the perineum.
- Then, bend the right leg and place the heel against the pubic bone, or just above the genitals.
- The body is kept erect with the hands placed relaxed on knees.