It’s National Yoga Month ladies! So in honor of one our favorite exercises, we’re bringing you yoga poses every week this month.
Yoga is extremely beneficial for you body, whether you’re doing it to help with flexibility or stress relief.
The first move is Downward Facing Dog. Down-Dog is a top-notch upper body-strengthener. And as an inversion (meaning your hips are higher than your heart), it increases circulation. It also stretches your spine, hamstrings, glutes, calves; strengthens deltoids, triceps.
Here’s what you do:
Start on all fours with your feet and knees hip-width apart. Position your hands about shoulder-width apart and spread your fingers wide. Pressing firmly through your hands, lift your knees off the floor and straighten your legs. Walk your hands forward a few inches and walk your feet back a few inches to lengthen the pose. Squeeze your thighs as you press them toward the back wall. Press your heels back and down toward the floor (though they might not reach the mat). Relax your head and neck and let your shoulder blades slide down your back toward your feet—and remember to breathe! Try to hold the position for at least one minute.
What’s your favorite yoga pose?