5 Yoga Poses for July 5th
We know that a day full of eating and sun can make going back to work very tedious. Why not try yoga to help with the recovery? Yoga has many benefits, including boosting your blood circulation, releasing muscle fatigue, and aiding in digestive discomfort.
Table pose is a great way to stretch out the limbs and the spine. Bring the shoulders over the wrists, hips over the knees, keeping your toes tucked under if you need more balance or stretch in the feet. Start to engage the muscles of the belly as you push all the fingertips and finger bases into the mat. Keep the chest lifted. Start to breathe into any tight areas you find in the body.
These next two: Cow Tilt and Cat Stretch may look “easy,” it is a powerful pose for the mind. Inhale as you stretch the head and tailbone up towards the sky into Cow Pose, stretching the front of the torso. This breath synchronized movement increases coordination, fosters intentional focus, and invigorates prana (the vital life force in the body).
As you exhale into Cat Pose, push up from the wrists, wrapping the arms together strongly, lengthening the spine. This pose improves circulation to the discs between the vertebrae, which in turn relieves stress from the back and calms the mind.
Come back to all fours, place the hands a handprint in front and then stretch the hips back onto the heels. Place your forehead on the mat, block or blanket. Placing your head (namely your ‘third eye’ or the spot just between your eyebrows) down on the mat has an instant calming and soothing effect on the brain. This inward forward bend, eyes closed sends a signal to your brain that you’re safe, and that it’s OK to rest. By taking your knees wide apart in your Child Pose so that your belly can relax in between them, you will be getting a nice stretch and opening through the hips.
In order to gain all the benefits of the breathwork and asana you just did, you must lie down on your back and relax your body and mind. During this pose, you close your eyes, breathe naturally, and practice eliminating tension from the body. Ideally, stay in this posture at least 5 minutes.