We all know life can be stressful, and sometimes, without even realizing it, we start to store that tension in our bodies. (no bueno) Those shoulders that you’ve been wearing as earrings start to develop as pains that linger or develop into injuries down the line. In honor of National Relaxation Day, (and just because) here are a few yoga postures to help ease those aches and reset your body.
- Supine Twist: This is one of my favorite stretches. Begin lying on your back, and bring both of your knees into your chest. Start by keeping both knees together, opening your arms out wide, like a “T,” and dropping both knees to the left. Breathe slowly, inhaling to come back to center, and exhaling to twist to the other side. If you want a deeper twist, keep one knee into your chest, while extending the opposite leg. Again, breathe in through center, and twist as you exhale.
- Childs Pose: Start on all fours, and separate your knees a little wider than your hips. Bring your big toes together, and then press your hips back over your heels. Walk your hand forward, and lower your torso to the ground. Let your forehead rest on the floor. If you have any issues with your knees, you can put a blanket underneath them, or even a rolled up towel behind the knees. Also, if your head feels to far from the floor to rest comfortably, you can take a block or a pillow under your head and let your whole body rest.
- Standing Forward Fold: Take your feet wider than your hips. To measure, place the distance of at least two fists between the inner border of the feet. Although I encourage you to go a bit wider. Bend your knees generously, and clasp your opposite elbows. Relax your neck completely, shake your head from side to side, and even open and close your mouth to relax your jaw. The deep bend in the knees connects your torso and legs, your upper and lower half, and also eases strain in the low back. Take full breaths and feel free to breathe out through the mouth to let out a big sigh.
• Lastly its always a good idea to sit comfortably, close your eyes, and just breathe. We spend so much time rushing around, neglecting our bodies and minds. Take time to slow down. There's no rush. Follow the inhales and the exhales, and watch your body release all tension. Loosen your jaw and relax the skin of the forehead. You are loved. You are supported.
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