Quick Yoga Routine
Don't you hate when you wake up and your body is stiff or when you've set for hours at you desk? Here are some quick things you can do to make sure your muscles are relaxed and ready to move one with your day. Give it a try!
1. Sun Salutations
How It Works: Start by standing on your mat in Tadasana, Mountain Pose. Follow these 7 simple steps through your first Sun Salutation. Repeat 2 more times. Don't you feel better already?!
What It Does: Sun Salutations will help to increase circulation after sitting at your desk all day or after waking up in the morning. Repeating the series of poses will loosen the joints and generates a strong and healthy spine.
2. Frisk Pose
How It Works: Stand facing a wall with your feet about two to three feet away from it and place your hands on the wall at eye level, feet hip-width apart. As you exhale, drop your chest below your hands while rotating your pelvis and lifting your hips up towards the ceiling. Relax your head and take 10 deep breaths
What It Does: Frisk Pose relieves tension from the back and shoulders from being slumped over your desk all day.
3. Triangle Pose
How It Works: Separate your legs about three feet apart facing the side of your mat, right foot parallel to the mat, left foot angled slightly in. With straight legs and thighs spiraled away from you, extend your arms out, parallel to the floor. Lean over the right leg and drop the right hand down to the floor, lifting the left arm up towards the ceiling. Lengthen the sides of the body and swivel the navel to the left as you look up, towards the left thumb. Take 5 deep breaths on the right side. Inhale lift up the chest and change sides.
What It Does: Triangle pose strengthens the legs and core and stretches the side body, part of the torso rarely activated in our daily activities. Going into this pose helps release stagnation, which occurs after sitting in a chair for long periods of time.
4. Prasarita Padittanasana
(Wide Legged Forward Bend) How It Works: Separate your legs about 4 feet apart, feet are parallel to each other. Interlace your fingers behind your back, keeping your arms straight. Keeping a flat back, inhale to open the chest and exhale as you bend forward between your legs, bringing your head to the ground. Take 5 deep breaths and then inhale as you lift the chest, exhale as you come back to standing.
What It Does: I chose to include those pose for sequence because it relieves a lot of lower back tension in addition to stretching the hamstrings and the shoulders at the same time, which are two areas of the body that get tight very easily with lack of movement. Also, this pose is a mini inversion with the hips located higher than the head. Reversal of the blood flow helps increase circulation and makes your heart healthier and also helps your brainpower for further productivity and clarity.
What It Does: Starfish triggers your parasympathetic nervous system, which allows your spine to relax while still experiencing a stretch. You als
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