Yoga Series: Yoga for Happiness

This is how I stumbled across yoga. Searching for moments to create happiness in myself, by myself, for myself. If you are or are not a yogi, here are some back to basics poses that will help you curate happiness. You can add these into your practice, or just get down and do them when you need a little boost! My first encounters with yoga were when I just took a second to get into these poses and do a mild meditation! This is such a wonderful start to mindfulness and wellness.

Without further ado! Here are my favourite 3 poses for happiness and meditation!

Sukhasana, also known as Easy Pose, is my all time favourite.

To begin, take a seat on your mat. If you need a bit of extra support, fold a towel, blanket, or double up your mat under your sit bones for an extra comfy seat. Then cross your shins, widen the knees, and slip your feet under neath the opposite knee. Pull your shins close to your pelvic bone and keep a nice strong straight spine, keeping the shoulders rounding back and down. Now, enjoy! Take a few moments to notice the breathe, and when you're ready, begin to lengthen the inhale, then the exhale. And just... be.

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Next is Balasana, or Child's Pose and Extended Child's Pose. This feels sooo good.

Start by kneeling on your mat, or the floor, with your knees slightly separated. and fold your body over, resting your forehead wherever feels comfortable. You can rest it on the floor, on your fists stacked one on top of the other, on a yoga block, whatever is comfy! If you're not using your hands to support your head, lay them at your sides, palms facing up. Like Sukhasana, begin to deepen your breath and enjoy!

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Extended Child's Pose is similar, but you get more of a stretch. From a kneeling position touch your big toes together, sit on your heals, and separate your knees as wide as the mat, and fold over. Again, resting your head on the floor, a block, your fists. If your head is resting on the floor or a block, extend your hands out in front of you. If your shoulders feel tight, feel free to widen them. Keep your back and arms extended, and breathe.

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And the last, yet most important pose of them all, Savasana, or Corpse Pose. 

Savasana is the most important of them all, bringing the body back to a neutral position. Start by laying flat on your back, relaxing the pelvis but not pressing the low back into the mat. Relax. Extend your legs outwards, about hip width apart, relaxing the feet. Lay your arms by your sides, palms facing up. Relax the muscles of the face, and stay here for at least 10 breaths, try for more. Enjoy.

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I hope you take time for yourselves today, and try these 3 poses. Just 5 minutes of you time. Body, mind, and spirit time.

Check back on Friday for the next part of this series: Yoga for Strength.

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Take good care lovies,

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