Well, here is the last post in my Yoga Series! I've had so much fun doing my research on all of these poses to share with you, and I hope some of you have given these poses a chance to enhance your practice, whether you're a beginner or somebody who wants to get back to basics! Last but not least, here are 3 of my favourite posts/stretches to extend my flexibility!
First is my absolute favourite, and one of the most basic poses in yoga: Standing Forward Fold, Uttanasana.
From Mountain Pose, fold forward from the hip joints with a gracious bend in the knees (whatever is most comfortable for you - keeping in mind to stretch, not to strain). For a deeper stretch in the hamstrings, keep straighter legs. For a deeper stretch in the low back, bend the knees more. Rest the hands on the floor, the shins, the thighs, again whatever is most comfortable for you.
This pose is a stress reliever, and stretches the hips, calves, hamstrings, and low back. It improves digestion, strengthens thighs and knees, and stimulates the liver and kidneys. It's an all around wonderful pose!
Next is the Yogic Squat,
Starting in mountain pose with your feet slightly wider than hip distance apart, pivoting your toes so they are wider than your heels. Bend your knees deeply so your hips come lower than your knees, a few inches from the floor. Feel free to place a yoga block or blanket underneath your seat. If your heels don't come to the floor just yet, don't worry about it! It will come. For now, leave the heels lifted. Bring your hands together at the sacrum and press your elbows against your thighs to widen your knees to open the hips. Draw your heart forward and up to give a stretch to the back body as well. To get out of this pose, just sit back and bring the legs out in front of you. This pose stretches the groin, lower back, sacrum, and hips, stimulates the metabolism and digestive system, and tones the belly.
Last but certainly not least is Pigeon Pose, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana.
This one is the most glorious of all the hip openers! From table top position, bring your right knee forward to the floor just before your right hand. Rotate your right thigh so that your right foot is is in front of your left knee. The further away the right foot is from the left knee, the greater stretch, and greater challenge. This one is a little bit more difficult to explain, so I'll leave the rest to the pictures, but definitely YouTube this one if you're unsure - as you definitely don't want to push yourself. Here is a great video. This one opens the hip flexors, groin, and opens the hip rotators. It can potentially relieve sciatic pain and low back pain!
Well, that's that! I hope you enjoyed this series, I certainly loved putting it together! It definitely won't be my last Yoga Series and I'm so excited to start working on future projects!
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