Suggestions for getting started...learning to love your dog!
1. Take a regular yoga class, minimally once a week.
2. Pick one pose with benefits that most suit your needs...See below....I gathered a few poses, you can easily do.
3. Commit to practicing your pose every day for a week, holding the pose for 5-10 breaths.
After you've established practicing that one pose, you'll naturally want add a second, eventually a third etc.
This is also practicing ahimsa--(kindness) with yourself. When your kind with yourself, it translates into kindness with others.
Tip: If you set the bar low and commit to one pose, then a second one, there's a good chance you'll want to do more!
*Remember while practicing...ujjayi breathing...big deep belly breaths through the nose.
Downward-Facing Dog Sanskrit: Adho Mukha Svanasana
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
- Energizes the body
- Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
- Strengthens the arms and legs
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Improves digestion
- Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
- Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis
Childs Pose Sanskrit: Balasana (see picture below)
- Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
- Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
- Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported
Plank Pose (see picture below)
- Strengthens the arms, wrists, and spine
- Tones the abdomen
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