If you’re looking for some grounding, stability, support, and connection – doing some yoga stretches close to the Earth is an excellent way.
Try these 7 poses on your mat, or if you can take it outside.
- Savasana – To start, recline all the way onto your back. Legs and arms stretched out. Palms facing up. Close the eyes. Visualize laying directly on the earth. Let yourself be fully supported.
2. Leg Stretch – Bend the knees, bringing feet to the floor. Then extend and straighten the right leg up to the sky. Holding wherever is most accessible. Flex and point your toes, getting into the ankle, top of foot and the calf.
3. Reclined Pigeon – Cross the right ankle over the left knee. Reach through with the arms, pulling the left thigh into the belly. Getting into the glutes and outer right hip. Relax the shoulders down and away from the ears.
4. Bridge – Bring both feet down to the floor. Roll the shoulders down away from the ears. Lift the heels up so only the balls of the feet are touching. Squeeze the glutes, lift the hips, low back and mid back. Squeeze through the inner thighs. Lower and lift your heels 5 or so times.
Repeat 2-4 through on other side.
5. Head to Knee – Come up to a seat. Extend the right leg out front. Bring the left foot inside right thigh. Ground, rooting the tail into the Earth, and lengthening the spine up like a tree. Reach the arms up, maintaining length as you hinge forward. Staying very active, as you push heel into the ground. Then make it passive, melting and sinking supported by the ground.
6. Easy Seated Pose with Twist – Cross the legs. Bring left hand to right knee. Then the left fingers back behind you. Twist open to the right side. Maybe look over the right shoulder.
Repeat 5 and 6 through on other side.
7. Table Top with Hover – Come to table top with hands under shoulders and knees under hips. Tuck the toes, engage and lift through the belly. Flatten the low back. Spread the fingers wide. Lift and hover the knees and shins an inch or so.
These poses come from a 10 minute morning practice on my YouTube channel. Check it out and practice with me below.