If you’re feeling the stiffness of the season, why not try some yoga for a full body stretch. It’s worth taking 10-20 minutes away from your list of to do’s.
As you work through these poses, maintain long inhales and smooth steady exhales.
1. Reclined Bound Angle – Lay down on your back. Bring the soles of the feet together and drop the knees apart. Keep arms by the sides or reach overhead. Press the rib cage down.
2. Half Happy Baby – Lift the knees up, and connect the low back to the floor. Draw your right knee in. Clasp hold of the big toe with the two peace fingers. Bringing the elbow inside of the right knee, using it to push the knee wider while also pulling it down. The left knee may flop out to the side as you keep weight balanced in the center. To intensify, extend the left leg long on the mat.
3. Supine Twist – Take the right knee across the body to the left. Using your left hand to guide it. Reach the right arm out to the side. Pushing the shoulder into the mat.
Repeat 2 and 3 on the other side.
4. Chest Opener – Come to kneel, sitting back on the heels with toes untucked. Walk the fingers back behind you. Roll the shoulders back. Lift the hips up, opening through the heart.
5. Gate Pose – Turn to face the long edge of mat. Step the right foot to top of the mat. Turning toes in, so foot is parallel to short edge of the mat. Straightening leg. Bright right hand to rest on leg as you reach left arm up and over. Pulling left shoulder back. Getting a nice side body stretch. Repeat to other side.
6. Forward Fold – Stand facing top of mat, with feet towards the edges. Fold down over the legs, bending into the knees. Grab big toes with the peace fingers. Lengthen and flatten the back. Maintain length as you fold down. Bend the elbows away from one another.
7. Yogi Squat – Turn the heels in and toes out. Bend the knees and sink the hips down. Bring hands together at the heart. Push the knees open with the elbows. Maintaining length in spine.
These 7 poses come for a 25 minute morning yoga practice I shared on my channel.