As awesome as it would be for everyone to have a set time each day for an amazing yoga session, we all know in reality, life does not always permit it. However if you have any time in the day and would like to center yourself I have to put together a few poses that flow well together and hopefully will do just the trick! Be mindful that yoga poses are great, however the key to it being successful is conscious breathing. One form of breathing that can be used is Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jai). Ujjayi is done by inhaling and exhaling through the nose; both should be equal in duration. This breathing style creates an ocean like sound and helps with centering the mind, body and soul.
Childs pose is a great relaxing pose that calms the mind helping to let go of mental and physical tension. You can also use Childs pose in between poses to rest.
- Start on your hands and knees.
- Keep your big toes touching and spread your knees apart.
- During an exhale go all the way forward between your thighs, keeping your arms extended and palms down.
The Puppy pose is off of the Childs pose, helping to increase the relief of mental and physical tension.
- Start on all fours.
- Slowly walk your hands out in front of you and lowering your chest down to the ground.
The Cat pose with the use of deep breathing while the back is arched can alleviate stress and tension thorough your entire body.
- Start on all fours.
- When you exhale raise your spine towards the ceiling.
- When you inhale let your belly relax and go towards the ground.
Reclined Bound Angle Pose
The Reclined Bound Angle pose can bring on full body, mind and soul relaxation.
- Start in a seated position with bent knees and the soles of your feet touching (bring them in close to you).
- Lean backwards onto your elbows then lower your back to the floor.
- Bring your shoulder blades inward gently and let your arms relax (palms facing up).
The Mountain pose uses every muscle in the body; it simultaneously improves focus and strengthens the body.
- Stand with your feet together and your arms by your sides.
The Corpse pose is generally found at the end of most yoga flows. This is no surprise since it relaxes the entire body allowing the mind, body and soul to bring together all the benefits from each previous pose resulting in reduced stress and calmness.
- Lay on your back with your legs straight and your arms by your sides (palms up)
- Let your feed drop open and close your eyes.