Hi there! Today, I thought it would be fun to share one of the ways I exercise. Yoga has been a favorite of mine since high school, but I didn't really get into it until last year. I actually bought a yoga mat, having previously used whatever small rug was around, and took it more seriously. My main reason was to stretch out my back at the end of my long days sitting at a desk. I've always been fairly flexible (dance and gymnastics child over here), so the bending and twisting involved in yoga aren't that much of an issue. My main issue with yoga is to remember to breath properly while doing the asanas, which I know is a main point to doing yoga. I've been trying to get better at the breathing part, and have made it a personal goal recently to practice my favorite flows at least once a day, to mostly get my back stretched so that it doesn't ache. Below, I've written out my poses I do to relieve back pain from sitting all day:
- I start with Downward Dog, which really stretches your back. Start on all fours, and lift your hips while trying to keep your feet flat on the ground. Hold for five breaths.
- Then, I go into Pigeon Pose, which opens up your hips. While in Downward Dog, lift your right leg up to downward dog split, then swing it through so your shin is parallel with the front of your mat. Crawl your fingertips back, make sure your hips are squared off, then bring your palms forward and rest your forehead on the mat. Hold for five breaths, then repeat on the left side.
- Next, I do Thread the Needle, which stretches out my shoulder blades. Starting on all fours, thread your right arm underneath your left arm until your shoulder is resting on the ground and hold for three breaths. Make your way back to all fours and repeat on the opposite side.
- Last, I finish up with a Ankle-to-Knee sitting pose, where you sit Indian-style on the ground but both feet sit on top of your legs.
Thanks for reading! Have a great Monday!