It's time to show your legs some love with the pose of the week: runner's lunge aka high lunge. This pose is great for stretching and toning the legs while opening up the muscles of the hip. Hence, it being very beneficial for runners. We highly recommend incorporating runner's lunge into your yoga practice or stretching routine if you do a lot of sitting (desk, car, etc). Your hamstrings, calves and back will thank you for it! Give the pose a try this week and you can thank us later.
We are lifting off this week with one of our favorite arm balancing poses: Bakasana a.k.a. Crow Pose. This pose strengthens the arms, wrist and abdominal muscles. It also stretches the upper back and opens the groins. Arm balances can be intimidating but with practice they build confidence. Vanya is demonstrating a beginners version of the pose as her buttocks is lifted away from her heels. As you gain strength, bring your buttocks closer to your heels to maintain a tucked position. Join the Flight Club this week and give crow pose a try (or two).
Kenya has been practicing yoga on and off for ten years. Her first love is salsa dancing but when a knee & ankle injury threatened her moves, her MD suggested she cross train with yoga, swimming or tennis. Kenya now swims and does yoga weekly to support her salsa dancing. She has even gotten her boyfriend, Jonathan, to do yoga with her.
There is so much to be grateful for even in the midst of uncertainty, stress, and/or pain. We love to end our yoga classes with a brief meditation before our students relax into savasana. One main purpose of yoga asanas (postures) is to prepare the body to sit for meditation.
Fly like an eagle with the Pose of the Week: Garudasana! This pose is great for improving balance and internal focus. If you have balance challenges, feel free to use a wall initially or instead of hooking the raised-leg foot, keep it on the floor to maintain your balance. You can also touch the back of your palms together versus wrapping your forearms so that your palms touch. Garudasana is a pose that has taught me that no matter how "tangled up" I might feel, I can always find my breath and balance. So take flight this week and give this pose a try!