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!
This pose goes out to all the runners and desk bound yogis because it promotes flexibility in the hip joints, stretches the low back and helps release mental stress. Janu Sirsasana focuses on stretching the hamstrings on the straight leg and adductors on the bent knee one at a time. Your spine is stretched as you reach towards your foot on the straight leg which also helps to build abdominal strength.
- A flexible body is not required but an open mind is a must. Be open to move and breathe in a different way.
- Start with a Beginner's Yoga class. The pace is typically slower as the instructor will give more cues and a detailed description of poses.
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Open your hips, build strength in your legs and relieve your low back with Utthita Parsvakonasana(oo-TEE-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna) or Extended Side Angle Pose.