Friday, August 12, 2016
This is such a relaxing way to release tension from the hips, inner thighs and lower back. Salamba Baddha Konasana (supported reclining bound angle pose). Find two bolsters or a folded blanket. Lie down and bend your knees, bringing the soles of your feet together. Slide a bolster or blanket under each leg to support the knees, shins, and feet. Rest with your hands on your lower belly and place your elbows on the ground. Stay here with eyes closed for at least 5 minutes.
Monday, August 1, 2016
Revolved half moon is an excellent pose to tone the abdominal muscles while it strengthens the ankles, knees and thighs. Here are some simple steps to entering and finding the pose:
- Start in a lunge position with left foot forward and right leg straight.
- Inhale and lift up to balancing on your right leg and fingertips of both hands.
- Bring right hand to your hip, inhale and shrug your right shoulder to your right ear and roll it back twisting to open your chest to the right.
- Extend your right arm directly above your right shoulder.
- Exhale and extend from your pelvis and through your feet. Inhale and extend your lower belly up through your head and through your arms.
- Hold for several breaths then look down and place both hands on the floor. Exhale and lower your right leg down.
- Place your hands on your hips, root through your feet to the floor, inhale and come up to standing.
- Repeat other side.
Om - Mary Jane - www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Thursday, July 21, 2016
You certainly can reach for that pied in the sky with gomukhasana - garudasana arms. I love this pose especially if you are looking to stretch the side of your hips and upper back. Here are the simple steps:
- Come to tabletop position
- Slide your right knee until both knees (inner edges touch) and both are still on the ground
- Wrap your left leg around and atop your right leg so your knees line up
- Slide your feet away from each other slightly wider than your hips.
- Bring your arms in front of you - bent to 90 degrees
- Swing your left arm beneath the right and spiral your right hand and forearm around the left until your hands touch in eagle arms
- Hold for 10 breaths and repeat opposite side
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Visit places that remind you of eternity when you can. See the mountains. See the stars. Walk among the ancient redwoods. Stand at the ocean's door. Let nature and life remind you of eternity in ways that speak to your soul.
Mary Jane - www.fengshuiyoganj.com
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Shoulder opening yoga poses can benefit all people, especially those with chronic back and neck problems, or those who spend a lot of time each day sitting at a desk. Poor posture while sitting at a desk, table, or even while driving a car is very common and causes unfortunate physical side effects.
There are many poses in yoga that can open the shoulders and improve posture such as mountain pose, bridge, wheel, bow, and down-dog. Pay attention to your posture and know there is always room for improvement.
Here are my Wednesday morning yogis doing their thing to slowly awaken their shoulders.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Yikes! We know as fellow yogis the shoulders can take a beating in our practice. So what to do? Here are a few tips to keep the shoulders strong and keep you happy in your practice.
- Your shoulders must stay down and back so you can maintain the best range of motion in your shoulders, back, neck and arms.
- The key is to activate the shoulders by externally rotating your shoulders. This will allow you to seat your shoulder blades down and back and away from your ears.
- Avoid the "hunch" whether you are driving in a car, sitting at your desk or shooting one arm up in triangle pose.
Here's too happy shoulders!