“Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.” ― Bob Harper
Every body is a yoga body!
Being led through a yoga practice with a yoga video is wonderful. In my own time, I create space in my day to put on a video and allow myself to let go and be led. Each word, breath and posture leads me from a busy mind and wound up body, to a place where I embody calmness and peace. It makes it easy to meditate. I feel I've come back to myself. I've united body and mind, mind and heart, the outer me and the inner me. It is wonderful.
Mantra: My heart is open and ready for love.
By using mantra’s when we practice yoga postures, breathwork or when we meditate, we create space to allow the affirmation to take root. Affirmations aren’t self-praise. They are a statement of an energy or mindset that we would like to move towards. Affirmations are about self-belief.
Breath: Reach and pull
1. Extended mountain pose
This pose helps decrease anxiety through increased focus on breath control. It helps enable the body to move more freely as you build a more secure and grounded practice. It promotes stillness in both mind and body. It brings a feeling of strength and confidence. It’s very opening, which frees you from fear.
2. Triangle pose
This pose strengthens our physical and emotional bodies. It helps us create space in the body for emotional release and healing. It strengthens muscles of the back and abdomen. It stretches the side waist. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety and help you feel calmer.
3. Warrior 3 pose
This pose strengthens the legs, improves balance, and builds core strength. The leg muscles involved on both the supporting and elevated leg include the hamstrings and gluteal muscles at the back of the leg and the muscles in both the front and back of the calf. Your back and ab muscles are also used in support and stabilizing the pose. The shoulder muscles are engaged to keep the arms parallel to the ground. Your balance is strongly challenged as you must find your center of gravity and continuously adjust the support to maintain the pose. The balance and flexibility gained with this pose can help you achieve good posture and respond to any balance challenges in daily life. You will also develop your mental focus and concentration.
4. Chair pose
This pose works your body inside and out. It helps to strengthen your legs and it also improves the health of your diaphragm and stimulates your heart. Regular practice helps increase your physical endurance. It encourages your chest and arms to open, creating more space in your body energetically.
5. Childs pose
This pose is super calming for the mind. It helps to reduce stress and fatigue. It reminds you that resting is a good thing. It helps digestion. It elongates the lower back. It opens the hips.
Yoga Safety Tips
1. Take your time, it’s not a competition
2. Your body is the expert. Listen to it where it is now, rather than forcing it to where you’d like it to be.
3. Find the sweet spot of challenging yourself rather than pushing and straining yourself
4. Don’t buy into “no pain, no gain”. Yoga is about connecting body and mind for calmness and stillness. Pain is a sign to take it easy.
5. Allow your yoga practice to unfold over time and allow your body time to adjust
6. If pregnant, seek advice from a qualified yoga teacher
7. If injured, seek advice from a qualified yoga teacher
8. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise
9. Participation in yoga videos online are at your own risk.
There are many benefits to a gentle yoga practice. They include:
Work at your own pace and comfort level.
Allow your practice to build.
Your body changes day-to-day and some poses feel easier one day than the next, and that's ok.
Do not force postures.
Participation in the class is at your own risk.
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