Yoga Pose of the Month – September

More and more people are jumping on the yoga bandwagon and why not! Yoga has been shown to reduce stress, decrease blood pressure, increases concentration, and improve academic performance. You do not have to be a yogi to participate in yoga, matter of fact you do not even need to be that flexible or coordinated. These yoga poses vary in intensity and focus with the goal to bring out the inner yoga master in all of us.

After a few months of poses, we will start to combine the poses together into routines focused on different themes including energizing, relaxation, core strength, balance, and more!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a yoga master by any means, but I do enjoy doing yoga poses and yoga workouts as a part of my workout routine. If I can yoga, you can yoga.

Mountain Pose

Anywhere from 15 seconds to 1 minute

Why?

Improves posture and grounds you for the workout ahead. Also is used as a starting position for most standing poses we will do!

For an index and pictures of all the yoga poses I discuss, check out My Virtual Yoga! It has the pose, a picture, and more!

For an index and pictures of all the yoga poses I discuss, check out My Virtual Yoga! It has the pose, a picture, and more!

Visualization:

If your into that sort of thing… I find it helps me to feel more grounded and relaxed.

  • Imagine the top of your head reaching towards the sky and the base of your feet rooted into the earth
If you need help visualizing... Imagine you are somewhere beautiful and peaceful in nature, like by the Columbia River out in the gorge.

If you need help visualizing… Imagine you are somewhere beautiful and peaceful in nature, like by the Columbia River out in the gorge.

How?

  • Stand with your feet together, distribute your weight evenly
  • Straighten your legs (don’t lock your knees)
  • Draw your abs in towards your back and elongate your torso and neck
  • Arms beside you, relax your shoulders, reach your fingertips to the ground
  • Practice deep belly breathing, in through your nose and out through your mouth

Bored? Try these variations…

  • Close eyes, move feet hip distance apart, sway back & forth balancing back into the center (this will engage your core muscles and improve your balance)
  • Pilates V Pose: stand w/ your heels together and toes turned out like a ballerina
My name is Emma Petshow and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. For more about myself, check out my bio. This blog is intended for information about preventive health and lifestyle improvement. The information contained on this blog is not to be used as medical advice. For specific medical advice you should consult your physician.
Sugar Cleanse Day #8! No more symptoms or cravings. My energy level is up and my stomach is less bloated. #sugarcleansewin

Sugar Cleanse Day #8! No more symptoms or cravings. My energy level is up and my stomach is less bloated. #sugarcleansewin

Many of you have requested that I post my daily diet during my sugar cleanse. On Friday, I will put up the last few days, some pictures, and a few recipes along with my typical Foodie Friday post.

Today I started my day off with scrambled eggs and white cheddar cheese and some sautéed veggies (garlic, kale, onion, and bell peppers). Of course this was consumed with a nice cup of coffee and some water! #nomnom

Coffee coffee coffee! Mason jars work for everything...

Coffee coffee coffee! Mason jars work for everything…

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