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.
Anywhere from 15 seconds to 1 minute per side
Improves balance, concentration, and spatial awareness (otherwise known as proprioception).
Abdominals, Glutes, Adductors, Quadriceps, Abductors, Hamstrings, Gastrocnemius
If your into that sort of thing… I find it helps me to feel more grounded and relaxed.
- Imagine you are standing tall like a tree. Root your feet into the earth.
- Start in Mountain Pose
- Transfer weight to right foot
- Bend left knee & lift your foot to place it as high as you comfortably can on your inner right thigh (toes point down)
- Bring your hands into prayer position
- Draw abdominals in, lengthen your torso, bring your right knee back & hip forward
- Raise your arms up towards the ceiling, keep your pelvis equal
- Focus on a spot in front of you for balance
- Switch legs and repeat
- Place your back against a wall for balance
- Try the pose keeping your hands in prayer position
- Try the pose, but keep your raised leg lower (i.e. on the calf of your standing leg)