Yoga Day is an opportunity for everyone to be introduced to the many aspects of yoga practice of finding a mind body connection. With an open heart and open mind, anyone can practice mindfulness, yoga breathing techniques, or a range of physical practices and flows.
For today’s purpose, we want to inspire you to expand your horizons and realize that elements of yoga can be beneficial for anyone; grab a friend, or take some me time to try this easy flow at your convenience; skip, modify, or expand upon what you wish – yoga is about doing what feels right in your body. And remember – wherever you are is exactly where you’re supposed to be. Through practice and openness, you can grow your practice, but listen to your body and do what feels good!
In honor of yesterday’s full moon, and the first day of summer, we’ve designed a flow that promotes openness and shines your heart skyward. Follow along below and with our quick video!
Begin standing with your feet firmly planted into the ground, slightly smaller than hip-width’s distance apart. Close your eyes and take a deep, cleansing breath in through your nose, out through your mouth.
- Mountain Pose (Tadasana): Reach your hand up to the sky, shoulders shrugged down away from your ears.
- Steeple grip your hands, and exhale sidebend to the right; inhale back to center, repeat on left.
- Inhale to center, exhale, cactus your arms to shoulder height while initiating a slight backbend, keeping your neck neutral, gaze skyward.
- Forward fold through hi to lo pushup (Chataranga Dandasana), upward facing dog and downward facing dog.
- Step your right foot forward into low lunge, raising your arms above your head, hands into steeple grip for a slight backbend.
- Spin open into Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II), inhale into reverse warrior.
- Breathing back through Warrior II into Triangle Pose (Trikonasana); shift your left hip back and reach your right arm forward as far as you can before tick-tocking your arms to 6 & 12. Keep your back flat, twisting and opening your heart forward, send your gaze upward.
- Flow back through Warrior II, and shifting the weight into your front foot begin to fly into Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana); reach your right hand to the ground, twist your heart open, and lift your left leg to a right angle. Keep your gaze towards the ground, or turn to look up towards your left hand.
- Step back to Warrior II, flow through Chataranga, repeat on left side, then come into Child’s Pose (Balasana) to rest.