Do you ever have those days…?

  • when you have so many tasks on your to-do list,
  • your mind is running at a thousand miles a minute, and
  • it feels like you can’t do anything quick enough to catch up to it?

Did you know? Balance poses can help you focus your scattered mind leaving you feeling more calm, less stressed, and better able to tackle the tasks at hand.

Through yoga and balance postures, you can also:

  • build ankle stability and strength
  • improve leg strength
  • develop and strengthen your will power

Try this gentle 3 posture yoga sequence to help find your sense of calm. Give yourself these 10 minutes – your body and mind (and those around you!) will thank you for feeling more at peace.

This would also be a great addition at the end of your exercise program, after your stretches.

If you are pregnant, there are more appropriate prenatal exercise classes and options. Please see a certified personal trainer or yoga teacher specializing in prenatal fitness.

 

First, get yourself comfortable.

Find a quiet space to practice. Make sure you are comfortable both in what you’re wearing and your body temperature.

Seated comfortably, start by bringing your attention to the breath. Try and length your inhales and exhales, helping to bring focus and purpose to your breath.

Gently begin to warm up through your spine with small movement. Match one movement to your inhale, and one movement to your exhale.

Once your mind and body are ready, perform the following sequence of postures. Make sure to take 3 to 8 full cycles of breath for each pose for the maximum benefit.

 

Let’s begin.

 

Mountain Pose

Stand tall, with your feet firmly planted under you. Bring your feet together, with toes touching and your heels just slightly apart. If you prefer, stand with your feet hip distance apart.

Close your eyes. Visualize lengthening your spine, growing tall through the crown of the head, shoulders relaxed. Think about rooting your feet to the ground, through your heels and balls of the feet. Relax your toes.

Pay attention to how your joints are stacked: shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles.

Breathe deep into the belly finding energy and exhale completely to release tension.

 

Tree Pose

Stand tall. Begin rooting into your right foot, to balance on your right side. Open your left knee, bringing your left heel to rest against your right ankle. Relax your toes.

Bring your palms together, in front of the chest. Focus on the breath and feel the energy between your hands.

Release the foot, come to Mountain Pose. Repeat other side.

There are tons of great variations you take with this posture to challenge you further! Please, be safe and make sure to do so under the guidance of a certified yoga teacher.

 

Savasana

Come to lie on your back. Rest your arms by your sides, palms up. Let your feet flop open to release your hips. If you have lower back pain, bend your knees. Try and relax your body, including your facial muscles by relaxing the jaw.

Make sure to come up to seated gently, from your side.

 

Ahhh, doesn’t that feel better?

These are just basics postures to try on your own!

With the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher, you can safely explore these postures even deeper. This allows your body to truly appreciate the full benefits.

If you’re looking for a more in-depth understanding of the above postures or how you can receive your own personalized sequence of yoga exercises for a different goal, including weight loss or prenatal exercise classes, please contact me.

You can book a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation to learn more. As your yoga personal trainer, I’d love to help you discover your own balance of strength, calm, and flexibility through private yoga sessions.

Disclaimer: Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. By following any of the advice here, you do so at your own risk.