Wellness: National Yoga Month
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that yoga is one of the most popular AND beneficial workouts out there. Not only does it give your muscles, joints, and tendons and bones some love, it calms the brain and nerves while deepening your inner connection with yourself. Yoga has long been used to treat multiple physical and mental disruptions as well as to prep the body for stillness, utilized during mantra and meditation. Simple poses, held in increments provides your brain with focus, your body with strength, and your life with balance. In honor of National Yoga Month, we have put together the perfect set of poses to wake you up in the morning so you can start each day with a clear mind and full spirit.
Osmosis' National Yoga Month Stretch for Health Routine:
Upon waking, sit upright on your legs. Take 5 deep breaths and set your intentions for the day in your mind.
From your seat, move forward into child's pose. This will wake up your organs, ease lower back pain and help align your spine. Stay in this pose for 2 minutes and breathe deeply.
From Child's Pose, slowly push your body up onto all fours and breathe into Cat/Cow Pose. Cat/Cow warms up your muscles, joints, and spine all while deeply stretching out the back. Repeat the movement up to 10 times.
From Cat/Cow move into Downward Dog. Downward Dog stretches your legs, arms, neck, and back (full body, if you will). Breathe through the pose 5 times.
From Downward Dog, move into Warrior II pose. Breathe through this 8 times, then switch to the other side.
Move into standing position and get ready for Triangle Pose. Breathe through the pose 5 times, then repeat on the other side.
Take 20 seconds per leg and hold Tree Pose. Close your eyes and focus on the intentions you set for the day.
From Tree Pose, go to knee position, moving into Camel Pose. Don't fret if this pose is too deep for you, simply modify it by sticking out your chest and abs until you feel a comfortable, deep stretch. Breathe through this pose 10 times, really focus on making room for your lungs and other organs to function, imaging the air going through your body and your body being grateful and fulfilled.
Take time this September to give yoga a chance. These simple poses are beneficial and quick. Yoga is the perfect workout to fit into a busy lifestyle. You can do these poses for as long or as little as you like, just make sure you DO them!
Once you have completed these moves, give your body and brain an extra boost of goodness with Inner Harmony Harmonized Water, then hit the ground running! We promise you will feel like a superhuman if you complete this routine every morning, look out batman er... superwoman, we're coming for you!