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5 YOGA POSES TO GROUND AND BALANCE YOU

5 YOGA POSES TO GROUND AND BALANCE YOU
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We live in such a go-go-go world. Driving, texting, facebooking, talking, scheduling. Every moment is filled until our heads hit the pillow. Even if we aren’t physically doing something, we are buzzing around inside our head. Thoughts knocking about and tripping over each other. If you ever feel like life has got the better of you and you have been swept up in the anxiety of it all this is where yoga can be such an incredible mind-body tool. It has the power to cultivate dynamic energy, change your mood or even re-balance and ground you. When you feel like the carpet has been pulled out from under you, try these four yoga poses to earth you, connect you back to the ground and reset your mind. Begin with a few rounds of Surya Namasakar (Sun Salutation) A + B to warm the body up. 1) Adho mukkha virasana – forward hero pose Introverted. Restorative. Stabilising. Grounding back towards your heels and lengthening the spine forward creates a balance between stability and stretching. There is also something quite nurturing about this pose as you fold inward. Pressing the forehead to the mat or a block can instantly calm and centre you.  2) Uttanasana – Forward bending Releasing. Quietening. Opening. Without doing much you can really open and release through the lower back and hamstrings, simply by standing (feet hip width apart or together for more advanced) and folding forward. Your head will be below your heart and this immediately calms the breath and the nervous system. Hanging out here for 5 minutes can do wonders! 3) Virabhradrasana 2 – Warrior 2   Dynamic. Grounded. Strong. Feel powerful and connected to your body through your feet in this warrior pose. By using the feet and legs her as your stable foundation you can really cultivate a sense of grounding down and physical power. 5 to 10 breaths as a minimum will help you feel strong and focused. 4) Ardha Chandrasana – half moon pose Centering, balancing, focused. It’s hard to think of anything else but the fact that you are trying to balance on my leg, stack the hips and open the body up whilst taking your arm overhead. You will immediately feel re-focused and re-aligned. If it’s too difficult to look up, look straight ahead and hold for 5 – 10 breaths each side. 5)  Pachimottanasana – Seated forward bend Introverted. Quietening. Releasing. Not only does this pose strengthen and release the hamstrings and lower back but it also helps to move stuck energy in the heart and hip areas. Spending a few minutes in a forward bend will really help to quieten and calm your system down whilst working deeply into the body. Use supports like bolsters or blocks if you can’t fold deeply. This will help you stay for longer without any discomfort. I invite you to feel grounded, balanced and centered. Saha to you, Cx    



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