Top 5 Yoga Poses

Yoga is in. Partly because it's cool to say you're a yogi, but it also has some amazing health benefits and compliments a teatox very well. If you have some nagging back pain or just want a break from the day to collect your thoughts, try these five quick yoga poses.

Before you begin, it always helps to take 5 deep breaths and focus your mind on the present moment of yoga practice. It's easiest to do this in a quiet, calm location.

1. Child's Pose (video)
From a kneeling position, slowly place your chest down onto your thighs and your forehead to the floor. Place your arms lengthened by your side with your hands next to your feet.

Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose and as you exhale through the nose try to sink your booty back down toward your heels to feel the spine gently curving over your thighs.

Hold for 5-10 breaths.

2. Cat/Cow Pose (video)
Move into a tabletop position with your wrists beneath your shoulders and your knees beneath your hips. Press your palms into the ground.

As you inhale, look forward, reaching your tailbone to the sky. Exhale as you tuck your chin to your chest and reach your tailbone to the floor. Continue these movements based on your breathing rate. 

Complete for 5 breath cycles.

3. Downward Facing Dog (video)
Place your palms a little wider than shoulder width and tuck your toes and lift your hips into the air. Move your chest back toward your thighs and place your arms straight. RElax your head. Roll your shoulders away from your ears and keep your knees bent while you walk one heel down at a time.

Do for 5-10 breaths.

4. Standing Forward Bend (video)
Walk your feet toward your hands and let your upper body just hang with a relaxed neck and head. Begin with bent knees and if there is no tension in your lower back you can start to straighten your legs. As you inhale lengthen the spine and as you exhale slowly move your head towards your feet.

Do for 10 breaths.

Remember to listen to your body and don't push it if you begin to strain anywhere. Doing these five moves for 10 minutes each day is a great way to improve your flexibility and mental clarity. Happy yoga!


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