Take It Down A Notch
Stress is a usual part of life. It’s how we respond to it that can make all the difference.
Use this simple yet very relaxing peaceful yoga sequence whenever you have a difficult day, are facing an important decision, or, are recharging your internal batteries from an athletic event, such as a marathon.
Sit on your mat and assume Easy Pose. Take several deep breaths, inhaling on the up swing and exhaling on the down swing.
Peaceful Yoga Sequence For Full Moon Instructions
Seated Namaste Pose. From Easy Pose, outstretch your arms, palms together, and bring your hands towards your chest until they just touch your body. Point your fingers up. Keep your body relaxed. Hold 30 seconds.
Simple Seated Twist. Transition – Take a deep breath and bring your right knee up toward your chest. Reach your right arm around your back with your left arm following. Look over your right shoulder then turn your head left to twist. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat for left side.
Bridge Pose. Transition – Take a deep breath and lay down flat on your mat on the exhale. Palms facing down, arms at your sides, bend your knees keeping your feet securely on the floor. Push up with your hips to form a bridge. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat five times.
Child Pose. Transition – Inhale and exhale while again assuming Easy Pose. Tuck your feet under your seat. Your knees should touch. On an exhale bend forward and touch your forehead to your mat. Reach your arms over your head. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat three times.
Cobra Pose. Transition – On an exhale from Child Pose raise your head up and reach forward with your hands, stretch, and at the same time smoothly straighten your legs. Keep your torso raised up,slack in your elbows. Hands flat. Hold 10-30 seconds. Repeat three times.
Cat/Cow Pose. Transition – On an exhale from Cobra, assume Table Pose (on all fours). Align your head with your shoulders. Hands flat. Deep breath in, arch your back (round it), hold it 10- 20 seconds, then exhale deeply and tuck in your a muscles pulling naval to spine. Repeat five times.
To Finish transition from Cat/Cow Pose back to Easy Pose and follow the instructions above for Seated Namaste Pose. Hold for 30 seconds or longer. Push up from your seat, assume a Standing Forward Bend, raise up to Volcano Pose and then finally flow into a Standing Namaste Pose. Hold for 30 seconds or longer.
You’ve completed my Yoga Sequence For Full Moon
Increase hold times for greater challenge, but do not add more asanas. There is no time limit except what you can physically handle.
If you can create a place that’s completely quiet that would be ideal. If not, you can use earplugs to help shut out noise. They still allow you to hear kids or any other important things going on around you, yet they dull distracting sounds.
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