Of late, my favorite yoga pose of all has become the extended side angle pose. Part of the Vinyassa flow series, this pose strengthens your quads, thighs, stomach, arms, gluts and upper back. It’s an « all in one » pose, shall we say, that’s got you covered.
Busy moms can’t always make an hour-long yoga class. When you’re short on time, lay out a mat (or a blanket) and take five to ten minutes for yourself to flow through a short series of poses while breathing deeply and regularly. Try downward dog, Warrior One, Crescent Lunge … breathe in, breathe out.
How to do Extended Side Angle Pose
From the Warrior Two position, stretch your front arm forward and place it in front of your front foot in parallel position. Tilt your body upwards. Then raise your other arm directly over your shoulder and then arch it further to curve while stretching frontwards over your ear. Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat.
Remember your alignment when executing the Extended Side Angle pose. Your upper hip should be centered over your lower hip; your upper shoulder over your lower shoulder.
Life isn’t always about climbing the mountain. Rather, sometimes it’s about little bits, a taste, a few moments spent lifting someone else’s spirit or your own. Whether it’s through yoga, walking, running, biking or some other physical activity, move your body to lift your spirit and to find peace and calm.
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