Friday Five: Yoga Addition!

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Woohoo! TGIF! Am I right!?
Some of you may not really care about my favorite yoga poses but I’d still like to share and also tell you some of the benefits to these poses I decided to choose for Friday Five!

First off, the poses I have chosen are typically done while warming up or going through restorative sequences. With the exception of Downward Facing Dog, which can be a more “active” pose.

  1. Thread the Needle Pose aka. Revolved Child’s Pose aka. Parsva Balasana

This pose benefits your shoulders and upper back. Opens up and stretches your upper back as well as shoulder blades.

*I have chronic back pain and sitting/standing/walking…etc. for too long begins to make my back sore. This pose is calming while giving my back a nice stretch.

  1. Pigeon Pose aka. Kapotasana

This pose lengthens hip flexors. Stretches the thighs. Opens the hip and chest, while conditioning spine for back bends.

*My hips tend to be tight so I have to wiggle till I’m comfortable. Once I accomplish that, This stretch feels nice in my quads especially after leg day.

  1. Knee Down Twist Pose aka. Supta Matsyendrasana

This pose opens sacrum ( butt bone) relieves tension in the spine. Calming and helps aid digestion.

*Again with my back pain, this pose helps gently twist out and relive the knots in my lower back. I even get some popping when I do this pose. MI haven’t noticed anything with my digestion though…but that’s internal so who knows lol

  1. Reclined Bound Angle Pose aka. Goddess Pose aka. Supta Baddha Konasana

This pose opens the groin area. Hips are stretched.

*This pose is really relaxing and helps slowly stretch out my tight hips.

  1. Downward Facing Dog aka. Adho Mukha Svanasana

Re-Energizing. Strengthens ankles, strengthens legs, strengthens hips, strengthens core, strengthens shoulders, strengthens wrists. Relieves stiffness in shoulders.

*Can’t go wrong with downward dog! Love this pose to get my energy juices flowing. I love feeling my breath with this pose, I can really open my diaphragm.

Hope you enjoyed this post! I hope you can find a way to incorporate yoga into your daily life!

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