Ever notice what happens to the body as the weather turns cooler? Aches and pains from annoying to downright painful start showing up leaving us to wonder... what’s next? The back may start to feel the strain of shoulders rounding in, arms cross, as we struggle to keep the chill away, essentially blocking out the cold.
However taken one step further, what that in turns does to our moods and attitudes? Intentionally or not, how we carry ourselves affect our moods directly. Every part of the body from the head to the feet show the outside world how we are feeling, whether we like it or not. If we become aware of noticing our body language, we can begin to improve our posture and open up, both physically and mentally. This is one of the first steps in letting the confidence and warmth into the body as well as our thoughts. Bringing more heat building postures into our practice can take us from the yoga studio to the outside world, with a renewed sense of self, confident in where we stand and how we go forth into our day. What is your body saying and not saying to the outside world? Is it the message you want to be sending?
• Stretches the chest, shoulders and neck, abdomen
• Strengthens the shoulders and arms, and the muscles of the back
• Strengthens and stretches the hip flexors, thighs, calves, and ankles
Step feet out to wrist-width apart. Turn front foot straight ahead and back foot in slightly. Turn hips toward the front foot as arms lift toward the sky, palms facing each other. Align front knee directly over front ankle.
Press the front foot forward and the back heel back. The arms reach upward while the hips drop.
Variations: Straightening front leg slightly and keep arms at sides or a more challenging pose would be to bring the front knee to 90-degree bend.