Yoga Tips for Earth Day Full Version

Felt truly relaxed stress just melted away I went from a size 18 to a size 8 I start getting sick pain disappears I learned to open my heart and I felt fiddlin yoga yoga for real people with real problem hello I’m Deborah divine and welcome to healing yoga yoga for real people with real problems and yes that was me in the cartoon I was in terrible shape before learning about gentle yoga and one of my biggest problems was getting sick all the time now let yoga help you to celebrate Earth Day with these healingyoga tips that put us in sync with Mother Earth slow the flow of breath down and ground the mind now let’s begin with Tad Asana Mountain Pose we’re going to be standing either with our feet together big toes touching. And the inner part of the heels touching or, if this is not feeling comfortable for you for your legs or your back you can take your feet a little bit wider feet directly underneath the hips and, if this is still not feeling comfortable for you can take your feet a little bit wider yet a little bit wider than hips. And then come back on the heels pick up the toes and begin to spread the toes apart.

And then lay them down one at a time then we’re going to bring awareness to the ball of a big toe. And the inner part of the heel we’re going to be bringing these parts of the foot together creating a little bit more support for the inner arch now go to the baby toe side of the foot and press down there as well energize the muscles of the legs the upper Lakes could be going for a bit of an inner spiral this is protecting the low back reading a little bit more room in the SI joints go into the pelvic girdle and squeeze and hug everything into the midline feel how much power you have in the pelvis feel the shoulder blades come together with the arms back and let them come down towards the waist externally rotate the upper arms of palms are facing forward here is a wonderful way to energize the glutes you can let go of the striving in the effort when you fatigue.

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But the longer you could hold this wonderful engagement of the muscles the stronger you’re going to be getting now we’re going to come into tree pose Rick Shah sana take the feet a little bit closer together the tree is a wonderful pose to get engagement of the glutes. But we have to have a firm foundation so take the left foot and spread the toes nice and wide. And then take the right foot. And just lean the right heel up against the left angle imagine taproots coming out of the feet out of the heel a big tap root is coming down 10 20 30 40 50 feet the ball of the big toe the bottle of the baby toe also big tap roots coming down. And then just imagine secondary roots growing off of the tap roots. And then tertiary roots hair like roots everybody’s roots are intertwined here. So you feel very secure now you feel really good you can begin to bring your foot up a little bit higher but, if you feel like you’re losing your balance just bring your foot back down energize that grounded lake house muscle to bone feel the glutes engage draw the sit bones together as you externally rotate this right leg out inhale the arms up engage the bottom part of the body and feel lightness and openness an expansiveness in the top part of the body now we’ll move into prasarita padottan Asana wide-legged standing forward fold this can be a very invigorating pose for many of us it brings a lot of blood into the head into the eyes and that’s one of the benefits of inversion so Patricia is going to be using a chair as we go into prasarita padottan Asana we’re going to be coming into the pose very gently and softly bending the knees taking the sit bones back let the hands come onto the knees the elbows come onto the knees being kind of the hamstrings is very important we don’t want to stretch the hamstrings to the point of caring takes a year and a half to fix hamstrings will be very gentle, if you feel comfortable lengthening the hamstrings and straightening the back of the knees maybe that would feel wonderful you can bring your hands down to the floor, if that’s feeling good you could also be using a chair or a bolster a couple of pillows and we’re just going to be moving the hips from side to side and lengthening out the hamstrings one at a time long slow smooth and breasts long slow smooth out breaths let the head come down and hang shaking the head nodding the head moving ahead in circles we’re releasing a lot of tension out of the back of the neck out of the spine out of the scalp and we’re bringing an enormous amount of product and even nervous amount of energy into the brain now we’ll take the hands on the hips and will energize the legs. And then on an in-breath rise up wonderful now let’s go into Child’s Pose. And we’ll move into downward facing dog.

So we come on to our knees and our hands the knees can be wide the feet together. And the arms will be out in the front we’re taking the forehead down to the ground and resting we’re taking the sit bones back tail bones coming back and we’re letting the out-breath be complete letting the belly come to the front spine we feel the pelvis pouring the spine out in this pose we feel the spine lengthening this is a part of the information superhighway the brain is one area where we have intelligence. But there’s also intelligence all the way down the back concentrating in the spine in the spinal column now we can turn the toes under and move into downward-facing dog we’re pressing down into the base of the index finger. And the thumb. And the meat of the thumb and pressing down into the toes the sit bones come up inner spiral of the upper leg bones outer spiral of the upper arm bones taking the heart back towards the thighs broadening the shoulder blades making space around the shoulder shelf letting the head come down nodding the head shaking the head releasing all of the tension in the spine we’re bringing more prada and more oxygen more blood down into the brain when you’re ready come down knees supporting you into Child’s Pose resting your forehead resting the forehead on the ground is a wonderful way to calm the mind allowing the mind to become still. And we do that by reading the breath we do that by keeping our awareness on where the breath is breathing the body when we have our forehead supported on the ground there’s a cooling effect on the brain. So all of the mental activity that may be preventing us from being able to access information easily all of that excess thinking drops down. And then what’s left is this wonderful peaceful calm still lake surface after all of his hard work inverting ourselves and releasing long-held tension in the neck. And the head and bringing awareness to all kinds of prana and oxygen and blood that’s coming into the head now we’re just going to cool off and relax relaxing is one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves in order to just improve health of the whole head the brain the scalp relaxing is an important aspect of the practice. Because it balances all of our hormones veep ritika Ronnie legs up the wall or legs on a chair is a wonderful way to warm down again you can see we’ve got this idea yeah of prana slowing down towards the head the legs are supported low back is very happy. And the belly is open and soft bring your awareness to the eyes visualize your eyes as lungs take a long slow smooth and breath into the eyes feel the eyes drinking in all of this oxygen now we’ll move into shav Asana just lift the legs I’ll remove the chair. And then you can bring your knees bent yes. And then lengthen your legs out one at a time, if you’re using a bolster or rolled up blanket just place it underneath your knees for some support and that will help your low back, if you have cucumbers or chamomile tea bags at home it might feel wonderful to put them on your eyes so nice to put them on the brow bone staying away from the cornea bring awareness back to your eyes just notice that when you inhale there’s this natural tendency for the eyes to look up behind the closed eyelids see, if you can resist this tendency and keep the eyes low looking at where the eyelashes come together please continue to enjoy sav Asana for at least another 15 minutes. And we’ll see you next time on healingyoga unless day thanks for reading be sure to subscribe to the blog and stay up to date on all the latest posts and let me know in the comments section below what other kind of posts you’d like to see.

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