Teach Me Thursday : De-stress with Yoga

Anyone use any of the tips from Getting Through Finals Week?! Hopefully they helped out a few of you! They can be used to help you get through any fatigued time though, not just finals! Try them out next time your feeling a little run down, which could be today… Thursday, so close to the weekend, yet the rest of the week is starting to catch up with you!

Great thing about Thursday though means another round of…..

TEACH ME THURSDAY! 

With all the talk of stressful time of getting through finals, made me think of the PERFECT workout for de-stressing… YOGA!

Yoga helps to relieve stress by calming you, as well as loosen those tightened muscles you may have from holding on to all that stress. Some moves also help increase circulation, which help to give you a little energy boost! Perfect workout to help get through finals, or any other stressful and fatigued time.

Do a round of these 7 poses, and you’ll be clear minded and relaxed in no time!

 

Tree PoseTree Pose

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Shifting your weight to your right foot, raise left foot and let it “rest either against the inside of your right ankle (beginner), just above the inside of your right knee (intermediate), or at the top inside of your right thigh (advanced).”

Benefits: The position improves balance and strengthens thighs, calves, and ankles. While improving your balance and coordination, this pose helps you to focus and concentrate more clearly.

 

The Triangle

Stand with your legs spread apart, about twice the length of shoulder-width. Turn your right foot out 90degrees, so your toes are pointing out in front of you. Pivot your left foot inwards slightly. Align the right heel with the left heel. Raise your arms parallel to the floor, stretching actively from fingertip to fingertip. Extend your torso to the right, firmly placing left heel to the ground while slowly lowering hand to rest on your shin, ankle, or on the floor outside your right foot (depending on your level). At the same time stretch your left arm toward the ceiling, shoulders aligned keeping your arms perpendicular to the floor. Stay in the pose for 30seconds to 1 minute, switch feet and repeat on other side.

Benefits: Improves coordination and balance. The triangle pose gives a complete stretch through the whole body which loosens any tight muscles you may have from holding that stress in.

The Warrior poseWarrior Pose

Leaving feet about 4 feet apart. Raise arms parallel to the floor, palms down, actively stretching out to the sides. Turn your right foot in slightly to the right while turning your left foot about 90 degrees to the left and bend the knee, making sure to keep the knee cap in line with the ankle. Your shin should be perpendicular to the floor. “ Keep the sides of the torso equally long and the shoulders directly over the pelvis. Press the tailbone slightly toward the pubis. Turn the head to the left and look out over the fingers.” Hold this pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute, switch feet and repeat on the other side.

Benefits: Strengthens abdominal muscles, arms, and legs. Opens the chest and the groin area. Increases stamina.

Spinal Flex/Camel Ride

“Sit with legs crossed, holding onto calves or shins. Inhale and lift chest forward and up. Inhale and exhale as you round spine, chin to chest. Start slowly and increase pace steadily. Continue for three minutes.” 

Spinal FlexSpinal Flex

Benefits: This movement releases blocked energy in the spine.

Arm Pumps

Air PumpsInterlace fingers in front of you. Clasp hands so knuckles face out, palms in. Inhale, bring arms up and overhead. Exhale, lower hands down to knees. Continue this motion with a strong breath, inhaling arms up, exhaling arms down. Start with 3 minutes and build up to 7 minutes. To finish, inhale with arms up. Hold the breath for 15 seconds. Exhale and release hands down.

Benefits: The pumping motion stimulates energy flow from the spinal column to other parts of the body.

Lateral Child’s Pose

Lateral Child's Pose

Kneel on the floor with your big toes touching, sit on your heels with your knees about hip width apart. Laying head down to floor, hold for 10 seconds. Then gently walk your hands to one side, feeling a stretch along the ribs and shoulder on your other side. Take deep breath, exhale and then gently walk your hands in the opposite side, taking another deep breath.

Benefits: This pose stretches the knees and lower back. It gets blood flowing to the brain and helps relieve fatigue.

Corpse Pose

Corpse Pose

This is the most basic of all yoga poses, and is the perfect way to end the relaxation process. Relax completely on your back (like a corpse, get it?!). The arms and legs are spread at about 45 degrees, eyes close and breathing deep. You’ll want your whole body completely relaxed onto the floor while concentrating only on your chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath. Rest here for 5 minutes or until you are ready to tackle that stress!!!

Benefits: This resting pose is a complete relaxation of the entire body and is said to eliminate fatigue and relieve stress.

 

Try out some of these relaxing yoga poses to help you make it to the weekend!

 

What is your favorite way to de-stress?!

Ever do yoga when feeling stressed out and fatigued?

Any fun weekend plans?! It is Cinco de Mayo Saturday!!!

I get to go spend the weekend with the boy’s family, his sister is graduating with her Bachelor’s! Along with Cinco de Mayo on Saturday…talk about party time. :)

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