5 Yoga Moves to De-Stress & Get Your Body Going

I know that ‘time is of the essence’ for the great majority of us as overly–busy women. No matter whether it is business travel, family obligations, or general day-to-day living that is keeping us occupied, we must carve out a small chunk of time to keep our bodies moving.  I have mentioned before that as American women, we sit 56+ hours a week, something Women’s Health Mag notes as being called ‘sitting disease.’

I know you are busy, over-committed, and previously engaged in something else, but that does not take away your responsibility to your health and taking action against heart disease, diabetes, or a bad spine.  You have heard it all before, so I am not going to beat a dead horse, I am just going to say, Time to get a move on it.

Personally, I love a combo of cardio and yoga, but I don’t always have the time (there is the t-word again) to fit it all in.  When this happens, I find myself asking Lisa Friday, yoga instructor and LuLu Lemon Ambassador, to share a yoga quickie with me that I can do at home or on the road when traveling.

You know yoga gives you everything from a sunnier outlook to major confidence to hotter sex.  With yoga being both soothing and energizing, I figured why not ask Lisa to help me show a quick yoga workout to start your day off whether you are pressed for time or not.  In an effort to sit just a tiny bit less, and spend a little time on our health, here are –

5 Yoga Moves to De-Stress & Get Your Body Going:

 

Crescent Lunge Variation

 

1.  Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana) Variation

From downward facing dog step your right foot forward to your right thumb and drop your left knee to the mat, bring both hands to the mat on the inside of your right ankle, and drop your left knee to the mat.  Sink your hips toward your front heel (your left knee should be well behind your left hip).  Bend your left knee and catch your left foot with your right hand, twisting to the right. Hold for 5 deep breaths and repeat on the left.

 

Crescent LungeVariation #2

2.  Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana) Variation

From downward facing dog, step your right foot to your right thumb. Keep the back heel lifted and reach your arms to the sky.  Reach your right arm back and your left arm forward, turning your chest toward the right. Lightly place the right hand on the left thigh and reach the left arm up to the sky. Hold for 5 deep breaths and repeat on the left.

 

Reverse Warrior

3.  Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana) Variation

From warrior II pose on the right, reach your right arm up to the sky and wrap your left arm around your back reaching for your right hip crease. Lengthen both sides of the waist towards the sky as you move into a slight backward-stretch. Hold for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on left side.

 Prayer Twist

4.  Chair Pose (Utkatasana) with Prayer Twist

Begin in chair pose, knees bent and big toes touching. Bring your hands to heart-center and sit lower as you twist, hooking your left elbow to the outside of the right knee. Keep the shoulders higher than the hips and both sides of the waist long. Hold for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on left.

 Boat Pose

5.  Boat Pose (Navasana)

Sit tall on your sitting bones and grab the backs of your thighs with your hands, lift your legs keeping the knees and inner edges of the feet touching.  Maintain a long spine and open sternum. Focus on the muscles in the low belly and deep in the core.  For a greater challenge, reach your arms forward along the sides of your legs. Hold for 5 deep breaths.

Repeat 5 times.

 Low Plank
 
 
BONUS 1:  Low Plank
 
Come into plank pose (Dandasana) and lower onto your forearms. Place your palms flat and shorten the distance between your front ribs and pelvis while keeping the sides of the body long. Press your heels back and press your hamstrings toward the sky, engaging the leg muscles. Avoid sagging in the low back (you can put your knees down for extra support). Hold for 5-10 breaths (working your way up to a 1-minute hold or even more).

 

Funky Plank

 

BONUS 2:  Low Variation (Funky Plank)

From low plank place one hand on the mat where your elbow should be. Hug the arm in and level out the chest and hips. Hold for 1-5 deep breaths. Try each side.

 

What are you waiting for?  Stand up and get moving…..

Credits- 

Yoga Poses:  Lisa Friday

Photography:  Anthony MusmannoIdea Mill

Studio:  Amazing Yoga

Clothing:  LuLu Lemon


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