Extended Puppy Pose - UTTANA SHISHOSANA
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* Begin on all fours with your shoulders over your wrists and your knees under your hips
* Walk your hands a few inches forward
* Curl or lengthen your toes
* Extend your hips high to the sky
* Allow your forehead or chin, as well as your chest to rest on the ground, depending on your flexibility
* Keep your elbows elevated
* Relax your neck ::Lengthen your spine
Also known in Yin Yoga as anahatasana or heart-melting pose, this cooling posture has numerous benefits:
- Releases tension in you upper arms, shoulders, and neck.
- Expands the whole front of your chest.
- Stretches out your abdominal muscles.
- Gently stimulates your back muscles in preparation for further backbends.
- Opens up your hips and stretches your hamstrings.
Modified Baddha Parsvakonasana - Half Split pose
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Always take care and listen to your body
stretches, tones, and strengthens the entire body, inside and out. It stretches the thighs, knees, ankles, calves, groins, chest, and shoulders. This pose builds strength in the legs, as well, particularly in the quadriceps and ankles. It also stimulates and tones the abdominal organs and lungs, which improves digestion, elimination, metabolism, and breathing capacity.
This pose challenges and improves your balance, and it also helps to develop stamina and full-body coordination. It improves concentration, increasing energy and confidence. It relieves stiffness in the shoulders, and can also be therapeutic for low back pain and sciatica.
In addition, twisting helps to detoxify the body by stimulating fresh blood flow through the organs, particularly the kidneys, liver, and spleen. This deep twist will help wring out toxins that are preventing your body from performing at its peak!
Do not practice this pose if you are currently experiencing headaches, insomnia, or high or low blood pressure. Women who are pregnant should also avoid this pose. If you have a neck injury or current neck pain, do not turn your head upward in the pose. Instead, keep your gaze straight ahead with both sides of your neck evenly extended. Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.
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