Make it one more for my baby & 5 Yoga Poses for the Road–You have to learn them before you can pack them up and take them on the road with you. Don’t fret if you are just getting started with yoga.
It does not matter what your level is. I remember doing yoga for the first time. Copying the moves from the yoga instructor was difficult enough. Learning how to twist and turn into the poses and gaining awareness of my body was another level altogether.
Taking that with you on the road can add to stress levels or level the stress out. We are here to make sure it is the latter!
Behold here are 5 Yoga Poses for Road
Plank Pose (Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana)
- Lean forward and touch the ground with your hands, bending your knees as much as you need to.
- Once all four limbs are on flat on the ground, step your legs back one at a time. You are now in a high plank pose. Well done.
- Make sure your hands are perpendicular to the ground and shoulder width apart. Pull your abdominal muscles in so that they don’t sag. But don’t let them rise to form an arch.
- Engage your leg and arm muscles. Hold your core and take a few deep breaths.
This is a vital position that will work the muscles of your front body.
Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
- Take a deep breath.
- Exhale and use your hands to push yourself such that your hips arch.
- Your heels can be fully flat on the ground. But if they aren’t, no need to fret. You might be still adjusting to yoga (or have slightly longer legs).
- Wiggle your feet to warm up your lower limb muscles.
The Downward dog helps you to transition to many other poses. Take this chance to relax and prepare yourself for the next apocalypse.
Warrior I (Virabhadrasana)
- Bring your right foot forward and step in between your hands. Make sure your foot is not in the centre but slightly closer to your right hand.
- Bring your head down and look at your navel. Curl your tailbone and roll up to an upright posture.
- A good tip is to reach your right hand back and grab your left inner thigh such that you tilt your body more to the right.
- Hands reach to the side and slowly lift up towards the sky.
Work your thigh muscles and feel the stretch in your feet and ankle. Open up your chest and inhale to be refreshed. Bring out the warrior in you. If you wish, you can move into Warrior II. Bring both hands down to chest level parallel to the ground. Twist your body to the side and look straight ahead.
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
- Bring your feet together, bend your knees slightly and feel the weight centred at the balls of your feet.
- Inhale and stretch your arms over your heads. Slowly exhale while bending down at the waist. Grab hold of your ankle.
- Keep your neck long and relaxed.
- Breathe in and out deeply and stay for 5 seconds.
- Bring your hands to your hips. Inhale and raise your upper body up to an upright posture.
Did you know? This pose can ease symptoms of headaches, insomnia, menopause and asthma? It activates abdominal muscles and even improves digestion. Way to go yogi!
Standing Back Bend with a partner (Anuvittasana)
- Start with Mountain Pose.
- Ground yourself through the feet and stand squared with your shoulders relaxed.
- Lock your arms together. Raise your hands up to the sky and tilt your head back to look up at the sky
- Inhale and lift yourself up tall through the crown of your head, focusing on pulling your abdominal muscles in and keeping the core strong.
- Exhale and arch your body back slowly. Settle as far as it is comfortable. You can keep your neck straight, look forward or let your head fall back.
- One to three to five breaths. While you inhale to slowly return to Mountain Pose, use your palms to support your back and core.