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In today’s technology-based society, we often forget to disconnect, slow down and self-reflect. Our busy schedules cause us to feel stress, anxiety and worn-out. Yoga is a powerful tool for connecting spiritually and physically. Poses that strengthen the physical body also help us to connect our internal resources. By channeling our inner-strength, we can face daily obstacles with energy and mindfulness.
1. Mountain Pose (Tadasna)
Mountain pose is the foundation pose for all standing postures in yoga. Not only is this pose great for improving posture but it allows us to completely ground ourselves. By grounding all four corners of our feet into the floor below us, we can draw energy up from the Earth. Close your eyes and tap into your breath.
2. Warrior 1 Pose (Virabhadrasana)
Warrior Pose draws your inner strength up and out into the physical world. The powerful posture helps to create strength, flexibility and endurance in our physical bodies which house our mind and spirit. Hold this pose for eight breaths to receive the strong benefits. With each inhale, tap into your inner warrior. With each exhale, release any negative thoughts or fears.
3. Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Crescent Lunge is great for stretching the legs and hip flexors which provide strength for our standing postures. However, one of the best benefits of this pose is the opening of the chest and shoulders resulting in the opening of the heart chakra. The heart chakra is where the physical and spiritual meet. By opening the chakra, we become self-aware and fully ourselves.
4. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Tree Pose allows you to ground as well as challenge your balance. This pose is great for building strength around the spine, the backbone of the physical body. Imagine you are a tree and feel the light sway of your body as you ground into your roots. This pose can help us to get in touch with our true-born selves.
5. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Child’s pose takes us back to our mother’s womb. This gentle pose relaxes the brain and allows us to breath deeply into our lower back which holds most of our stress. With each exhale, release that stress and allow yourselves to relax deeper into the Earth.