#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 1

Welcome to our #WellnessWednesday yoga primer. Yoga is a wonderful way to become attuned to your body and increase circulation and flexibility. Each week I'll offer you a pose with benefits and instruction. 

 

Week 1: Dhanurasana or Bow pose 

 

Benefits:

Opens the entire front of the body

Spine curves and lengthens

Strengthens back muscles and hamstrings 

Also massages the abdominal organs

 

Foundation & General Alignment:

Start laying down on your stomach

Bend knees and hold ankles with you chest still on the ground 

Make sure to keep your knees no wider than your hips while lifting your heels away from your butt and thighs away from the floor 

Butt toned but not gripping 

Shoulder blades come together chest is open 

 

Common Problems:

Most at risk: knees, neck, low back (over arching or not enough support in belly)

Gripping butt/ knees wide

 

Modifications:

Use a strap if you can't reach your ankles

Place a folded blanket under pubic bone or thighs

 

Do not engage if you are pregnant.

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