Day 5 Yoga Pose Challenge 

Happy Fri-yay all! We’ve made it to Day 5 of the challenge!

As I said before I am constantly surrounded by the chaos of being home full time with little ones. As much as I’d like to schedule out my day I think every mom knows you can’t plan for everything when it comes to kids, especially bossy toddlers.

I say this because I don’t always have the time to do a full 20-30 minutes of yoga. Usually I just do some poses here and there when my body is begging me for a good stretch. Believe it or not some of those times I’m not in my normal mom attire of yoga pants, (shocking I know).

I’ve got a crazy Friday today so I’m squeezing in this pose when I get a chance. My 3 year old also loves to try the pose with me.

Today I’m focusing on Downward Dog. I’m guessing most of you have at least heard of this pose, as it’s a rather popular one, but if not here are all the great benefits.

Benefits:

  • Provides incredible balance for your body and mind.
  • Strengthens your hands, wrists, arms, legs, calves and hamstrings.
  • It wakes you up.
  • Builds bone density.
  • Boosts circulation.
  • Eliminates stiffness and back pain.


Please excuse my messy house.

How to do it:

  1. Start on your hands and knees and point your middle fingers directly towards the top edge of your mat.
  2. Stretch your elbows while relaxing your upper back.
  3. Spread your fingers wide and evenly distribute your weight.
  4. Exhale as you tuck your toes and slowly lift your knees off the floor. As you gently straighten your legs be sure you don’t lock your knees and make an A shape with your body.
  5. Press the floor away from you as you lift up your pelvis.
  6. Draw your chest towards your thighs as you continue to press the mat away from you.
  7. Align your ears with your upper arms and relax your head without letting it dangle.
  8. Hold for 5-100 breaths.
  9. To release, exhale and gently bend your knees to lower yourself back down onto the mat.

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