Happy Hump Day everyone and welcome to Day 3 of the 30 Day Yoga Pose Challenge.
Mountain Pose is the foundation for all other poses and has the ability to leave you feeling motivated and invigorated.
I love to do this pose first thing in the morning.
- Increases awareness
- Increases strength, power and mobility in the feet, legs and hips
- Firms abdomen and buttocks
- Improves posture
- Strengthens thighs, knees and ankles
- Steadies breathing
- Reduces flat feet
- Relieves sciatica
How to do it:
- Start standing with your feet together and arms at your sides. Press your weight evenly across your feet and breathe steadily.
- Focus on the present moment and let your worries fade away.
- Now press your big toes together and lift your toes while spreading them apart. Then place them back on the mat one at a time.
- Ground your feet firmly and straighten your legs.
- Now, lift your ankles and the arches of your feet while squeezing your outer shins towards each other.
- Draw the top of your thighs up and back, this engages your quadriceps.
- Tuck your tailbone in slightly being sure not to round your lower back. Now lift the back of your thighs, but release your buttocks.
- Bring your pelvis to its neutral position. Concentrate on pointing your hip bones straight and draw your belly in slightly.
- Inhale and elongate through your torso. Exhale and release your shoulder blades.
- Keep your shoulders in line with the sides of your body and broaden your shoulders.
- Press your shoulder blades back, but avoid squeezing them together. Keep your arms straight with your fingers extended and biceps firm.
- Elongate your neck and keep breathing evenly and smoothly. Feel your spine elongate with each exhale. Hold this pose for up to one minute.