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.
- 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.
How to do it:
- Start on your hands and knees and point your middle fingers directly towards the top edge of your mat.
- Stretch your elbows while relaxing your upper back.
- Spread your fingers wide and evenly distribute your weight.
- 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.
- Press the floor away from you as you lift up your pelvis.
- Draw your chest towards your thighs as you continue to press the mat away from you.
- Align your ears with your upper arms and relax your head without letting it dangle.
- Hold for 5-100 breaths.
- To release, exhale and gently bend your knees to lower yourself back down onto the mat.