Brief tutorials on specific yoga postures
SWC Pose of the Month
February 2021 - Camel Pose
Camel pose is an energizing heart opener that stretches the chest, shoulders, and quads while strengthening the back muscles. Symbolically, this pose invites us to remove the barriers around our heart, so we can connect more deeply to kindness and connection.
Reclined Bound Angle w/ Gratitude Practice (6.5 min)
Take respite in this deeply restorative yoga posture coupled with a guided gratitude practice. Wonderful to do anytime you need a mini break or as a nice practice to help you ease into your bedtime routine.
Chair Pose (4.5 min)
A great standing pose that strengthens your lower body, stretches and opens your front body and chest, and leaves you feeling energized! Allow yourself to ease into this posture, doing what feels good for your body!
Warrior II Pose (2.5 min)
Although a powerful stretch for your whole body, Warrior II also provides an opportunity to improve mental steadiness & focus. Try holding this pose for 30-60 seconds whenever you need a reboot or even a confidence boost!
Lion's Breath (2.5 min)
Lion's breath is a a yogic breathing exercise that relieves tension and stress by stretching your entire face, while also increasing your energy. Lion's breath will feel silly; it can be a helpful reminder to open to your playful side and find some ease.
Happy Baby Pose (2.5 min)
Happy Baby pose brings a gentle stretch to the hips and inner groins while reducing tension in the lower back*. It also has a calming effect for the mind and heart by inviting a sense of childlike play & movement within the body.
*Tip –If your hands can't quite grasp your feet, ankles, or shins without the back of your neck lifting up, try placing a strap (or scarf, tie, etc.) around the arches of each foot and hold the straps far enough down until your neck can soften to the floor without strain.
Tree Pose 1 (3 min)
Physically, Tree is great for strengthening the feet, legs and bones while opening the hips, groin, and chest. Emotionally, Tree encourages confidence, steadiness, and strength. The key to tree pose is to remember it's ok to fall! The practice is to try, to stumble, and to begin again with a sense of playfulness.
Child's Pose (2.5 min)
Child's pose is great for stretching the shoulders, chest, and hips while also promoting rest and relaxation in the body, heart, and mind.
Restorative Child's Pose (3.5 min)
This version of child's pose is great for anyone who has knee pain and/or tighter shoulders or simply would like a more gentle, supportive posture. Be sure to grab a couple of blankets or towels and two blocks (empty shoe boxes or package boxes work too!).