12 days of yoga
Find your glow in the flow of your breath, your life force energy, creating a yoga practice that reflects the changing season and the nature within you. Flowing effortlessly from one yoga pose to another, linking the movement with each breath, then pausing for a moment to take time to listen to your body, to explore your mind and to honour your entire being and existence.
ON THE 12TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE SELF GAVE TO ME…
12 UJJAYI BREATHS
Inhale on the count of 3. Exhale on the count of 4-6, creating a humming sound of the ocean waves as you contract your throat muscles. Repeat 12 times.
11 CHILD POSES
Relax your body towards the floor stimulating your intuition as you massage your 3rd Eye Centre (Ajna Chakra) at the centre of your forehead. Hold for 11 breaths.
10 WARRIORS I
Lift your whole body towards the sky as you inhale. Ground yourself through your feet connecting to mother Earth as you exhale. Hold for 5 breaths on each side.
Channel your energy into a focal point in front of you as your breathe 4 times on each side + 1 centering breath in between.
Activate your core and hold for 8 breaths. Breathing from your abdomen, direct the energy from your Solar Plexus towards your fingertips as well as your toes.
7 FORWARD FOLDS
Start with you knees slightly bent to increase the fold and bring your head towards your legs. Keep straightening your legs and going deeper with each of your 7 breaths.
Make sure you engage with the outer hip to hold your Triangle and distribute the body weight between both feet equally. Hold for 3 breaths on each side.
Be intuitive and choose to either sit still, bend forward or flap your butterfly knees (wings) towards the floor as you take 5 breaths. Focus on exhaling any discomfort in your hips.
Hold for 4 breaths keeping your legs straight or bent and supported. Remember to open your chest to align your spine preventing you from rolling backwards.
You can choose to hold this pose for 3 breaths or bring a bit of action here and come up with each inhale and roll your spine down on each exhale.
2 SHOULDER STANDS
Just introduce your body to inversions…once in the morning and once in the evening!
Don’t underestimate the power of Savasana! Your body and mind needs to relax and recharge its battery and this is the most natural way to do so – at least once a day.