Somedays it’s simply about getting out of bed, others it’s about finding balance, energy, even sanity. Somedays like Day 1 of Wake With an Open Heart, are a little slow and laid back. I just need my body to feel good and wake up with me. Somedays like today I’m honestly just grateful and ready to seize the day. Day 2 illustrates a routine focusing on your back rather than Day 1, which did a little bit of everything. Every day is just like every body; different. Listen to it.
Yes, I was a different person yesterday. We are all subjects to consistent change. Your body is different everyday and it knows what it wants. Meditation allows you to listen to your breath and your body and learn from each of them. You have the power to heal, revitalize and rebuild yourself anew every morning.
This routine will result in strengthening the hamstrings, glutes, calves and biceps. You will experience stimulation in your liver and kidneys. Improved digestion and relief of stress, anxiety and mild depression.
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Get started by just moving your feet closer to your hips so that your knees are up. Elevation assists in blood flow, which then increases endorphins and energy so this simple maneuver is already benefiting your body.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Push into your heals, inhale and lift at the hips. Feel your chest opening. Your arms should be reaching towards your feet and your chin should be tucked. For a more in depth description click here. Your energy will begin to increase as you feel your core, gluteus and leg muscles burning.
Knee to Chest
Bringing your knees into your chest will lengthen your spine. You will feel your back stretch in ways that may really impress you. You know that lower part of your back that is really hard to stretch? Now is the time.
Benefits from this stretch include removal of sciatic nerve pain, ridding constipation and other digestive issues such as symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
If you have knee problems, do not grab your knees. You can grab the back of your thighs to avoid pressure on the knees.
Leg Up the Wall Pose
This variation differs from Day 1 as we take away the comfort of the pillow beneath your bum and the rest against the wall. You will experience advanced results, toning your leg muscles, core and gluteus.
If you’re not feeling up to this challenge today, please watch the standard version of this pose. Listen to your body, find your limit but do not push past it and risk straining muscles.
Big Toe Pose
This pose just like all others is most easily achieved by focusing on your breath. When exhaling, you will find that it is easier to delve deeper and grab your big toes with your index and middle fingers. As you inhale, straighten your arms and as you exhale pull your head towards your knees, bending your arms and if you need to, bend your knees. For more details.
To conclude your routine, reach up, reach out, grab the day and achieve whatever goals you may have set for yourself. To wake with an open heart is to wake with possibility, strength and happiness. I hope this quick stretch helps you find that.