Slipping into neutral... the Yoga way!
By Kate Marchant. Take time for your mind and body, try these easy and very beneficial yoga positions for easing into your day; or unwinding at the end. Deep breathes, slow moves and gently does it. Mountain Pose (Tadasana) Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands by your side. Press into the floor with your feet and roll your shoulders back and down. Lift your head and turn your palms, facing outward. Raised Arms Pose (Urdhva Hastansana) From Mountain Pose above, raise your arms above your head and interlace your fingers. Push your chest out and bend your head and shoulders back slightly. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) Bending at the waist, lean forward and let your head and arms flop down. If you can’t keep your knees straight, let them bend slightly until your hands graze the floor. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana) Sitting with your legs out in front of you, bend forward and grab your toes. Bend your knees slightly, so you still feel a stretch in your back and the back of your thighs. Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) Place your hands on the floor and your feet hip-width apart and look at your knees. Your body should form a V shape. Try rocking from hands to feet to feel the stretch. Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana) Lying on your back bring your knees to your chest and bend your knees at a 90-degree angle so your soles are facing the ceiling. Hold your feet and rock gently. Cat-Cow Pose (Chakravakrasana) On all fours, start by bending your back up and trying to look at your belly button. Then, curve your spine inwards and lift your head and look forward. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) Lie on the floor and bring your knees up towards your bum. Lift your bum off the floor, keeping a straight line from your chest to your knees. Interlace your hands beneath your bum. Child’s Pose (Balasana) From all fours, roll back until your bum is on your feet. Stretch your arms out in front of you, palms facing the floor. Rest your forehead on the floor and feel the stretch in your spine. Corpse Pose (Savasana) Lie on the floor with your arms to your side. This may seem like a very simple move, but it’s a great way to unwind after yoga. Concentrate on your breathing and take a moment to relax and let your mind and body slip into neutral. Relax away!