This week I had the pleasure of teaching to a group of yoga instructors. Many of the teachers were extremely talented, caring individuals. As we went around the room I asked them to share why they were so passionate about teaching yoga.
Two women in particularly stood out to me. They both had lost over 100 pounds and transformed their lives with yoga. I loved hearing their stories! (More on their specific journey will follow in the weeks ahead.)
Yoga is about breath and energy.
Ancient methodologies such as yoga believe that the mind, body and emotions are intrinsically connected. For example, muscle tension in the hips maybe a direct correlation to a storing of negative emotions in these areas.
It is important in your yoga practice that you â€śfeelâ€ť and â€śdirectâ€ť your breathing to the parts of your body where you feel the most tension. This process will increase blood flow and help you break up the blockages in your body -- helping you lose weight and move through emotions.
This week we continue to build on our series of yoga postures for weight loss. (Check out my previous articles so you can begin to create your own yoga practice!)
This week, let's tackle our hips!
Begin on all fours and bring your right knee to your right wrist. Bring your shin up and slide your left leg back. Note: you should not feel any discomfort in your knee. If you feel discomfort in the knee, come out of the pose. Hold for ten breaths and switch sides.
Begin with your feet hip width apart. Pull your navel towards your spine and squeeze your glutes. On your exhale lift your hips off the floor, exhale and lower your hips down. Repeat ten times and hold the pose with your hips lifted for five to ten breaths.
Bound angle pose
Bring the soles of your feet together, perhaps sitting against the wall. Allow your knees to fall to the floor and hold this pose for three to five minutes.
Practice these three yoga postures daily, especially if you spend a majority of your day sitting in a chair or driving in the car.
To strengthen the hips and get that â€śyoga buttâ€ť practice the standing series of yoga poses in my previous article.
Please stay in touch and let me know how you are progressing.