WELCOME TO OFF COLOR

WELCOME TO OFF COLOR

8:04 AM I think this is the first day now where I really feel my body. I am stretching every day and also I am stretching more than 2 minutes, since I always need a bit longer to understand each pose, haha. Of course I am also doing other workouts besides of that, but this morning, I feel certain part of my body work and being totally active, if you know what I mean. I feel good, I feel fresh - I'm ready for today's pose! How about you? 

Today is a new day and we get to know the WARRIOR I

It is also called Virabhadrasana I and it's good for strengthening the shoulders and arms, and the muscles of the back. 

1. Stand tall. With an exhale, step or lightly jump your feet 31/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms perpendicular to the floor (and parallel to each other), and reach actively through the little-finger sides of the hands toward the ceiling. Firm your shoulders against your back and draw them down toward the coccyx.
2. Turn your left foot in 45 to 60 degrees to the right and your right foot out 90 degrees to the right. Align the right heel with the left heel. Exhale and rotate your torso to the right, squaring the front of your pelvis as much as possible with the front edge of your mat. As the left hip point turns forward, press the head of the left femur back to ground the heel. Lengthen your coccyx toward the floor, and arch your upper torso back slightly.
3. With your left heel firmly anchored to the floor, exhale and bend your right knee over the right ankle so the shin is perpendicular to the floor. More flexible students should align their right thigh parallel to the floor.
4. Reach strongly through your arms, lifting the ribcage away from the pelvis. As you ground down through the back foot, feel a lift that runs up the back leg, across the belly and chest, and up into the arms. If possible, bring the palms together. 
5. Keep your head in a neutral position, gazing forward, or tilt it back and look up at your thumbs.
6. Stay for 30 seconds to a minute. To come up, inhale, press the back heel firmly into the floor and reach up through the arms, straightening the right knee. Turn the feet forward and release the arms with an exhalation, or keep them extended upward for more challenge. Take a few breaths, then turn the feet to the left and repeat for the same length. When you’re finished return to your starting position.

Let's do this. 
Take your time and enjoy it!

If you happen to try out the poses here, make sure to mention #24stretchesforsanta. Holla at me if you like to discuss or ask anything - I'm always there for feedback or support, lovebirds ~
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