Montag, Dezember 5

7:30 AM Happy Nikolaus! For those who celebrate Nikolaus: don't eat too much chocolate, haha! For those who don't celebrate it: don't worry, today we get another yoga pose! I hope your body feels as amazing as my body right now! The stretching each morning is the best preparation for a long and chaotic day! Play your favorite music and dedicate 5 minutes to those exercises to really understand and practice them in the right way! 

Today we get to know the LOCUST

It is also called Salabhasana and it's good for stretching the shoulders, chest, belly, and thighs. 

1. For this pose you might want to pad the floor below your pelvis and ribs with a folded blanket. Lie on your belly with your arms along the sides of your torso, palms up, forehead resting on the floor. Turn your big toes toward each other to inwardly rotate your thighs, and firm your buttocks so your coccyx presses toward your pubis.
2. Exhale and lift your head, upper torso, arms, and legs away from the floor. You’ will be resting on your lower ribs, belly, and front pelvis. Firm your buttocks and reach strongly through your legs, first through the heels to lengthen the back legs, then through the bases of the big toes. Keep the big toes turned toward each other.
3. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and stretch back actively through your fingertips. Imagine there’s a weight pressing down on the backs of the upper arms, and push up toward the ceiling against this resistance. 
4. Gaze forward or slightly upward, being careful not to jut your chin forward and crunch the back of your neck. Keep the base of the skull lifted and the back of the neck long.
5. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release with an exhalation. Take a few breaths and repeat 1 or 2 times more if you like.

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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