Spa{ahhh} Sundaze {Yoga for Digestion, Part 2}

Alright, its a couple days post Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  I hope you all enjoyed the weekend.  Last Sunday I provided you with 3 poses that aid in promoting digestion.  This week are 3 more poses to help with digestion.  {Yes, I really did eat THAT much!}.  This time just simple text directions – no video.  I’m going to have to iron out the kinks on that.

Threading the Needle

  • When threading the needle, you want to begin in a table top position with hands and knees on the ground.
  • To come into the pose, simply take your right arm and slide it through the ‘window’ created by your left hand and knee.  Allow your right shoulder and head to relax on the floor.
  • Decide what you would like to do with your left arm.  It can either stretch above your head and relax on the ground, lift actively towards the ceiling, or relax behind your back.
  • Stay here for 5-7 deep full breaths.  Deep full breaths consist of filling your lungs completely with air on each inhalation, and using your core to press all of the air out on each exhale.
  • Return to table top position, and repeat on other side.
    • Here is the source regarding benefits of this pose for digestion.

 

Marichi Pose

  • Begin in an L shaped seated position.
  • Cross your right foot over top of left leg.  Inhale arms up, and as you exhale twist to the right.
    • I like to lengthen the spine with the inhilation before twisting, as it allows you to come further into the twist.
  • Place left elbow on right knee.  Gaze is past right shoulder.  Left foot is actively flexed, and you are continuously lifting through the crown of your head.  Shoulders are allowed to relax down.
  • Remain here for 5-7 deep full breaths.
  • To exit the pose, inhale arms up while simultaneously releasing torso to front.  Exhale allowing hands to return to the ground.  Uncross legs and come back into an L shaped position.
    • Here is the source regarding benefits of the pose for promoting digestion.

 

Reclining Spinal Twist

  •  Begin on your back, with knees bent at a 90 degree angle.  Arms are extended out and away from your sides.
  • As you exhale, lower both knees to left side.  Gaze remains towards the ceiling.
    • If you choose, the twist in your spine can intensify by straightening the top leg and bringing gaze past right shoulder.
  • With each exhilation allow the body to completely relax into the pose.
  • Remain here for 5-7 deep full breaths.
  • Inhale as body returns back to center.
  • Repeat on other side.
  • Hatha Yoga Illustrated is the book referred to as the source from which information pertaining to the benefits this pose provides in aiding digestion.

Moving on to the most popular Spa{ahhh} Sundays link from last week:

 This Charmed Gift Soap tutorial by Aimee can be found over at It’s Overflowing.  Such a great idea to use on yourself, or as a gift for someone special.

Other links from last weeks Spa{ahhh} Sundays can be found in this post, or on Pinterest.

Alright, go ahead and link up ideas to take care of your self!

 

Carrie

 

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