I started a yoga streak on December 29, 2013. This was added on top of my running streak that I started on December 30, 2011 but that is another story. Through daily yoga I can feel my body growing stronger and I am gaining the much desired benefits of increased flexibility. I tend to focus on that and hip openers as those are what I feel my body craves the most. I am not a yoga expert so you won't see me in pretzel form but you can read what I learned from 100 days of yoga. In addition, I am here to share some information and personal insights on some yoga poses by tackling a pose here and there.
Today's Pose: Camel
What are my thoughts? I started with half camel which involves just reaching one hand back and lifting the other arm up. It has taken practice to find more comfort in this pose but it has become one of my favorites as I feel it undoes some of the damage of my day job at a desk. I can tell my lower back has become stronger through practicing this pose.
What are the benefits? It stretches the entire front of your body and strengthens the back and shoulders.
How do I do it? I start in a kneeling position and rise up onto my knees with them hip distance apart. With my hands on my lower back for support, I exhale and press my hips forward while reaching back to my ankles. I deepen the bend by continuing to press my hips forward. To come out of the pose, I bring my hands to my lower back for support, inhale, and bring myself upright. I return to a kneeling position.
Please note: I am not a trained yoga instructor and am only sharing my personal experiences. As always, I advice checking in with your physician before starting any new exercise programs or routines.
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful my coach.
Daily Affirmation: I will break a 4:00 marathon.