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Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukah Svanasana):
The downward facing dog is the perfect way to get a dynamic stretch in for your feet, hamstrings, calf muscles, and biceps. If you’ve been sitting at the desk for too long, this is a great way to open and strengthen your shoulders, leaving you feeling strong and relaxed. This pose targets your core, hip flexors, knee joints, and your quads. Energize your body by owning your downward-facing dog!
The move: Place your hands and knees on the mat. Slowly, push your hips back and upwards, and straighten out your legs, as seen in the picture. Allow your head to hand, and move your shoulders away from your ears. Keep your tailbone high, and sink your heels into the floor. Exale, and bend your knees to return to your original position.
Cat-Cow Stretch (Chakravakasana)
Experiencing stiff shoulders and an achy back? Loosen up those shoulder muscles with this simple cure: the cat-cow stretch. This is also a great way to warm up the body before you engage in any form of activity. This pose will help strengthen your neck and torso, whilst opening up your chest for some slow and deep breathing.
The Move: Begin with your hands and knees on the floor. You want to maintain a neutral spine position, with your core and back muscles engaged. As you take in a deep breath, allow your stomach to soften, arch your back, and lift your head upwards. This position is known as the ‘Cow’. As you exhale, round your spin upwards, pulling in your abdominal muscles, and slowly tuck your chin to your chest. This position is known as the ‘Cat’. Repeat 2-3 times, make sure to take in deep breaths.
Child's Pose (Balasana)
This is a great pose to end your yoga session. If you’re experiencing back pain, this gentle stretch will target your back, hips, and thighs. This is an excellent pose to reconnect with your breath, and give your body an energy boost.
The move: Start with your hands and knees on the mat. Slowly, allow your body to rest on knees. Spread your knees as wide as possible, allowing only your big toes to touch. Propel your body forward, and let your stomach rest between your thighs. Allow your forehead to rest on the floor. Stretch your arms out in front of you, with the palms facing the floor. Lean forwards to give yourself a dynamic stretch.