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3/29/10

Fitness Day 8 ~ Open - Relax - Reflect

Reclining Bound Angle Pose


Today's asana will help you open your sacral area, which aids in the movement of energy, allowing for increased space within. With more space we can begin to work on inner reflection and balancing emotions. When practicing this asana turn on a beautiful piece of music, creating a sublime space for you to rest in. Set your time for 10-15 minutes.

Sit on the floor and place a pile of blankets, a couch cushion or yoga bolster behind you. Do not sit on the cushion. If your neck is sensitive, place the cushion the long way so that when you lie down over it your head lies on the cushion and is supported. If you want to stretch deeper, place the cushion the short way so that when you lie over it the top edge of the cushion hits below your armpits and you head is tipped slightly back.

Before you lie down bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall as far as they can out to the side. This is like an inner thigh stretch. Place enough pillows or blankets under your knees so that they touch. It is important to let your body relax so make sure your knees are touching the pillows and you are not holding them up.

Lie back over the cushion. Let your knees relax on the pillows. Bring your arms out to the side in a T position with your palms facing the ceiling.

Focus on taking deep belly breaths and with each exhale allow your body to relax more deeply into the pillows and cushion. Hold for as long as is comfortable.



Benefits


* stretches inner thigh and groin muscles

* frees energy flow in pelvic area

* stimulates abdominal organs and improves mobility in digestive organs

* helps relieve the symptoms of stress, mild depression, PMS and menopause

* relaxes the mind and the central nervous system



Contraindications/ Cautions


* groin or knee injury

* lower back injuries

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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself"

G. Bernard Shaw

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