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Yoga in October - Week 1

Updated: Oct 4, 2022


Welcoming you to Yoga in October!


As the nights draw in and it gets harder to keep motivated with exercise I will be guiding you through a yoga pose a day in the month of October. Why not take 5 minutes to explore a pose and it's modifications. Here are your first 5 poses for October! There will be one for each day this month - don't forget to join me on Facebook/Instagram and tag yourself in the pose too!


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Tadasana – Mountain pose - Day 1

-Stand with feet hip distance apart toes facing forwards

-hands relaxed by side of body palms facing outwards

(option to stand hands together prayer position)

-Knees can have a soft bend or knees can straighten to activate through the quadriceps (thigh) muscles

-Lengthen through the crown of the head and spine and softly tuck the pelvis and lower well in to activate through the front of the pelvis


Benefits:

-A resting pose often used at the start before movement/flow practice. Draws awareness into the feet and allows a sense of finding balance as well as improving and drawing awareness to posture. Mountain Pose acts as the foundation for other poses.




Easy seat/contented pose – Sukhasana - Day 2

Getting into the pose:

-Sit with both legs outstretched on the mat

-begin by bending one knee in, then the other

-Sitting with legs crossed (elevated on cushions/blocks)

-Lengthen through the spine and the top of the head

-Allow the hands to rest onto the knees/thighs

-Take a moment to focus on the breath extending your awareness from the sit bones and breathe into the sides of the body

Modifications

-Support under knees with blanket/blocks or come against a wall to support the back

-Benefits

- Easy Pose isn’t always that easy! But if you can modify it to make it comfortable it can be calming and relaxing. It improves postural awareness, creates a foundation for meditation practices, and can help manage stress


Bridge pose- Setu Bandhasana - Day 3

Getting into the pose:

-Start by lying flat on your back

-Bend both knees and keep the soles of the feet resting down to the mat

-Have the feet in line with the knees and the knees hip distance apart

-Inhale- Activate the back of the hip muscles (squeeze the gluteals!) and start to lift the navel to point up to the sky. Hold at the top of the bridge. Exhale- slowly peel the lower back and pelvis back down to the mat

Benefits:

-Strengthens the gluteals (back of the hips), the lower back muscles and front of the abdominal muscles. Can help to improve spinal movement

Modifications:

-Supported bridge: Use a block under the hips to allow the hips to rest

-Use a block between the knees

-Arms can move away from the body




Childs pose - Balasana (one of my personal favourite poses!) - Day 4

Getting into the pose:

-Start in table top position on your hands and knees. Support your knees if you need with a blanket

-draw big toes together and knees apart

-sink the hips down towards the heels and soften the head/neck down to the mat

-You may wish to place a cushion under the hips and under the head


Modifications:

-Arms can reach infront

-Support with block under head

-Hands can reach to big toes

-Arms can reach out to sides of mat (diagonal stretch)

-Rolled up blanket under the toes/forefoot


Benefits:

-Calms the nervous system, improves external rotation of the hips, lengthens through the lower back muscles, stretches into the shoulders


Butterfly – Bound angle pose - Day 5

Getting into the pose:

-Start sitting on the mat with the knees pointing up to the sky and feet on the floor

-draw the soles of the feet together and allow the knees to gentle fall to the side to create a diamond shape with the legs

-option to lengthen through the spine, or round the spine and hold onto the ankles/toes to stretch deeper into the hips

Benefits

-improves external rotation of the hips

-When done lying down or supported allows a sense of calmness and stability. Often used at the end of classes or held for several minutes in a Yin class.

Modifications

-Blocks under the knees to support

-for a deeper stretch into the hips block under the ankles

-can be done lying down supporting the back of the head with a block

-can be done supported with the back against the wall


Wishing you a wonderful October and hope you find your favourite pose this month- let me know! What poses do you like? Which ones do you find a challenge?

Ruth x

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