I am starting out my day with an outdoor yoga flow. When it’s beautiful outside I really enjoy taking my workouts outdoors. A lot of research has shown that even short periods of time outside improve your mood and ability to handle stress.
Yoga flows are wonderful because they work every muscle of the body, while simultaneously stretching and improving flexibility and blood flow. It can help improve your physical and psychological well being.
One of the most important aspects of yoga (which also applies to all other exercise as well) is improving your mind & body awareness. Keep yourself focused on each aspect of the pose/movement. Not only does this improve the physical benefits that you achieve during exercise, but it helps you to free your mind from worrying about the past or the future. Learning the ability to focus on just the present moment helps reduce stress and improve your ability to handle unexpected events.
I have been very tired for the past week. I’m not sure if I am fighting off a bug (there is one going around at work), or if it was just an exceptionally busy week at work. I am a full time Occupational Therapist. I love my job, but sometimes it wears me out mentally, physically, and emotionally. Yoga is a great way for me to re-center myself for a new week.
I hope you enjoy today’s flow. It can be done once, or repeated.
Some additional Benefits of Yoga (from BodyBuilding.com)
- Improved muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina
- Reduce stress, tension and blood pressure
- Boost self-esteem
- Improves concentration and creativity
- Decreases stored fat
- Improves circulation
- Improves digestion
- Stimulates the immune system
- Improves balance
- Improves mind/body connection
- Improves posture
- Improves agility
- Yoga helps create a sense of well-being and calm
|Extended Side Angle Pose (variation)
Extended Side Angle Pose
Benefits: Can help relieve low back pain, sciatica, osteoporosis, menstrual discomfort and constipation.