Max on the mat

As a mom, business owner and yogi, I prefer to maximize my time on the mat by incorporating as many different stretches as I can within a pose. So, rather than practicing a sequence of 5-7 poses, I’ll add variations to one pose to stretch out as many parts of the body as I can. I keep a yoga mat right in front of my desk so I can do some fly by yoga poses like this:

     

These are great stretches for the chest, shoulders, spine, hips, and quads. To practice this pose:

  1. Start in sphinx pose with your belly on the ground. Place your forearms on the ground and straighten your legs.
  2. Bend your left knee, extend your left arm, and cross your right arm under.
  3. Reach your left arm up and turn your chest up towards the ceiling.
  4. Place your left arm and shoulder on the ground, if possible. Use a blanket to support the left shoulder and under your left knee, if needed.
  5. For a variation, reach down with your left hand for your right foot and place your right arm gently on your right thigh.
  6. Stay as long as you like and switch sides.

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