Happy Baby Pose


Benefits:

  • brings awareness to the hip joints
  • stretches the groin and spine
  • promotes relaxation and happiness

Practicing Happy Baby Pose:

Do not include this pose in your practice if you have a neck or knee injury or if you are pregnant. Warm up for this pose by enjoying child’s pose and hero pose. After relaxing into happy baby pose, follow up with downward dog pose.

  1. Begin by laying on your yoga mat with your back supported by the ground
  2. Exhale your knees to your belly
  3. Inhaling, place your hands on the outsides of your feet and widen your knees before raising them up to your armpits
  4. Place both of your ankles above your knees so that your shins become perpendicular to the ground
  5. Flexing through yours heels, push your feet into your hands while you pull your hands toward the ground
  6. Smile!

This pose is beneficial for runners and non-runners alike.


I haven’t been posting as much recently because I have been focused on spending time with my HAPPY BABY (she is 8 weeks old today)


Thanks for reading & have a great day!

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Bound Angle Pose


Benefits:

  • Improves circulation and increases energy
  • Stretches the groins, knees, and thighs
  • Reduces pain from sciatica and menstruation
  • Helps to alleviate mild depression and anxiety
  • Aids in the reduction of menopause symptoms
  • May ease childbirth when practiced throughout pregnancy
  • Provides therapeutic benefits for high blood pressure, flat feet, asthma, and infertility

Practicing Bound Angle Pose:

  • To prepare for this pose, practice hero pose, tree pose, and reclining hand-to-big-toe pose
  • If you have a knee or groin injury, practice this pose with blankets folded under the outer thighs
  • Begin in a seated position with your legs extending straight in front of you
  • Exhaling, bend your knees and bring your heels towards your pelvis before relaxing your knees to your sides towards the ground
  • Press your soles towards one another to create resistance
  • Keeping your outer feet on the ground, bring your feet towards your pelvis
  • Grasp your feet, ankles, or shins based on your level of comfort
  • Lengthen your torso extending the top of your head towards the sky
  • Optional: On your exhale, bending from the hip joints, bring your torso forward towards your feet
  • Remain in this pose for up to 5 minutes
  • To move out of this pose, inhale as you lift your knees towards the sky and extend the legs out in front of you
  • Follow up with forward bends, seated twists, and/or standing poses