If you haven't seen yesterday's video yet, you can watch Day One here first.
Today's stretches follow on from Day One's and these too can be done in your bed before you get out.
Sometimes it's a case of better to fit it in where you can than not at all right.
But once again if you are out and about already, you can simply do these standing up wherever you are.
Remember when practicing first thing in the morning, it is best to take it slowly moving into the stretches as we are always a bit stiffer from lying for so many hours. It can help to have a glass of water first if you keep one by your bed. Or even better still warm water and lemon is a great detoxer for the body, especially when you have it first thing in the morning before brekky. As my teacher often says, "more on that later."
The first of today's stretches is focussing on opening up along the abdominal muscles at the front of the belly region of the body as well as the muscles around the back. These all make up what are known as the core muscles of the body, along with the pelvic floor, and run in various directions. The obliques, which run on a diagonal, are what these stretches are targeting in particular. Loosening up these muscles allows us to breath better as it creates greater freedom for the diaphragm to expand for the abdominal breath. The better we breath, the more vitality we draw in, the better we feel. This makes for a bigger case against having a rock hard 6 pack. In yoga we are all about strength as well as flexibility.
In the second stretch, pay particular attention to the different muscles you feel being stretched. Its works best to keep your lower back drawn down towards the floor, so your tail bone feels like it is tucked under and pointed towards your feet. This way you are not arching through the back, and you may notice the abdominals engage slightly.
Once again, remember to always, move slowly in, out and during the stretch.
Enjoying the process is the aim, being in your body, with a gently flowing breath!
You may enjoy it so much you'll do it more than once a day ;)
That's my hope!
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow. And hearing how you are getting along between now and then
Move well & be well,
PS: Don't forget anyone that participates, with shares, likes, comments, is in the running to receive the one hour yoga coaching session I am giving away at the end of the 30days! Maybe you know someone else that could use this course? It is never to late to join in. xx