As the days become shorter and the transition to fall begins, it can be natural to feel a little overwhelmed as we creep toward the end of the year and say goodbye to summer. Fortunately for us, a little yoga can help us stay grounded and prepared to welcome the new season with open arms.
The various poses and stretches in a yoga session promote blood circulation throughout the body, helping to rejuvenate and refresh the body and mind.
Knowing that you are practicing in a safe space and shifting your focus on your form and the different poses can really help you forget about all the tension you are holding on to.
Yoga Poses to Keep You Grounded for Fall
Allowing your mind and body to relax is very important to manage stress and maintain good health during a transition, and yoga can help.
1. Fire Log Pose
- Get into an easy seated position or on a folded blanket to aid you as you tip your pelvis forward.
- Bring your right ankle up and over to cross on top of your left thigh. Rotate your right thigh outward. Your left shin should be stacked under your right shin.
- With both feet flexed, sit tall and press your fingertips onto the mat.
- Exhale to hinge forward from the hips. Stretch your arms out long and feel the stretch of the fold.
- Repeat the pose on the other side.
2. Warrior II Pose
- Start by standing tall in Tadasana and keep your feet hip-width distance apart. Place your hands beside you and turn to the left side.
- Exhale to step your feet about 5 inches wide and align your heels with each other.
- Your right foot should be turned at 90 degrees and your toes should be pointed at the top of your mat. Keep your left foot pointed slightly inward.
- Extend your arms horizontally to bring them in line with your shoulders with palms facing down.
- Exhale to bend your front knee and make sure to stack your knee above the ankle. Sink your hips low. Widen the stance as you need to in order to avoid your knee moving past your ankle.
- Shift your gaze to your right-hand middle finger and keep your back leg straight. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and your chest is lifted. Your belly should be drawn in.
- Hold warrior II pose for 60 seconds and release to switch to the opposite side.
3. Tree Pose with Lotus Variation
- Start by standing tall with your feet hip-width distance apart.
- Inhale to bring your right leg up and place your right foot on the inner thigh of the left leg. Feel the energy flow through your legs and spine.
- To move to the lotus variation, hook your right foot toward the left hip and rotate your thigh to direct your knee toward the ground.
- Bring your right hand behind your back and catch your right big toe.
- Extend your left arm up and reach toward the ceiling.
4. Goddess Pose
- Take a wide stance with your feet and bring your hands together, palms touching.
- Turn your heels slightly inward and bend your knees to lower down to engage in a high squat.
- Hold this position for five breaths and make sure that your back is straight the whole time.
5. Easy Pose with Nostril Breathing
- Start in an easy seated position with your legs crossed over each other.
- Place your left hand on your lap and close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril.
- Next, close your left nostril with your right ring finger and then exhale through your right nostril this time.
- Practice this breathing technique by switching sides for about 60 seconds.
Maintaining busy schedules and multitasking our way through responsibilities has become a normal part of life today. However, it is always important to practice self-care and to be aware of when to take a step back to relax.
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