There’s nothing like celebrating the Fourth of July with your toes in the sand as you practice your yoga technique under the warm sun. The Fourth of July celebrates freedom and independence, making it a perfect day to perform a routine that is known to boost one’s own strength and independence through various powerful poses.
Yoga promotes balance and allows the individual to practice gratitude for everything they encounter in life. As you party your way through this holiday, try to take a little time to focus on your independence and what that means, specifically, to you.
4th of July Poses to Do at the Beach
As we celebrate this day of independence, why not incorporate the technique that boosts our physical and mental strength, as well as our independence.
Here are a few yoga poses to practice on the beach:
1. Half Moon Pose
- Start this position by standing with your feet in the sand and your arms by your sides. Your feet should be a few inches apart.
- Bend down to the right side and place your right hand and fingertips in the sand by your right foot. Simultaneously raise the left leg towards the ceiling. You can go as slow as you like.
- Take as long as you need to find balance and then, slowly, raise your left arm up to form a straight line from your shoulders.
- Focus on your breathing and hold this pose for a couple of minutes.
- Repeat this pose using the opposite side in order to balance out both sides.
2. Downward Facing Dog
- Start in a high plank position with your shoulders stacked above your wrists and your legs hip-width distance apart.
- With your palms firmly planted on your mat, push on your mat and raise your hips towards the ceiling to give your legs a good stretch.
- Lift your heels above the ground and focus on your breath. Your body should be in the shape of an inverted ‘V.’
- Hold this position for a couple of minutes before returning to the starting position.
3. Triangle Pose
- Start by standing with your feet about four to five feet apart and place your arms beside you.
- Starting on the right side, turn your right foot and toes outwards while pivoting your left foot inwards.
- Gently start to bend towards the right and bring your right hand to the ground behind your right foot. Your left arm will be raised above your head and in a straight line.
- Focus on your breathing and hold this position for a few minutes before switching to the opposite side.
4. Tree Pose
- Start by standing on the sand with your feet hip-width distance apart and your arms by your sides. you have the option to bring your palms together to touch in front of your chest.
- Starting on the right side, gently lift your right leg and place the sole of your right foot on the inside of the left calf or thigh.
- Concentrate on your balance and hold this pose for about 20 seconds before returning to the starting position.
- Repeat this pose using the left side in order to balance out both sides.
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