Pose of the month: Malasana (Garland Pose)
Fall has officially arrived! Yes, it technically started in September, but let’s be honest - Texas runs on its own timeline. With the transition from summer into fall, we naturally begin to mimic Mother Nature as we start to slow things down a notch & become more grounded. In yoga, we can help this transition along by adding more grounding poses to our routine, or any pose that draws the energy downward. This month we’re highlighting one of my favorite grounding poses – Malasana, or Garland Pose. This pose gives a delicious stretch to the back muscles (especially lower), creates more mobility in your hips, & flexibility in your ankles – all things you need to counteract a sedentary lifestyle. Try doing this pose barefoot, outdoors for an extra dose of grounding!
· Come into a squat position, bending your knees, lowering the hips towards the ground, and sinking down through your heels. Feet are slightly wider than hip width distance apart & feet can either be facing forward, or facing out at a slight angle towards the corners of your mat – every person is made differently so you may find one foot placement more comfortable than the other. If your heels can’t reach the ground, no worries - you can place a rolled up blanket or a yoga block beneath your heels for extra support.
· Bring your torso between your thighs – you may need to open your thighs wider here. Bring your palms together (prayer hands) at heart center and use your elbows to resist your thighs.
· Reach your sternum forward as you continue to press the elbows into your inner thighs, lengthening the spine. Hold for 30 seconds – 1 minute.
Written by Twisted Yogi Lindsey Lambert. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks each month!