Be Brave: Yoga challenge

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Blessings, my Beloved Sisters!

This month it’s all about being BRAVE!

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” – 2 Timothy 1:7

I have put together a set of yoga poses that might be a little challenging. I wasn’t a yoga fan for a long time, but then I started realizing the great benefits of doing yoga, especially if you also exercise on a regular basis. Yoga has tons of benefits! It helps increase flexibility and therefore reduces risk of injuries, it promotes strength and stamina since most poses involves different muscle groups, and it helps with your posture. So, I don’t see a reason why we all shouldn’t be trying yoga, and since I am all about being practical, yoga is a an activity that can be done anywhere. All you need is a yoga mat!

Involve all of your family and friends – it’s fun! And, you get to laugh with each other if you don’t get the poses right away. Challenge each other and get into the groove. Time for us to be brave and take care of our minds and bodies!

USE A YOGA MAT AND DON’T FORGET TO WARM UP AND STRETCH FOR 10 MINUTES BEFORE AND AFTER TRYING THE POSES TO AVOID ANY INJURY!

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Modified Crow Pose
Make elbows strong and press the knees into arms until you can lift your feet off the ground. Be patience this is one of the hardest poses, practice will be the key to master this pose!

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Chaturanga Pose
The start position for a chaturanga pose is a basic plank.It is a basic pose but is still very challenging. Make sure you don’t go too low into the elbow bend and put too much weight on your shoulder girdle.

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Dolphin Pose
This pose builds flexibility and strength in hip flexors and upper back. It opens up your shoulder joints so make sure you work on warming up shoulders and upper body.

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Boat Pose
This core strengthening move works out your back and your back. You will be breaking a sweat while getting core stability and hip flexibility.

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Locust Pose
I really underestimated this pose, since it doesn’t look very challenging… but, oh dear, it really is. This pose is about lifting your body weight off the ground, you will feel the stretch in your glutes and back muscles.

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Tripod Headstand with Knees on Elbows
This is a pose to practice for the headstand pose, your body is inverted and your knees are resting on your elbows. This will strengthen your arms, legs, and spine.

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Headstand Pose
This pose requires a lot of balance but also leg and core strength. It is easier to lift one leg at a time very slowly.

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Tree Pose
One of my favorite poses! Your lower body will provide the support for the upper body as you balance in one foot. Your hips should be squared and facing directly in front of you.

Make sure you are holding your poses for five breaths! Five slow, long breaths will allow you to feel your muscles stretching and experience the pose. I hope you try these poses, and don’t forget to try it with your family and friends!

With tons of love and wishing you and your families health and blessings this holiday season,

-Gabriela

 

 

 

 

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