Yoga has a spectrum of benefits for the mind, body and soul. Going into yoga teacher training, I thought I would be learning how to exercise more effectively. What I have learned throughout the last six months has been life-changing. Yoga is so much more than movement. It’s a metaphor for life and a way to endure life’s struggles and challenges with ease and calm.
Movement as medicine is another main focus on this website and there will be a lot of yoga, as I feel that everyone can benefit from one or many aspects of this tradition.
Apanasana is sanskrit for Vital Air Pose and is great for gas release and constipation. It is very relaxing as it allows you to go inward. It’s beneficial for lower back pain and helps the neck and thigh muscles.
First, you lay on your back with knees on the floor, hands by your side.
Next, place your hands on your knees and lift your feet off floor.
Keeping your arms straight, slightly raising your head.
Then bend your arms and legs to bring knees into chest on exhale.
Inhale and use your arms and legs to straighten and return to original position.
Repeat 5-10 times.
DO NOT DO THIS POSE IF YOU’VE HAD ABDOMINAL OR HERNIA SURGERY, KNEE, HIP, OR BACK INJURY. PREGNANT WOMEN AVOID AFTER 1st TRIMESTER. DO NOT LIFT HEAD IF YOU HAVE NECK PAIN.