Trying to beat the summer heat? While it may seem counterintuitive to get on your yoga mat, you can actually cool down your body with asanas that will both help restore and rejuvenate your body–especially when the temperature is rising outside. Whether you're at home, in the backyard, or at the pool, try these 5 relaxing poses to cool off your system!
The ocean naturally relaxes the mind and spirit. Taking yoga, specifically "yin" or restorative yoga, to the beach will help calm you even more–especially if you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. The rhythmic crashing of the waves will actually ease your brain into alpha waves, slowing down the parasympathetic system, along with your entire body. Sync your breath with the ocean waves while flowing through these 5 poses that will have you feeling oh-so-zen within minutes.
Conquering the handstand is WORK. To nail this pose, it takes A LOT of strength building. But that’s what makes it such a thrill to do. When you’re finally in it, you’re on top of the world, like you can take anything on–because you truly can. Beyond being incredible for your psyche, hopping upside down and flipping your perspective also boosts your circulation and promotes detoxification. By following these 5 tips, you’ll slowly but surely make your way into this empowering pose!
Mother Nature’s monthly visit can also bring about those not-so-fun set of aches and pains. While reaching for chocolate or OTC meds to combat cramps may seem to be the best course of action, put the pills and sweets aside and instead ease the pain with a gentle yoga flow. Not only will these five poses support achy quads and thighs, open the hips, and relieve the body of menstrual discomfort, they’ll also calm the mind and open the heart.
Waking up on the “right side of the bed” is so SO important. It really sets the tone for the rest of your day and makes a huge difference in your energy levels and mood! That’s why I’ve nixed my alarm and replaced it with the Yoga Wake Up App, designed by my amazing friends at Kamala Collective. Instead of being jolted awake by an awful alarm clock, you’re slowly welcomed back into your body with beautiful music, magical chimes, inspiring meditations, gentle stretches, and energizing yoga flows.
I'm often asked what yoga books I use with my kids so I wanted to share my favorites as today's Heart of the Week! Kai and Leo love reading these 4 gorgeous books together, and I'll often come in and join them for a flow. It's so fun for all of us! It's really NEVER too early to teach them.
In the world of yoga, there’s a new prop on the block. Meet the Plexus Yoga Wheel. It really shines as a back/shoulder/chest opener, and I also like to use mine for arm balances. I have been having so much fun experimenting and playing around, + totally feel like a kid again!