We all get little worn down with every day stressors. We're juggling a thousand things and even more expectations and responsibilities, all whilst trying to be the best version of ourselves. Take some time out for yourself tonight and try these awesome yoga poses to soothe your mind, body and soul.
1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
The perfect start to any yoga practice should begin with Mountain Pose. It provides the foundational alignment which begins with breathe and is essential to calm the nervous system.
Standing with the feet together, arms by your side, palms face outwards. Lift and spread the toes, root the outer edges of the feet into the floor. Lengthen the tailbone toward the floor, allow the shoulders to slide down the back and align the crown of the head directly above the sternum, gaze forward.
2. Standing forward fold/Rag Doll (Uttanasana)
This one is a goodie and you can do anywhere. It calms the brain, helps reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue.
Standing with your feet hip width apart, engage your core and fold forward from the hips. If you have tight hamstrings have a slight bend in your knees. You can either place your palms down by your feet or grab opposite elbows. Adding a sway slight sway back and forth also feels nice! Hold for ten breaths and roll up slowly with your head last to rise.
3. Low lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Opening up the hip joint, low lunge is a great pose if you have tension in the legs.
Step one foot forward, stacking the front knee directly above the ankle and back knee to the ground.
Drawing the chest forward, broadening the collar bones, raise your arms to the sky, lift the chest and drop the tailbone down. Gaze directly ahead or towards the thumbs.
4. Cobra (Bhujangasana)
Cobra is a heart opening pose that helps awaken and rejuvenate the body.
Lying flat on your stomach, tops of your feet pressing into the floor. Place your hands palms down on either side of your chest, just under your shoulders. Engage your bum, thighs and toes and on an inhale press into your palms to rise your chest off the floor. Keep your gaze low so you don’t strain your next and hold for 15 seconds, exhaling to come back down to the mat.
5. Extended Puppy Pose (Anahatasana)
This is a great resting pose which opens the heart and broadens the shoulders.
Come onto all fours. Make sure your shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above your knees. Walk your hands forward as you drop your forehead to the floor, palms face down on the mat shoulder width apart. Continue to breathe comfortably as you lengthen the spine.
ABOUT BONDI YOGA HOUSE
Founders Ben Gould and Amanda Graci quit their stable corporate jobs in order to travel and take some time out to realise what is important to them. While doing so, they came up with Bondi Yoga House, the first Urban Retreat in Bondi Beach, where Ben and Amanda utilise partnerships with other wellness brands in the area to create a tailored experience to suit each guests individual needs. They also take small yoga classes at the house.
The guesthouse features individually decorated rooms, communal living areas and kitchen, a yoga space and in house massage treatments.
The space can also be hired out for events, talks, workshops, hens days, as a pre- wedding venue and more.