7 Yoga Moves for a Healthy Mind and Body

woman in seated yoga pose looking out over the water and sunrise

Guest Post: Stacie Ford; Elevate Your Mind Hypnosis

Welcome back to the little corner of our business where we focus on health and wellness. In all honesty my wellness practices ebb and flow. For the most part we (myself and Steve, my husband) live a fairly healthy lifestyle. We are concisous of our nutrition, exercise, self-care and are grounded in spirituality and meditate regularly.

Being healthy – in your mind and body – is so important for you to run a successful business. If you are feeling frantic, overwhelmed, stressed – all the things – it’s challenging to take inspired action to grow your business. I’ve felt that way at times. I got ‘trapped’ in this whirlwind of this strategy, that strategy, what “they” were saying to do or not do to help me in business.

When I took a step back and gave myself permission to slow down, everything in my life changed.

When you are not managing your stress and anxiety, you operate from your anxious mind instead of a calm state of being. Taking time for yourself and slowing down can help you to take a huge leap forward – not just in business, but in your personal life too!

Yoga is an amazing way to slow down, engage your body, strengthen your muscles and streeeeetch it all out! The health benefits of yoga – meditation, breathing exercises and body connection are so valuable. In this blog post I am sharing a great article a client of ours shared on her blog.

Stacie specializes in helping women relieve stress and anxiety. She has created a self-paced (super affordable) online course, Simple & Easy Techniques to Cope with Anxiety if you’re interested in learning how to begin managing the anxiety and overwhelm you feel daily.

On to the blog – let’d find our zen and learn some basic yoga poses. Take a deep breath and read on.

Yoga is one of the best ways to support a healthy mind and body.

Find your Zen with my easy feel-good flows that will help you tune out of the outside world and bring you peace in the comfort of your own home. Learn them by following my 7 Yoga Moves for a Healthy Mind and Body.

Not only can yoga help you destress and unwind, but it can also provide you with a full-body workout. Here I’ve laid out a favorite yoga flow of mine that you can do in less than 15 minutes from the comfort of your own home. Add these seven yoga moves to your morning routine, so you feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

First, let’s go over the movements. You can go ahead and try out each one as you review how they’re done. Remember to talk with your medical provider before starting any form of activity.

1 – Mountain (Tadasana)

  • Stand with your feet together, big toes touching and heels slightly apart. Relax your arms at your sides with your palms facing forward. Lift and spread your toes, then release them softly to the ground, balancing your weight evenly across your entire foot.
  • Squeeze your thigh muscles to lift your kneecaps and picture yourself drawing a line of energy up toward the middle of your body.
  • Stretch your tailbone toward the ground while tilting your pelvis toward your navel.
  • Press your shoulders back and away from your ears and broaden your chest and collarbone while keeping your ribcage down.
  • Allow your chin to come parallel to the floor while relaxing your face and jaw.
  • Feel yourself becoming tall from your feet to your head.

2 – Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana)

  • From Mountain pose, turn your arms so the backs of your hands face your body (thumbs point behind you).
  • Inhale as you sweep your arms in a wide circle out to your sides and up toward the ceiling
  • Keeping your shoulders relaxed, turn your arms to bring your palms together, fingertips touching.
  • Extending the arms, tip your chin slightly up and look at your thumbs.

3 – Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

  • From Upward Salute, inhale, then exhale as you hinge at the hips and bend forward, keeping your back flat as you sweep your arms in a wide circle out to your sides and down toward the ground.
  • Press your palms flat to the floor with knees slightly bent.
  • Keeping your hips over your ankles and chest wide, let your head hang.

4 – Half-Standing Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)

  • From Standing Forward Bend, inhale and lift your upper body halfway up and away from your thighs. Keep your back flat as you straighten your elbows.
  • With a slight bend in the knees, reach the top of your head forward and your tailbone in the opposite direction for a deep stretch.
  • Tilt your chin up slightly as you draw your shoulder blades back to lengthen your neck.

5 – Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

  • From Half-Standing Forward Bend, brings your feet wide to hip-width distance apart and walk your hands forward.
  • Inhale, then exhale as you draw your navel toward your spine and send your hips back and up, pressing down through your hands.
  • Lengthen your spine and pull your shoulders away from your ears towards your hips as you come into an upside-down V position.

6 – Plank (Kumbhakasana)

  • From Downward Dog, walk your hands forward until palms are under your shoulders and your body forms a straight line with your back flat and shoulders down and away from your ears.
  • Keeping your core, arms, and legs tight, gaze at a point about a foot away from your hands.

7 – Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

  • From a Plank, lower your body down to the ground.
    As you inhale, press down through your palms to straighten your arms as you lift your torso and hips off the ground.
  • Drop your shoulders down and away from your ears and expand your chest
woman in a yoga pose

The Flow

What is a “yoga flow?” It simply means you make a smooth transition from one move to the next without a pause in between. Doing this creates a fluid movement, or a flow, as you progress through the sequence.

Now that you’re familiar with the movements let’s put them together into a flowing series. Aim to move quickly through the sequence, flowing from one move to the next, holding a pose for only a few seconds before moving on.

Begin with the Mountain pose and progress through the series. When you’re done with the Plank, follow the sequence in reverse to return to Mountain pose.

As you perform the moves, be mindful of your breathing and of how your body feels in each movement. Picture your muscles working in each pose and visualize your body flowing through the motions.

If you’re new to yoga, you can start off slow and gradually pick up the pace. For a quick yoga flow or if you’re a beginner, repeat the sequence 1 – 2 times. As you become more comfortable with it, do the flow 4 – 5 times. If you want a slower-paced flow, you can hold each pose for 15 – 20 seconds before transitioning to the next.

Find Your Zen

Yoga can bring you both physical and emotional benefits, providing you with an exhilarating workout while bringing you a feeling of calm and focus. Let’s go find your Zen.

Grab a mat, put on some soothing music, then give these 7 yoga moves for a healthy mind and body a try. You may find yourself falling in love with the practice, too!

Steve & Lisa Williams

 

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