BRETHREN, I COUNT NOT MYSELF TO HAVE APPREHENDED: BUT THIS ONE THING I DO, FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, AND REACHING FORTH UNTO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEFORE: I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST.
The arms of Eagle pose, where you curve the hands around, linking thumbs and opening up the shooulder blades? I move it up, inhale, and down slowly, exhaling. Can even do this in the car, or right before I'm about to lose my temper with my children.
I also love downward facing dog to release the tension in my back and neck.
"Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride." Ecclesiastes 7:8 NLT
Draco dormiens numquam titillandus (Never tickle a sleeping dragon)
I do a warrior and triangle sequence that really seems to release a lot of pent up emotion. Eagle pose is also good for when I'm stressed because I tend to hold negative emotions in my neck and shoulders.
All in all, Yoga is a great stress reliever for me no matter what poses I'm doing!
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
-Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring
Hmmmm.....I start out with mountain, say a prayer of thanks, forward bend, chair, forward bend, then usually step back to down dog, plank, up dog, plank, down dog, (this series is my heart rate exercise, so I do it several times.) Then, I will sit and do various stretches on the floor, twists, and also bridge pose. If I have time I will do both warrior poses, triangle, and side angel poses. I throw in down dogs and child poses whenever I need a break. Pigeon is very relaxing toward the end of the routine. I rarely do balance poses, but my favorite is stork, then tree.
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