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The theme for January is self care. With the holiday marathon coming to an end and a new year on the horizon it is time to reflect and set intentions for the year to come.
End the year on a high note with a yoga flow that will detoxify your body and leave you feeling energized to conquer those ambitious new year's resolutions.
Kick off the new year with this yoga flow, created by Cilla Weisman of Sukha Yoga.This series will stimulate the organs, improve digestion, relieve anxiety and reduce fatigue so you can focus your energy on achieving your goals.
"Utkatasana, also known as 'chair pose,' strengthens the legs, glutes, hip flexors, ankles, arms and back. This pose stretches the chest and shoulders, stimulates the diaphragm, abdominal organs and the heart. Doing this pose will speed up the breathing and increase the heart rate allowing us to take in more oxygen and release more carbon dioxide, pumping fresh nutrients into the muscles. This is also know as 'fierce pose,' as it builds internal heat and Agni, which is the digestive fire in Ayurveda"
"Parivrtta Parsvakonasana or the 'revolved lunge,' compresses the abdomen and improves digestion and aids in elimination. This pose improves balance, strengthens and stretches the legs, knees and ankles while balances the spine and nervous system."
"Prasarita Padottasana or the 'wide legged forward bend,' stretches and strengthens the hamstrings, inner thighs, low back, hips and spine. This pose calms the mind and nervous system, tones and compresses the abdomen and relives tension in the low back. This accessible inversion, head below your heart, increases circulation and brings new oxygenated blood to the face, which is also happens to be great for your complexion."
"Dwi Pada Viparti Dandasana or 'forearm wheel,' stretches the shoulders, abdominals and hip flexors and opens the whole front line of the body, including the muscles and fascia. This pose opens the heart and chest to relive congestion in the lungs. By moving the spine into flexion stimulates the nervous system and increases heart rate. This is a great pose for metabolism and stimulates marmani (ayurvedic acupressure point) in the belly and chest to increase digestion and relives congestion in the chest."
"Poschimottanasana or 'seated forward bend' will stretch the spine, shoulder sand hamstrings while stimulating the liver, kidneys, ovaries and uterus. This pose improves digestion, reduces fatigue, anxiety and soothes headaches. The forward bend is great for high blood pressure and insomnia by calming the brain and relieving stress."
"The 'reclined spinal twist' realigns the spine by hydrating spinal discs. This pose stretches the back, side body and shoulders. Deep breathing in the posture will help to stimulate digestion."
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