It’s all a mess! Your life. One minute you’re juggling emails like chainsaws. The next you’re trying to figure out how you mistook yams for sweet potatoes at the store, and blew your entire paycheque on wine. Or was it shoes?
Adulting can often lead to self-neglect as we struggle to balance our responsibilities and yearnings. It’s hard enough you have to pay the bills, and now you also have to deal with the fact that you’re not taking care of your health and wellbeing. What are you to do though?
Remember our lazy workout? Now, we’re going to introduce you to an easy, short yoga exercise you can do while wondering about your existentialism.
Let’s get started
We recommend you do this routine in the morning when your mind and body is still waking up and has energy. Not only will this give you a boost throughout the day, but also you don’t have to worry about doing it in the evening when you’re exhausted from work or studying.
Child’s Pose (Bālāsana)
We're trying to be easy on you so we thought we start with the Child's Pose.
- Start out by kneeling on your mat. Stretch your knees out to be at the same width as your hips. Your toes should touch each other.
- Take a deep breath.
- As you exhale adjust your body so that your torso is resting over your thighs, and extend your neck and spine.
- Thereafter place your arms right beside your legs. Your palms should be facing upward while your arms extend in front of you.
- Do the aforementioned instructions for 10 long breaths, or reps.
Cat-Cow Pose (Bitlisana)
Now for a slightly complicated pose.
- Place your hands and knees flat on the floor. Your knees should rest below the hips while your wrists sit below your shoulders. Make sure your back is flat and your abs are contracted.
- Now breathe in deeply.
- As you inhale, arch your spine so it faces the ceiling while you breathe in as if your belly button is going to touch your spine.
- Now exhale. As you’re doing so, arch your back inward and let your belly loose. Your head and tailbone should be raised. Let your head fall in as if you’re tucking your chin, while your neck releases.
- Continue to change from cat to cow pose for 10 rounds, and try ignore your cat; he knows he can’t survive without the food you provide.
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This pose is derived from the Child’s Pose, so it won't give you much of a problem getting the hang of.
- So start from the Child’s Pose while pushing your hands down flat on the floor. Position your back so that it appear to look like a table’s flat surface with your limbs (wrists sitting underneath shoulders and knees underneath hips) acting as its four legs.
- Once you hold this pose, inhale and tuck your toes under your heels.
- Breathe out and lift your hips. It should resemble a V shape, which is called the downward facing dog.
- Your fingers should now spread out wide, creating a straight line between your middle fingers and elbows. Try to adjust your legs so they appear straight and lower your heels toward the ground. You should rest your head between your arms as if you’re staring through your legs where you should rest your gaze. Do this for 10 breaths.
That’s it. You’ve completed your morning yoga sessions with the greatest of ease. You have are now ready to juggle even more emails and buy both yams and sweet potatoes, and leave out the wine for now. Or maybe not. Once you get in the swing of things, also try to fit in:
Standing forward bend – Uttanasana
Warrior 1 - Virabhadrasana I
Warrior 3 - Virabhadrasana III